What is an Osteoarthritis Knee 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 unloading or 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 fabric, metal, and plastic. Ranging from the soft, breathable material found in the Freestyle™ OA to the more rigid designs of the Quantum and DUO braces, Breg osteoarthritis knee braces offer a variety of comfortable options depending on activity and instability levels.
How Does an Osteoarthritis Knee Brace Work?
There are two types of unloading brace designs, push and pull. The push design, like the Freestyle, allows patients to turn the brace’s dial which applies a gentle load for the purpose of opening up the joint and relieving pain. The pull design, like the Quantum brace, requires patients to ratchet buckles on the front of the brace to apply a similar load. This force, like with the push brace, is intended to open up the area of the knee where there is friction and resulting pain.
Most private health insurance companies and Medicare offer coverage for osteoarthritis knee braces. Check with your insurance plan to be sure.
What is the Cost of an OA Brace?
The cost to you will depend upon whether or not you have insurance and the amount of your deductible. If you don’t have insurance and want to purchase the brace yourself, please discuss with your prescribing physician.
How Do I Get an OA Brace?
You should get an OA knee brace prescribed through your doctor who will determine if the brace will work for you. Your doctor, or another health care professional, will measure your knee to ensure you get the correct size. Going through a health care professional will also ensure the brace is fitted correctly after you receive it. He or she will also be able to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have.