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how do you choose a good knee brace for a pulled muscle and possibly arthritis?

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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine 41 years experience
Braces: Braces have positives and negatives. If you have ligament damage it can protect your joint from further damage. Bracing a painful joint may lead to weak muscles around the joint. Have a good exam by your physician or an orthopedic surgeon, a specialist in bone and joint disease. Any brace should be designed for a specific joint issue, along with instructions on how to keep it healthy.
Dr. Ralph Salvagno
Orthopedic Surgery 39 years experience
Fit and Stability: There are many different types of "over the counter " knee braces available at your local pharmacy. If you have had a mild ligament injury a neoprene sleeve with flexible side stays and velcro straps would be helpful. Patients with more significant arthritis often benefit by use of a neoprene hinged knee brace. The brace should fit snug but not tight

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What causes right low back pain and front right thigh pain?

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