What is an Osteoarthritis Brace?
A knee brace for osteoarthritis is also known as an OA knee brace (OA is short for “osteoarthritis”), and it is sometimes called an off-loading brace. These braces are supports worn on the knees to provide joint stability and help to correct joint alignment problems.
Braces can be made of metal, fabric and plastic. The Freestyle OA is made of soft, breathable material so it is less bulky, fits under clothing and is more comfortable than many traditional osteoarthritis braces. It also has a rigid hinge bar that follows the anatomy of your knee for added stability. Breg osteoarthritis knee braces also have an adjustable hinge dial that “off-loads” (or shifts the load) in the knee joint.
How Does an Osteoarthritis Knee Brace Work?
An Osteoarthritis brace gently applies pressure to the unaffected side to realign the knee, taking pressure off of the affected side of the knee. Pressure is applied to the knee by turning the brace’s thumbwheel numbered dial. This adjusts the hinge by moving it closer to, or further away from, the knee. The higher the number, the more off-loading is applied to the knee. You and your orthopedic doctor will determine the best number setting for you.