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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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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Osteoarthritis (Definition)

Common degenerative problem of cartilage and joints. Wear and tear to a point that the joint no longer can keep up with depositing fresh cartilage and the joint space thins, bone becomes exposed and pailful, bone spurs ...Read more


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What type of knee brace would be best for a basketball player with osteoarthritis?

What type of knee brace would be best for a basketball player with osteoarthritis?

If U have 1 comp-: -artment disease there is an unloaded brace, but not 4 sports, & BBall is the worst thing U can do. Running, cutting, jumping R all bad, & no bracing will help. Consult a fellowship trained sports med orth surgeon. I would assume U will hear the same. ...Read more

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Looking for the best knee brace?

Looking for the best knee brace?

Depends on diagnosis: Knee braces are used for many reasons such as patellar tendinitis, acl deficiency, mcl injury prevention, knee arthritis, and patellofemoral pain. Each brace is designed for a specific problem and the best brace for a specific person depends on what the brace is needed for. ...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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If you have a sprained knee grade one, do you need crutches or a knee brace?

If you have a sprained knee grade one, do you need crutches or a knee brace?

Many options: Depending on the condition some treatment options may include rest, ice, compression and elevation, bracing, injection, pain medication, anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, and surgery. Have it evaluated and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What type of knee brace should you wear and for how long after microfracture surgery?

What type of knee brace should you wear and for how long after microfracture surgery?

Microfracture: It depends upon the joint stability and the extent/location of the microfracture. Bracing or activity modification may help in the first 6 weeks, check with your orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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My knees buckle and feels weak a lot too. Would a knee brace help stop my knee giving out?

My knees buckle and feels weak a lot too. Would a knee brace help stop my knee giving out?

Unlikely: Knee buckling/weakness is not a sign of knee problems. The knee is naturally designed to buckle/bend. The muscles and nerves that control the muscles keep the leg straight at the knee. Braces do not replace or improve the muscles or nerves. Without a specific knee injury, knee swelling, knee locking, this problem is unlikely a knee pathology and therefore, a knee brace will not help. ...Read more

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When i straighten my right leg it pops painfully and i wear a knee brace on it. What should I do about?

When i straighten my right leg it pops painfully and i wear a knee brace on it. What should I do about?

Further work up: You need a thorough history, physical exam and possibly some further work up - xray/mri. However, if after the history ; exam, your doc doesn't determine any significant problem or the problem becomes apparent, he may choose to prescribe treatment commensurate to the problem found. ...Read more

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I have becker's md and i was wondering if there was a knee brace that could keep my knees from giving out so often.

I have becker's md and i was wondering if there was a knee brace that could keep my knees from giving out so often.

Muscular Dystrophy: Becker's can effect people very subtly or more substantially. Usually if your knee is giving out it is due to weakness, contractors, or pain in the knee. The brace provides a propioceptive input into your nervous system to fire muscles. It does not provide functional support in and of itself. Best thing is to maximize your strengthening activities, correct any flexibility or knee issues. ...Read more

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I sprained my knee and was given a knee brace. Would a smaller knee brace and or ace bandage be as affective so I can work in.

I sprained my knee and was given a knee brace. Would a smaller knee brace and or ace bandage be as affective so I can work in.

Maybe: It depends if you're on your feet and walking a lot at work. Which would be better, although it's counter-intuitive. If you sit at a desk. or stand in one place, wear the bigger brace. People will understand. Ask your doctor to write a letter just in case. ...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?

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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I don't know what i did to my knee it hurts so bad when walking or standing the pain is unreal will a knee brace help reduce the pain?

I don't know what i did to my knee it hurts so bad when walking or standing the pain is unreal will a knee brace help reduce the pain?

See your Dr.: A knee brace may or may not help. With this degree of knee pain limiting your adl's, your should see your doctor for further evaluation. An MRI may be needed. In the absence of injury, blood test and possibly joint fluid analysis is recommended to help make a definitive diagnosis followed by initiation of the most appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I've been wearing a knee brace to help knee pain but my knee gets so hot that me knee is wet with sweat should I be worried about seriously wrong?

I've been wearing a knee brace to help knee pain but my knee gets so hot that me knee is wet with sweat should I be worried about seriously wrong?

Diagnosis first!: Knee brace may help for knee joint instability; but pain calls for precise diagnosis first, and treatment second. Not sure if he brace is the most effective treatment for knee pain; perhaps only if the pain is triggered by an abnormal range of motion. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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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