Revision Total Knee Replacement: Getting the Facts 

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about revision total knee replacement.

Does knee bracing help with arthritis pain?

Dr. Matthew Lawless talks about knee bracing and arthritis pain. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

 

Knee bracing is most effective in relieving the discomfort of arthritis when the inside compartment of the knee is the area affected, according to the Arthritis Foundation (AF)Off Site Icon. Bracing in people who have knee arthritis can allow a ligament heal, relieve kneecap pain, or boost confidence, according to the AF.

Bracing may help some more than others, the relief can be temporary, and the method doesn’t slow the progression of arthritis, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)Off Site Icon. According to the AAFP, there are four types of knee braces:

  • Functional - Give support to knees that have already been injured
  • Prophylactic - Designed to protect knees from injuries during contact sports like football
  • Rehabilitative - Limit harmful knee movement while a knee is healing after an injury or surgery
  • Unloader/offloader – Designed to provide relief to people who have arthritis in their knees

For more information about knee bracing for arthritis pain, talk to your doctor.

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Source: Richard Davis II, MD, Premier Orthopedics; National Institutes of Health; American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; National Institutes of Health