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When to Consider a Knee Brace

Knee problems are common, especially considering the amount of work they do throughout your day. Your knees are vital for you to be able to get around or walk up the stairs, so when they hurt, you might be struggling through your day. However, there are devices that can help you walk better with knee pain, so you don’t have to miss out on life.

At Commonwealth Musculoskeletal Medicine, our goal is to help you get the treatment you need for your knee pain. Dr. Mark Conliffe is our knee pain specialist who helps you manage your pain through a variety of conservative treatments, including knee braces.

Symptoms of a knee problem

Knee pain is a common condition, especially with how much you use them throughout the day. Because your knees are essential to simple everyday tasks, they become worn down over time and more prone to injury.

However, knee pain isn’t always the result of an injury. Sometimes, conditions like arthritis come in and wear down the protective tissues within your knee joint. This leads to pain from inflammation and wear-and-tear on the joint.

How do you know when this becomes a problem? Pain is sometimes the first symptom you’ll notice, however, there are other symptoms of knee problems as well, including:

You may also note crunching or popping noises when you attempt to move your knee. This is yet another indication of an issue within your knee joint. The symptoms you experience are highly dependent on the cause of your knee pain.

Treatments that can help

When you can’t deal with the pain in your knee anymore, Dr. Conliffe assesses your condition to figure out the best avenue of treatment for your pain. Many times, treatment starts conservatively with options such as:

Dr. Conliffe may also suggest hyaluronic acid injections to help with the lubrication within your knee joint. This injection is also known as viscosupplementation, and it’s used to help heal the tissues in your knee along with providing extra lubrication to protect from the damage of osteoarthritis.

Sometimes, though, a simple knee brace is all you need to help get your knee pain under control.

When a knee brace is the best option

Dr. Conliffe assesses your knees at your appointment to see if treatment for your joint is as simple as a knee brace. Although a knee brace may seem like a simple fix, there are several different types of braces, each with its own specific use. Some common types of braces are:

Prophylactic braces

This type of brace is used during physical activity to prevent injuries to your knees. They can help during sports such as football, basketball, and soccer.

Functional braces

Dr. Conliffe suggests a functional brace if you’ve had a knee injury in the past. These braces help give your knee stability, while also preventing more damage to your knee.

Unloader braces

If your pain is caused by arthritis, Dr. Conliffe suggests an unloader brace. This type of brace helps control your pain by taking weight off of the damaged part of your knee and distributing it to a stronger, less damaged area.

Rehabilitative braces

These knee braces are used after you’ve had surgery or have suffered a significant injury. You’ll wear the brace for weeks afterward to help stabilize and support your knee as it heals. You do have a limited amount of motion with this brace, but not enough to cause more injury.

Knee braces are a great tool to help you not only manage pain, but prevent further damage or injury to your knees. Dr. Conliffe helps you decide if a brace is warranted in your recovery. A knee brace may be especially helpful if you live an active lifestyle.

If you’re tired of suffering from knee pain, a knee brace could help. Call our office at 502-771-1012, or book an appointment online with Dr. Conliffe today.

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