knee bursitis treatmentsHas walking become harder and harder for you? Are you constantly worrying about the pain radiating from your knee? If so, you might have arthritis. Although arthritis usually develops at a slow place, it may also begin suddenly, causing you to feel intense pain. But, did you know that there are three different types of arthritis that can occur in your knee?

Keep reading to learn more about the type of arthritis you may have in your knee and various mechanisms to help ease the pain. Also, what the best knee braces for arthritis to aid the knee pain is.

Best Knee Braces for Arthritis to Aid the Knee Pain

1. Hinged Knee Brace

Gladiator Total Range of Motion Hinged Knee Support Brace By BioSkin

This Brace is great for providing optimal stability, support, and structure. It is especially ideal for those of you that undergo surgery, such as arthroscopy. It is important to keep your knee secured during your healing process.

This Gladiator Hinged knee brace has a long frame and bilateral hinges that will provide the support you require while preventing hyperextension. Additionally, the Gladiator is hypoallergenic and thus latex-free.

Read Our In-depth Review of the Gladiator Brace Here!

2. Knee Compression Sleeve

Mava Sports Knee Support Sleeves & Ultra Flex Athletics Knee Compression Sleeve

Personally, I feel that these two sleeves are basically interchangeable. They offer similar benefits with their sleeve compression and pain relief. However, the Mava Sports Knee Support Sleeves come in a pair, which is great if you require pain relief for both knees.

Furthermore, knee sleeves, instead of braces, allow for more mobility. They also help stimulate blood flow and improve muscle and joint movement.

Mava Sport Knee Support Sleeve

Read Our In-depth Mava Sport Sleeve Review Here!

 

Ultra Flex Athletics Knee Compression Sleeve

Read Our In-depth Ultra Flex Compression Sleeve Review Here!

3. Knee Support Brace

WinZone Knee Support Brace

This is a  smaller  framed brace when compared to the Gladiator. It primarily wraps around the patella (kneecap) rather than extending to both your lower thigh and upper calf. Therefore, this compact brace is great for those of you that require some extra support, but are neither looking for a long and bulky brace nor a sleeve.

The WinZone Knee Support Brace features patella support with its stabilizer ring and overall support with its velcro strap system.

Read Our In-depth WinZone Knee Brace Review Here!

 

Additionally, all of these options aim to reduce swelling and alleviate pain. However, the knee sleeves (Mava and Ultra Flex Athletics) are specially made to reduce knee swelling. The purpose of the braces, on the other hand, is to provide optimal stability, structure, and support. This will help prevent further knee injury and also aid in the healing and recovery process after surgery.

Types of Arthritis in the Knee

There are 3 kinds of arthritis that can develop in the knees. These include;

  1. Osteoarthritis (OA)
  2. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
  3. Post-Traumatic Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis that you can get in your knees. It typically begins slowly, as it wears away joint cartilage.

This type of arthritis tends to occur after reaching middle age. Osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative joint disease, degenerative arthritis, and wear-and-tear arthritis.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is unlike osteoarthritis in that it can occur at any age. Worst of all, this is an autoimmune disease which will stay with you forever once you have it. However, you may have periods of remission during which you may be symptom and pain-free.

This is an inflammatory condition that can cause your knee to swell, making it a challenge to partake in your typical daily tasks. Furthermore, you could eventually lose control and function of your knee. Luckily, you can work on deterring those chances by using preventative measures and support, such as knee braces.

Post-Traumatic Arthritis is also quite unfortunate to contract. It appears after a knee injury. It can even appear years after the initial injury, which may have been ligament tears, fractures, or a torn meniscus. So, just imagine dealing with a horrible knee injury and then once you think you have completely healed and overcome it, you develop post-traumatic arthritis.

Personally, this is the type of arthritis I am most worried about, considering the amount of damage I have already done to my knees from playing high impact sports. Not to mention that it can occur at any age, just like rheumatoid arthritis.

 

Risk Factors for Developing These Types of Arthritis in the Knee

  • Osteoarthritis:
    • Obesity
    • Joint injury
    • Putting lots of stress on your joints
    • Issues with your joint formation
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis:
    • Doctors do not actually know the exact causes of this autoimmune disease.
    • It could be caused by a combination of your genes, environment, and susceptibility to virus and infections.
  • Post-Traumatic Arthritis:
    • Having suffered from knee injuries including meniscal tears, ligament tears, and fractures

 

Symptoms and Causes

  • Osteoarthritis:
    • Pain
    • Stiffness
    • Swelling
    • Limited mobility
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis:
    • Pain
    • Stiffness
    • Swelling
    • Inability to control knee function
    • Often times RA is symmetrical and if one knee is affected, chances are that the other will be as well.
  • Post-Traumatic Arthritis:
    • Pain
    • Stiffness
    • Swelling
    • Tenderness
    • Joint instability
    • Bone spurs and deformities

Healing Options – Invasive & Non-Invasive

3 Types of Surgeries

Of course, your doctor will know which healing option is best for your condition. However, in many cases, surgery may be necessary. Below are the three most common types of surgeries for treating arthritis in the knee.

  1. Total Joint Replacement: This is when your entire knee is replaced by a prosthetic of plastic, metal, or ceramic. It is also the most common type of knee arthritis surgery.
  2. Osteotomy: This is when you attempt to control the pressure and damage to your knee by modifying the bones around the knee.
  3. Arthroscopy: During this procedure, an incision is made in your knee so that the doctor can either remove or repair the affected areas.

 

Summary

Arthritis can feel like an endless progression of pain. However, it does not need to be that way. There are measures that you can take in order to reduce pain and increase comfort. In many cases, the progression of arthritis can be hindered by introducing knee support and pain relief mechanisms, one of which includes wearing a knee brace or sleeve.

I suggest using a knee brace or sleeve, along with other treatment plans, including exercise, partaking in physical therapy and more.

As for knee braces/sleeves, the Gladiator Hinged Knee Brace, Mava Sports Knee Support Sleeves, Ultra Flex Athletics Compression Sleeve, and WinZone Knee Support Brace are great pain relief treatment and recovery options.

For more specific and personal information, please speak with your doctor.

We hope you are feeling pain relief as soon as possible! Please let us know if you have any comments or questions regarding this article.

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