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Osteoarthritis Diagnosis

What to do for knee pain

Non-surgical Osteoarthritis options

Benefits Unloader knee braces

Osteoarthritis diagnosis: Getting proper treatment for your knee pain

When and how to do something about possible knee osteoarthritis.

Some of the symptoms you may feel in addition to knee pain may include joint pain, stiffness and swelling; as well as weakness in the ligaments and muscles around your knee. These can contribute to a reduction in your mobility. The symptoms listed above are typical of knee osteoarthritis. If any of these points apply to you, especially if you may have injured your knee previously, talk to your doctor about knee osteoarthritis.

Some of the symptoms you may feel in addition to knee pain may include joint pain, stiffness and swelling; as well as weakness in the ligaments and muscles around your knee. These can contribute to a reduction in your mobility. If you are experiencing these symptoms talk to your health care professional to see if you may have meniscal degeneration.

What to tell your doctor

Note down any relevant history and current complaints before visiting the doctor, that way you’re more likely to mention everything you need to.

  • When it started
  • What makes it worse/better
  • How it effects your lifestyle
  • Any previous injuries you think may be a factor

What to ask your doctor

Be sure your doctor gives you all relevant information during your visit to help you alleviate your knee pain.

  • Could this be OA or meniscus degeneration? If so, is it uni-compartmental (one side of the knee) or bi-compartmental (both sides of the knee)?
  • How can I reduce the pain?
  • Could a knee brace that unloads the affected area help?
  • Do I need any tests or scans, e.g. x-rays?
  • Should I take medication?
  • Do I need to change any of my activities?
  • Is there anything more I can do?

Where to next

Also think about any other lifestyle changes that now might help to ease the pain and get you more active again.

What do I do if I suffer from knee pain?

Step 1

Get Diagnosed

The very first thing you need to do is have a proper diagnosis of your condition; a prerequisite for any treatment.

Contact your doctor and prepare yourself for the appointment.

Step 2

Get Fitted

Once diagnosed, contact us to find your nearest fitting centre where a certified professional can fit you with the right brace.

If symptoms persist consult your health care professional.

Step 3

Get Active

Also think about any other lifestyle changes that now might help to ease the pain and get you more active again.

Osteoarthritis treatment: Non-surgical options

Although no cure currently exists for osteoarthritis several non-surgical treatment options are available to help alleviate the pain and allow you to get on with your life.

Untreated, the cartilage will gradually wear down. The increased pressure on the underlying bone may be the cause of pain experienced by osteoarthritis sufferers. The wear and tear on the cartilage may gradually cause the knee to become painful and feel stiff when moving.

Unloader knee braces apply a gentle force to unload the knee aiming to reduce the pressure on the affected side, designed to reduce pain and thus allowing the patient to use the knee normally and be more active.

The Unloader One® Lite brace is designed to “unload” the affected compartment of the knee aiming to help alleviate pain associated with meniscal degeneration and mild to moderate unicompartmental knee osteoarthritis symptoms i.e. when the cartilage on one side of the knee is wearing away. Your local GP can arrange to confirm this with an x-ray.

Once diagnosed, contact us to find your nearest fitting centre where a certified professional can fit you with the right brace for your needs.

There are a range of bracing solutions available for sufferers of knee osteoarthritis. Össur recommends these three braces for each level of osteoarthritis severity:

Össur

Formfit OA Wraparound®

Osteoarthritis: mild (to moderate)

A cost effective, low-profile option. The Dynamic Force Strap tensions as the leg extends, providing unloading in a single pull motion.

Össur

Unloader One® Lite

Osteoarthritis: mild to moderate

Only 308 grams, Unloader One Lite is an ultralight brace that can also be indicated for degenerative meniscal tears, which often precede or coincide with osteoarthritis.

Össur

Unloader One®

Osteoarthritis: moderate to severe

Designed with Quick Fit buckles and SmartDose straps for prompt patient compliance, Unloader One® is a comfortable, lightweight and low-profile brace.



Benefits, costs & capabilities of Unloader knee braces

An Unloader knee brace that has been correctly fit by a practitioner is easy to maintain, and when used properly may alleviate pain caused by knee and hip osteoarthritis.

Knee osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition i.e. it may continue to deteriorate over time. Whilst pain medication may assist the symptoms it does not address the underlying biomechanical issue. The Össur Unloader concept is clinically studied, aiming to help alleviate pain for sufferers of mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis and potentially reduce the need for medication. The use of an unloading knee brace may also delay or avoid the need for surgery and may be an option for younger patients to postpone invasive surgery.

Unloader One® Lite is one of the lightest functional osteoarthritis braces in the market, featuring clinically demonstrated technology behind the Unloader® concept, with multiple published studies. The single-dial adjustment allows you to adjust the unloading capacity depending on the severity of your pain at any given time, while its streamlined designs allowed the brace to fit under clothing.

The Unloader One® Lite knee brace may be a cost effective, non-invasive treatment option for sufferers of mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis. Below is pricing table for comparative costings for treatment options over a two year period1.

1Osteoarthritis Knee Bracing – A Health Economic Evaluation, 2012. On file at Össur. * Additional consultation fees may apply depending on your fitting centre. ** Surgery costs are an approximate and will vary.

Note however that Unloader knee braces should be used only as directed and if symptoms persist consult your health care professional.

Also note that various funding options may be available to you to help finance your knee braces. Learn more about prices and funding options.

Unloader braces aim to help you return to the daily activities you enjoy such as jogging, golf, tennis and other low-impact sports. The knee brace can also be worn for water sports, including salt water, provided it is rinsed immediately after use. Speak with us regarding any questions you may have about sporting activities and your knee pain management.

When fitted by a registered fitting provider, the cost of the knee brace may be funded through private health insurance. The level of funding is dependent upon your cover and can be confirmed with your insurance provider.

Funding for osteoarthritis braces may also be provided to eligible candidates under workers compensation, transport accident, Veteran’s Affairs and other government funding schemes. Ask your fitting centre for further details.

View available funding options on our site or via our Össur Knee Brace Funding Brochure

The Unloader Hip brace have a 2 year warranty. The frame and hinges on the Unloader One Lite and Unloader One have a 2 year warranty, and the soft goods liners and straps have a 6 month warranty. Please note the Unloader One Lite brace has a 14 day satisfaction guarantee, and the Unloader One and Unloader Hip braces has a 30 day satisfaction guarantee (excludes consulting fees).

Do something about your osteoarthritis knee pain today

Contact Us!

For information on Unloader braces or a fitting centre in your area, please contact our Customer Service at Össur Australia 1300 123 268, use our contact form here
Unloader braces should always be fitted by an authorised practitioner. Always read the label. Use only as directed and consult your healthcare professional if symptoms persist.