What Is Knee Osteoarthritis?
Knee osteoarthritis is the result of cartilage in the knee joint withering away to expose the bone to other bones. Healthy knees should have cartilage that serves as a cushion between the joints. OA reduces this space, often creating bone spurs that cause pain as bones begin to rub against other bones. OA is typically categorized by 4 stages, with 0 being a healthy, normal knee showing no signs of damage up to stage 4 being characterized by complete or near complete destruction of the space in the knee joint. This often results in severe pain and can lead to an inability to move the knee.
Symptoms of knee osteoarthritis generally include the following:
Joint pain and tenderness
Cracking or “creaking” in your joints
Deformity of the joints
Limited motion in the joint
Stiffness after knee inactivity lasting up to an hour
How does this brace work?
Braces work by re-distributing pressure in the knees from the affected area to the healthier side of the joint, creating a sense of relief when walking. VQ OrthoCare braces use the latest breakthrough technology as a simple way to manage osteoarthritis pain. This brings comfort to the affected area while providing the ultimate relief to improve your mobility and give you an independent life. It is important to note that, as helpful as braces are, there is not yet a cure or a way to reverse osteoarthritis. However, many users do experience significant pain relief while wearing braces.