A relief knee brace is a type of knee brace that can be used to provide stability, support, and pain relief from osteoarthritis of the knee , which primarily affects only one side of the knee joint. This type of knee brace is designed to transfer or "offload" pressure from one side of the joint to the other. In other words, an unloading knee brace does exactly what its name suggests – it transfers the load from the affected side of the joint to the healthier side of the joint.
Wearing a shock knee brace can give you enough comfort to improve your mobility and reduce pain at rest. It does not cure or cure osteoarthritis or any other joint disease .
How does it work
The Relief Knee Brace is a specially designed knee brace made of molded plastic, foam, and steel struts to stabilize the knee joint and limit lateral movement of the joint. It fits completely around the leg at the knee joint, providing flexibility for movement.
It is designed to apply three points of pressure to the femur, forcing the knee to bend away from the painful area of the joint. Some versions can relieve the medial (inner) and lateral (outer) knee simply by adjusting the relief pivot .
Approximately 54 million Americans have osteoarthritis , a painful condition that most often affects the hands, knees, and hips. Knee osteoarthritis has increased in the United States due to obesity.
Knee relief braces are commonly prescribed for people with osteoarthritis of the medial knee, which is arthritis that affects the inside of the knee. In these cases, the instability of the knee can cause the knee to move towards the inside of the leg while walking. The relief knee brace takes pressure off the weak knee area to give you more stability. Again, this is most beneficial if the other side of the knee joint is relatively healthy and can withstand the stress.
Research shows that stress relieving knee braces can delay knee replacement surgery if you have single-body (one-sided) osteoarthritis. It is generally considered a cost-effective treatment that provides pain relief without side effects. It can also reduce knee pain and stability associated with knee osteoarthritis after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) .
Experts from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) have studied whether a knee brace can objectively help people with osteoarthritis of the medial knee joint. When criteria including knee pain, stiffness, functional capacity, and self-reported physical performance are used, the AAOS recommendation for a shock knee brace in the medical department is not conclusive .
Although a relief knee orthosis may allow some people with medial knee osteoarthritis to postpone surgery, it is unclear if there are other benefits.
Using the relief knee brace
Shock knee braces can average between $ 400 and $ 900. They are not always covered by health insurance, so you should check with your plan provider.
There are several designs of shock type knee braces. If your doctor or physical therapist prescribes one for you, they will tell you whether you can buy a corset or order a custom or custom model. Depending on your condition, you may need a specially ordered corset from one of the manufacturers. The manufacturer will ask you for detailed information about the size and function of your knee so that you can choose the right size and specifications for your condition.
Your healthcare professional or physical therapist will instruct you on how often to wear the brace, in which situations you should use it, and in what situations you should not.
As a practical matter, unloading the knee pads can be cumbersome, so opt for baggy pants, shorts, or a skirt.
If you are starting to wear a shock knee brace, keep in mind that they are generally used in conjunction with other osteoarthritis treatments and not in place of them. Keep taking your medications, attend physical therapy, and follow the instructions of your healthcare professional or therapist.
Get the word of drug information
If you think a knee brace can help you control pain and mobility, discuss your symptoms with your doctor, who can help you decide if a knee brace is right for you and what type of brace will benefit you the most. The decision about whether to wear a knee brace depends on the location and extent of the knee osteoarthritis. Your preference as to whether you want to try it also plays a huge role in this decision.