What is knee Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis (OA) in the knee is a common ailment and is the most common of joint maladies. OA refers to changes in the joint when the layer of cartilage is attacked or otherwise damaged such that it wears away - it is irreversible, which means that once cartilage wears away, it can't be replaced. In the end this can also cause changes to bones. The mobility of the joint becomes limited, and this can lead to irritation. In approximately 60% of cases the knee is affected. The causes are various: joint malformation, age, overuse (i.e., manual labour or obesity), athletic injuries and accidents. However, the ways of actively combating knee OA are as varied as the causes. Options include exercise, proper nutrition, medication and much more.
Osteoarthritis (OA) can be challenging to treat for many reasons, especially if you have difficulty tolerating corrective force or are overweight. If you are diagnosed with mild to moderate medial or lateral osteoarthritis, or have OA combined with ligament instability, you may benefit from using a specialised knee brace.
What knee OA brace is correct for me?
Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all for knee OA braces. SPAO do offer a wide range of Knee OA braces from various brands. Contact us today to arrange a trial of our extensive range.
Signs of osteoarthritis
There are several common symptoms that signal knee osteoarthritis. They can occur individually or together. With the initial onset of the loss of cartilage, however, you may not notice any of these symptoms.
When symptoms appear, they usually occur in the following order.
- Cracking in the joint
- Pain during load-bearing activities, such as carrying heavy objects
- Pain during daily activities, such as climbing stairs
- Diminished mobility
- Swelling and inflammation