Does a knee brace help with osteoarthritis?


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Auteur: Bart van Ommen – ⏱ 8 minuten

Knee osteoarthritis (also known as gonarthrosis) can cause a lot of pain. As a result, osteoarthritis can limit you considerably in daily life. There are many different ways to treat osteoarthritis. In this article we will address the question: “Does a knee brace help with osteoarthritis?” Click here for more information about treatment methods for osteoarthritis.

Does a knee brace help with osteoarthritis?

A knee brace is a low-threshold solution for osteoarthritis in the knee. The knee braces for osteoarthritis are aimed at relieving pain. In cases of incipient osteoarthritis, this could well be done with a compression brace. In moderate to severe osteoarthritis, a corrective rigid knee brace is advised. The advantage of a knee brace over pain medication is that you can not get any side effects from it. The knee brace is also prescribed by a doctor to postpone any surgery as long as possible. A knee brace can be worn when the pain is most severe, or in specific high-risk activities. Whether a knee brace helps depends on the personal situation and the intensity of pain. It is therefore important to make a good consideration of which brace suits you best. We are happy to help you with our Bracewijzer. In addition, you can of course consider trying on a brace at one of our points of sale.

Research

In recent years, a lot of research has been done into the effect of knee braces in osteoarthritis. This is particularly important to demonstrate scientific evidence of the effect of a particular treatment method. The Amsterdam UMC conducted a systematic study into the effect of knee braces and came to the following conclusion:

These studies show that the brace reduces pain in the knees, increases the stability of the knees, improves physical functioning and increases patients’ confidence in their knees.

Source: Benefits of soft knee bracing in knee osteoarthritis – thesis 2018

Which knee brace suits me best?

Choosing the right knee brace is important to bring about a good effect. We are happy to help you with this choice with our Bracewijzer. Bracewijzer is not intended to give an indication and is therefore not an alternative to a consultation with your general practitioner, doctor, physiotherapist and other healthcare professionals. It is wise to always make your movement complaint known to a competent healthcare professional.

Bart van Ommen

Het kiezen van de juiste brace, passend bij jouw klacht en je situatie is geen makkelijke opgave. Daarom vinden wij het als leverancier onze taak om kennis over braces met je te delen, zodat je een overwogen keuze kan maken. De brace die bij jou past en jouw het beste ondersteunt in je activiteit.