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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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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more


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What is a good exercise for a person with knee arthritis?

What is a good exercise for a person with knee arthritis?

No running!: Body as a whole, or knee. I favor cycling outdoors, because your body weight is off the knee and you are not dropping weight in stride which can bring nearly 1000 lbs of force on the knee joint. A schwinn airdyne is very good, because you also use arms and spread the work to upper extremity as well. Isometric exercises are also helpful! ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to get help for a fractured hand?

Is it a good idea to get help for a fractured hand?

Yes: If your hand is fractured or even if you just think your hand might be fractured, i would suggest seeing an orthopaedic surgeon for an exam and x-rays to make sure that your hand injury is treated appropriately. ...Read more

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Would useing crutches for a possible ankle sprain with out knowing if it is a sprain be a good idea?

Would useing crutches for a possible ankle sprain with out knowing if it is a sprain be a good idea?

When in doubt: Staying off-weight bearing using crutches are always a safe bet. I assume you know how to use crutches. The last thing you want to do is break your hip or dislocate your shoulder! ...Read more

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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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Is it a good idea for someone with type 1 diabetes to go for a 15 minute jog or is it best to walk?

Is it a good idea for someone with type 1 diabetes to go for a 15 minute jog or is it best to walk?

It's fine: More intense cardiovascular workout is fine, especially since you are not talking about running a marathon - then i would always use a buddy system and have someone with me. But a 15 minute jog is fine. If you have history of hypoglycemic episodes, just make sure you eat and drink a little bit before your jog and make sure you tuck your glucose tablets in your sock in case you feel shaky. ...Read more

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What is a good way to deal with an ankle sprain?

What is a good way to deal with an ankle sprain?

Many possibilities: R.I.C.E. Rest, ice, compression, elevation. Immobilization with a splint or brace may be of benefit in the initial phase of recovery. Oral anti-inflammatory medication may help with the pain and swelling. Once improved, mobilization and physical therapy can help restore strength and function. Healing times may vary. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to type with a sprained wrist?

Is it possible for you to type with a sprained wrist?

If Mild to Mod.- Yes: Most mild to moderate wrist sprains should allow one to type. A more severe sprain may cause enough constant discomfort with any movement, that typing would not be feasible. Each wrist sprain is a bit different as is each person's pain tolerance. Check with your treating physician to see if typing is prudent in your particular case. ...Read more

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Knee arthritus is it a good idea to exercise?

Knee arthritus is it a good idea to exercise?

Arthritis: It is always good to exercise and be active with arthritis . It keeps the supporting muscles and ligaments healthy . If the joint becomes very painful check with doctor to make sure there is no associated problem of acute nature that requires rest or further investigation prior to redemption of exercise and activity. ...Read more

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

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

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 ...Read more

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Is it better to see a sports doctor or physiotherapist for knee pain?

Is it better to see a sports doctor or physiotherapist for knee pain?

Sports doc: I would start with a sports medicine doctor, as they have the training to make sure you don't have something seriously wrong. This may include XR or MRI if indicated. If safe, you may then be referred to a physiotherapist to help you return to function ...Read more

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What would be a good sport for my child with hemophilia?

What would be a good sport for my child with hemophilia?

Swimming: It is not a contact sport, great exercise, little chance of bleeding, and competitive if desired! ...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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Would it be safe for seniors to have a knee replacement?

Would it be safe for seniors to have a knee replacement?

Unclear question: There is documented improvement in the quality of life after a knee replacement at almost any age. Risks increase with age and medical conditions. The knee replacement is one of the most common surgeries performed today. I would recommend someone with experience and talk to some of their patients. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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Can you recommend a good knee brace for jogging with rheumatoid arthritis?

Don't jog: If you need a brace to jog with your ra, you should not be jogging in the first place. Cycle or swim instead. ...Read more

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

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 ...Read more

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Can you tell me where i can get a specialised (or sports based) hypermobility knee brace?

Can you tell me where i can get a specialised (or sports based) hypermobility knee brace?

Orthotist: You should find an orthotist in your area who can not only get the brace for you but make sure its fits correctly. ...Read more

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I have knee pain with extra bone growth due to growing issues at the bottom of my kneeShould I get a knee brace for it before my next basketball game?

I have knee pain with extra bone growth due to growing issues at the bottom of my kneeShould I get a knee brace for it before my next basketball game?

Not onycholysis: There are all types of causes of nail pathology. You should see a specialist so they can tell you whether it is fungal or caused by other things ...Read more

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Would i need to get a knee brace after a tabial plateau fracture?

Would i need to get a knee brace after a tabial plateau fracture?

May be of benefit: It is quite common for one to receive a brace following a fracture of that type. Your physician can let you know if a brace is right for you. ...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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I have a hyperextended knee. I am looking into getting a knee brace to support it until I can get surgery? What would you suggest?

I have a hyperextended knee. I am looking into getting a knee brace to support it until I can get surgery? What would you suggest?

Ligament brace: Look for a brace with metal supports on each side of your knee. It is often called a ligament brace. It will keep your knee as stable as possible. ...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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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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I have knee pain with extra build up at the bottom. Should I get a knee brace for it before my next basketball game?

I have knee pain with extra build up at the bottom. Should I get a knee brace for it before my next basketball game?

What is extra build: I am uncertain what you mean by extra buildup at the bottom. You need to ask your physician to help clarify your diagnosis. A knee exercise program with physical therapy which you can follow. The first thing however is to get the correct diagnosis of your knee. ...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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Braces (Definition)

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Arthritis (Definition)

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