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Is a knee brace a good idea for an arthritic knee?

Is a knee brace a good idea for an arthritic knee?

Maybe: Arthritis in the knee is a common problem. There are different approaches to treat it. Conservative approach involves medications, gait modifications, physical therapy, knee devices of which brace makes part. Depending on the location of the arthritis you may need a valgus or a varus brace that will shift the bones of the joint to a certain angle that will slow down the progression of arthritis. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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I believe I have a hamstring sprain, behind my knee, which I have been treating with rice. However, knee stability is weak. Knee brace good idea?

I believe I have a hamstring sprain, behind my knee, which I have been treating with rice.  However, knee stability is weak.  Knee brace good idea?

Many best braces: Each brace is indicated for a different purpose. Each has their strengths and limitations. You will need to be evaluated by a professional to get the best brace for your condition. ...Read more

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Swollen knee and ankle-- knee clicks when moved and hurts --ankle just swollen -no injury just popped up! any ideas i nhave tried a knee brace and ice--no change

Swollen knee and ankle-- knee clicks when moved and hurts --ankle just swollen -no injury just popped up! any ideas i nhave tried a knee brace and ice--no change

Painful : Painful clicking in a knee usually implies either torn cartilage (meniscus) or uneven and worn cartilage (ie arthritis). There are other inflammatory possibilities as well including gout, synovitis, bursitis, etc. The bottom line is that you really need to have this evaluated and examined by your local physician (primary care or orthopedist) likely with an xray and possibly an mri. If it is only an inflammatory issue (such as an arthritic flare), non-steroidal antiinflammatory medications can be taken (with caution and if not allergic). If this is unsuccessful along with other options including the ice and brace that you have tried, sometimes injections of either cortisone or hyaluronic acid can be considered. However, if there is a mechanical reason for your pain and clicking, such as a meniscus tear, you will likely need minor arthroscopic surgery. ...Read more

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Is it not good to sleep with a knee brace on?

Is it not good to sleep with a knee brace on?

Ask your doctor: The answer to you question can vary depending on you exact condition. Have you knee professionally evaluated and ask your doctor when and for how long you should use your brace. ...Read more

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What are good exercises to strengthen an arthritic knee?

What are good exercises to strengthen an arthritic knee?

Low impact exercises: In general, low impact exercises are best for arthritic knees. Cycling and swimming are good examples. ...Read more

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What is a good knee brace?

What is a good knee brace?

Several: There are several very good brace manufacturers. Really depends on what your knee 'problem' is... If you have an ' acl - deficient knee' breg and don-joy both make quality custom- fit functional knee braces.Best to see your orthopedic surgeon to see if you require a knee brace ... Then he or she can recommend one best for you. Best of luck! ...Read more

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What's a good knee brace for football players?

What's a good knee brace for football players?

What position??: I believe that all linemen should wear hinged knee braces. For ball carriers, the use of any brace may slow down one performance and would probably only be worn if required by team physician. ...Read more

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What kind of knee brace is good to prevent a sports knee injury?

What kind of knee brace is good to prevent a sports knee injury?

None.: There are no proven braces that help prevent knee injuries. However, we feel that a hinged knee brace may offer some support for the knee. Hinged knee braces can be found at most sporting goods stores. ...Read more

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Whats a good over-the-counter knee brace to help in knee aches or knee tendonitis?

Whats a good over-the-counter knee brace to help in knee aches or knee tendonitis?

Simplest?: The most simple answer is a cho-pat strap, which can be found online. More sophisticated devices need proper fitting. ...Read more

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Instead of getting knee surgery, would a knee brace do much good for a bad knee joint ?

Instead of getting knee surgery, would a knee brace do much good for a bad knee joint ?

Occasionally: An unloading knee brace can be beneficial for people with arthritis in one side of the knee. Many people are not good candidates for bracing because of their body habitus though. ...Read more

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I fell on ice and saw my doc and said it's a bad sprain on my right knee and said to buy a knee brace what kind would be good to get?

I fell on ice and saw my doc and said it's a bad sprain on my right knee and said to buy a knee brace what kind would be good to get?

Different braces: Each brace is indicated for a different purpose. Each has their strengths and limitations. You will need to be evaluated by a professional to get the best brace for your condition. ...Read more

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What's a good knee brace for ACL injuries? Play soccer

What's a good knee brace for ACL injuries? Play soccer

A functional orthosi: A functional brace (orthosis), that is measured to the contours of your leg, is the best type of brace that you can use. ...Read more

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Is a knee brace a good idea to get for someone with arthritis?

Is a knee brace a good idea to get for someone with arthritis?

Might be...: There is a special brace called an unloading brace which may be beneficial to certain kinds of arthritis (osteoarthritis mostly). A stabilizing brace is only of use if the joint is unstable. A plain neoprene sleeve for compression may give a patient comfort, but not so much stability. Check with your doc as to which type may benefit this patient. ...Read more

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How long should you use a knee brace for?

How long should you use a knee brace for?

Depends on why R U-: -wearing the brace. Only Ur orthopedist can tell U as there R so many reasons a brace is used 4. Fractures, sprains, ligament tears & post op. reconstruction. If U have not Cn an orthopedic surgeon please do so, & present Ur ? 2 him/her. ...Read more

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What is the purpose of a knee brace? How does it help?

What is the purpose of a knee brace? How does it help?

Stability.: Many knee braces have hinges, to make up for any ligamentuous laxity one may have. Others are merely sleeves, that may help the tracking of the kneecap. ...Read more

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Please tell me what to wear when wearing a knee brace?

Please tell me what to wear when wearing a knee brace?

Comfortable: anything under the brace thats comfortable or nothing at all if the brace fits well ...Read more

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Please advise if it's bad to sleep with a knee brace on?

Please advise if it's bad to sleep with a knee brace on?

Dont sleep with it.: In general, if you are using a knee brace just for a little support or comfort throughout the day, you should take it off to go to sleep, so that you don't constrict your circulation. If the brace is a ligament support brace for an injured knee, then your doctor may require you to sleep with it on. ...Read more

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How effective is the osteoarthritis knee brace?

How effective is the osteoarthritis knee brace?

Depends: For some people in whom the problem is a misalignment of the knee, a knee brace can be quite helpful. It doesn't work for everyone, and works best if you have been told that "only one side" of the knee is involved. ...Read more

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How would wearing a knee-brace help with a pinched meniscus?

How would wearing a knee-brace help with a pinched meniscus?

Help negate reinjury: A pinched or torn meniscus can cause pain. The torn meniscus can get caught with motion across the joint as the loaded knee flexes and extends. This could cause further damage to the meniscus. The goal of the brace is to limit the risk of further injury or damage to the already injured meniscus. ...Read more

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