Donjoy Defiance and Ossur Unloader One osteoarthritis knee braces are lightweight, easy to use, non-surgical treatment options for knee osteoarthritis. A osteoarthritis knee brace helps to offload the knee joint, stabilize and prevent further damage to the knee with activities.
Knee Osteoarthritis (OA) is a condition that causes a gradual breakdown of the cartilage in your knee joint. As the condition progresses and the cartilage gets worn away, the bones can start to rub and grind against each other which causes pain. The pain can often be felt when you bend, walk, use stairs, or even when you’re resting. This is a chronic degenerative condition, which means that it gradually worsens over time.
Knee osteoarthritis can start as minor pain and discomfort but it can soon progress as the joint becomes more vulnerable and sensitive to activities. The gradual progression of cartilage loss can take months to years to progress. Various life and activity modifications such as weight management and altered activities to reduce stresses to the knee joint can help slow osteoarthritis over time. Custom knee bracing for osteoarthritis is another important step to help in the overall function and to delay the wear and tear in a knee joint. A custom knee brace will help change the forces in the knee joint thus protecting already worn down areas.