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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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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...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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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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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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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

Dr. Robert Lowe
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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


Dr. Andrew Berry
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Braces (Definition)

They are used in orthodontics. The braces are put onto the teeth at precise anatomical locations, and wire runs through the braces and brings teeth into proper alignment. This is a very short answer for a very ...Read more