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Osteo Arthritis (O.A.) Condition

Learn the pathology bethind the Osteo Arthritis (O.A.) Condition and how we can help

In general terms it is a progressive condition also known as degenerative joint disease. The knee joint is formed where the femur (thighbone), the tibia (shinbone) and the patella (kneecap) meet. The bone surfaces that come into contact with each other are covered with a protective smooth cartilage that cushions the bones and enables them to slide across each other without friction. With age and use this articular cartilage deteriorates, leaving bone surfaces exposed and the joint space narrowed. Bones often respond by growing more bone, further decreasing the distance between them. Eventually movement of the knee joint causes the bones to rub directly against each other, triggering inflammation, pain and deformity.

Orthosis Function:

Unloading the involved side or compartment of the joint is how a knee orthosis can aid in OA related knee pain. Simply put the knee orthosis applies a corrective force system on the limb that forces weight off of the involved or arthritic joint surface and shifts a percentage of that weight to the opposite side of the knee. This in turn reduces the degree of pain and increases mobility while prolonging joint duration.

Suffering From Knee Pain?

If you're suffering from pain in your knee, we offer service options that relieve common pain associated with:

Treatment Guide

Experiencing other joint pain? use our treatment guide to explore other bracing options that we offer.
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