Osteoarthritis pain results from loss of the cartilage that covers the ends of the tibia and femur. Depending on the progression of your disease, the joint space of your knee may become small enough to allow the two bones to touch, causing pain when doing normal activities like walking, going down stairs or playing golf.
For a correct diagnosis, it is an important to see an orthopedic doctor who will take into account your symptoms and your medical history, examine your joints, and order diagnostic tests. This may include blood work, X rays, a CT scan or an MRI for a better understanding of the anatomy of your joint and its condition.
Based on your history, symptoms, and the amount of degenerative change in your joint, you and your doctor will determine the right treatment for you.
Your doctor may prescribe or suggest anti-inflammatory medications (like aspirin or ibuprofen) and osteoarthritis bracing. Cold therapy may be recommended to ease pain and reduce swelling. Many health care professionals also prescribe osteoarthritis bracing, also called “off-loading braces“. Ask your orthopedic physician about Breg’s Freestyle OA brace and whether it is right for you. Learn more about how osteoarthritis braces work.
Knee bracing has been proven highly effective in relieving osteoarthritis symptoms. osteoarthritis bracing, like the Freestyle OA knee brace, is a mechanical solution to address the malalignment of the knee.