Having osteoarthritis can be very difficult for those who like to engage in sporting activities. The most common type of arthritis, what happens is, is that the cartilage – the connective tissue that is at the end of the bones in the joints that usually protects the bones during movement – is lost in at least one of the joints. This severely impacts mobility. Not only does this negatively affect one’s ability to perform in sports, but it can be very tough for even the most basic everyday activities, especially with the knee.
But for those people with osteoarthritis (OA) who don’t want to have to miss out on sporting activities (and indeed everyday activities that they are finding increasingly difficult), a new solution may be at hand. A specially-designed knee brace might have the answers. The Freestyle(TM) OA Knee Brace was created by Breg to help people – around 27 million Americans – suffering from this condition. According to the company’s president, Brad Lee, “the new Freestyle OA knee brace was developed to provide a comfortable, easy-to-use, effective option to get patients back to doing the activities they love. This innovative brace is having a significant impact on this large and growing OA market.” And there is a huge market for it since according to Lee, around 50 percent of people will have to deal with “symptomatic knee OA in their lifetime.”
It seems that wearing a specially-designed osteoarthritis knee brace can be really helpful for individuals with OA. Indeed, it has been developed to provide extra support by stabilizing the joint, eliminating pain and helping patients develop stronger muscles. It is designed for those individuals suffering from mild to moderate unicompartmental osteoarthritis and is the first OA brace that is able to wrap around the knee for easy application. As well, there are finger pockets which help get a good grip for an improved fit, even in those individuals without the best hand dexterity. There is an easy-to-read thumbwheel that helps patients adjust the offloading level with an easy dial turn.
Knee Brace Reviews
So what are people saying about this knee brace? It sounds good in theory but how does it work in practice? According to one reviewer, Eric Stephan, the “brace is very sturdy but easy to wear, provides substantial support, and was well designed in its manner to put on and take off. I have tried other braces but this one was in a league of its own.” Heather Arnold agreed with a lot of this, saying that it “works great,” but adding that it was “a little challenging to put on. You have to attach the Velcro at the back of the knee. It would be easier if that part was on the inside of the knee instead.” She still gave it a 4* review (out of a possible 5). Some reviewers complained it wasn’t big enough. But L. Robinson said it is “great for those with collateral ligament issues.”
So it seems like overall, for those suffering from mild OA issues, this brace is definitely worth a try.