Did you know that approximately 14 million people a year are expected to develop osteoporosis, a condition that causes serious bone demineralization? Even though osteoporosis is a form of arthritis, the condition itself doesn’t actually cause pain.
The pain and discomfort of osteoporosis comes from bone loss, fractures, and other effects on your bones that the condition can cause. At Commonwealth Musculoskeletal Medicine we’re here to provide you with the latest and most effective treatment options. That’s why we’ve compiled this helpful guide to how a knee brace can help ease the pain of osteoporosis.
Osteoarthritis is a condition in which your bones start to lose cells and minerals that keep them strong and resilient. With osteoporosis, your body can’t produce new bone cells, so when the old ones die, there aren’t any new cells to replace them.
As a result, your bones become porous, brittle, and weak. This makes them more susceptible to breakage and decay. This bone deterioration makes it difficult for your body to support your own weight, so it is easier for you to develop compression fractures in your weakened bones.
When you have osteoarthritis in your knee, your entire joint is affected by wear-and-tear, so you lose or damage the cartilage in your knee. Osteoarthritis usually affects one side of your knee more than the other. This results in an unequal alignment of your knee.
You often experience pain and discomfort because your knee is uneven, making it more difficult for you to walk, sit down, and kneel. And osteoarthritis is progressive, so without treatment, your knee problem will become progressively worse.
A knee brace works by relieving the pressure and pain on the part of your joint that’s most affected by your osteoarthritis. A knee brace can also help with the excess weight on your knee by providing support that helps your mobility.
With a custom brace, we create a design that fits your measurements and best supports your knees’ unique needs. Your brace will take several weeks to be made. After it’s ready, we’ll call you in for a fitting at which time we’ll check to make sure that it fits well and adheres to your knee.
We also make sure that you can comfortably walk, stand up, and move with your brace. We also explain how to remove the brace, as well as any care tips. If you have any questions about wearing and caring for your brace, we answer those as well.
Learn more about how we can help you manage the pain of osteoarthritis. Call us, or make an appointment on our website today.