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.
Depends on type. Some types of arthritis of the knee may benefit from bracing while other types will not. Your evaluation will clarify what is best for you.

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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?

Symptomatic relief. A brace may help relieve your symptoms, but if your knee continues to be unstable you may need an MRI to check for ligament damage or other problems. Read more...
Not necessary. Hamstring strain is muscular and generally heals with time. Ligament injury about the knee is what causes instability which might respond better to use of brace. Read more...
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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

No brace. Unless you are playing the position of a football lineman, the knee brace is not generally found to have an large affect on knee injuries. In linemen, the carbon fiber braces prevent mcl injuries by spreading the load across the thigh and leg. Most other athletes actually get a quadriceps inhibition from use of the braces and in some cases can facilitate an injury. Read more...
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...

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

Depends. Braces have very specific uses and should not be the standard treatment of knee problems. In general, a brace will inhibit the quad muscles, often causing more problems than benefits. However, specific braces can take load off of one side of a knee for certain arthritic joints, and specific braces can stabilize the kneecap. Still others control stability in cases of mcl injuries. Best to check! Read more...
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...