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Bracing for Knee Arthritis

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Bracing for knee arthritis
A common treatment for knee arthritis includes bracing for the knee. Is that helpful and is it recommended? Partly it depends on the knee problem, but in general bracing can be helpful.
There are various different types of braces.  For example a compression brace can help in terms of pain relief. It’s a sleeve type brace that is usually comfortable and easy to wear.  It can help with some of the myofascial pain and soft tissue related pain around the knee due to the compression. In  addition if you have swelling, compression can help with that as well.
Compression braces do not offer significant structural support however. Osteoarthritis has a very significant component of instability and laxity in the ligaments and certain types of knee braces, in particular more rigid ones, can help in terms of instability as well. The rigidity of the brace is the benefit, but can also be less comfortable to wear.
In general knee bracing can be helpful in terms of knee osteoarthritis related pain.  It can offer stability and support, allow you to do more significant function, and reduce pain while you’re doing activity.  As such it’s a good low-risk modality to utilize in terms of knee pain relief, keep you functional, and keep you physically active.
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Is Walking Good for Knee Arthritis? Tik Tok Style

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Is walking good for knee arthritis? Video made TikTok style.

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At Chicago Arthritis and Regenerative Medicine our mission is to improve your pain and function, allowing you to do the activities you enjoy with the people you care about.   

We accomplish this with various non surgical modalities to treat musculoskeletal and orthopedic conditions, including using your own blood and stem cells to treat arthritis, tendinitis, injuries, and back pain. 

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When to suspect Knee Arthritis

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Do I have Knee Arthritis? When should you suspect Arthritis as the cause of your Knee Pain?

-Chronic knee pain.

-Knee pain worse with activity.

-Age over 50 and pain in the knee.

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At Chicago Arthritis and Regenerative Medicine our mission is to improve your pain and function, allowing you to do the activities you enjoy with the people you care about.   

We accomplish this with various non surgical modalities to treat musculoskeletal and orthopedic conditions, including using your own blood and stem cells to treat arthritis, tendinitis, injuries, and back pain. 

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Best Initial Treatments for Knee Arthritis

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What is the best initial treatment for knee osteoarthritis? As a general rule the best initial treatment is likely weight loss. It leads to less pain and stress on the knees. Some sort of regular leg, hip, and core strengthening activities to help stabilize the knee as well are essential

The over-the-counter supplements such as glucosamine chondroitin,  omega-3, and turmeric have such a low risk profile and can help with knee arthritis pain those should be considered as well.  They are preferred compared to daily non steroidal medications and narcotics, both which have much greater associated risks.  To me those are your first and foremost treatments that you should consider if you have knee arthritis. After that it’s on a case by case basis what should be used next.

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Is Walking OA with Knee Arthritis?

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Is walking ok if you have knee osteoarthritis? Siddharth Tambar MD from Chicago Arthritis and Regenerative Medicine discusses.

A common question I get asked is whether walking is good if you have knee arthritis. The simple answer is it depends. However, the evidence suggests that exercise in general and even running can be helpful in people that have knee arthritis.

This is for a few reasons. Number one, if it helps keep you at a closer to ideal body weight, that reduction in weight leads to a reduction in stress on the knee which is good in terms of knee arthritis related pain. Number two, anything that helps to strengthen the legs whether that’s walking or other exercise can be helpful as well in terms of helping with stability and reducing pain in knee osteoarthritis.

Now with that said if walking leads to more significant pain in the knee, you need to take that into consideration. If you are having pain that is more than a 2 out of 10 with any activity, you should consider modifying or even consider stopping it if needed. Sometimes modification might mean reducing the strenuousness of an activity or changing up technique so that you may still be able to do that kind of activity.

So as a short answer, yes in general walking should be good for knee osteoarthritis, as long as it’s not causing more significant pain.

At Chicago Arthritis and Regenerative Medicine our mission is to improve your pain and function, allowing you to do the activities you enjoy with the people you care about.

We accomplish this with various non surgical modalities to treat musculoskeletal and orthopedic conditions, including using your own blood and stem cells to treat arthritis, tendinitis, injuries, and back pain.

More from Chicago Arthritis and Regenerative Medicine:

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