Bracing may benefit people who suffer from osteoarthritis and give them confidence to perform daily tasks. Other benefits from wearing a brace can include reduced pressure and swelling or give the wearer increased stability. Although, bracing can benefit those who have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis not all braces may be suitable for these people.
There are four main types of braces: Prophylactic, functional, supportive, and rehabilitative. Prophylactic braces are generally worn while the wearer plays sports or engages in physical activity. If you've already injured a joint and are now recovering from that injury, functional or supportive braces may help. Often, after surgery, rehabilitative braces will be used to promote time for healing. Unloader and offloader braces are most commonly worn by people with osteoarthritis because they take pressure off key areas.
Braces can be made out of several different materials. These materials may include plastic, metal, rubber, or foam. The most common type of support is knee bracing, however arthritis support can also come in the form of ankle, wrist, or back bracing.
After a joint related injury or diagnosis of arthritis, your doctor may recommend a nonsurgical treatment such as a brace to relieve pain and discomfort. To help alleviate this pain, braces redistribute weight away from the injured joint. A brace may also provide compression.
This could reduce swelling that can occur after physical activity in those who have been diagnosed with arthritis. Completing daily tasks while wearing a brace will give you more confidence knowing that you have the support to do the things you'd otherwise not be able to do.
Benefiting from a brace is something not all people will be able to afford. The location of the damage or instability will determine the effectiveness of the brace. A knee brace may be beneficial to you if you have damage to the medial compartment of your knee. However, you'll likely need surgery if there has been a tear to your anterior collateral ligament. At Broadway Home Medical, we have a plethora of braces targeting many joints around the body. If you have any questions, stop by at one of our stores located in Wichita, Kansas.