Even though there are several forms of arthritis, Osteoarthritis is the most common and generally affects the spine, fingers, thumbs, hips, knees and toes. The cause is most often simple wear and tear on the joints that slowly disintegrates the existing cartilage. As the cartilage degenerates, inflammation sets in and causes pain in the joints.
At first I didn’t realize that the severe muscle pain in my legs was the result of arthritis? I naturally thought only the joints were affected, but there’s more to it than that. The truth is that when the cartilage leaves it forces muscles, tendons, and ligaments to start shrinking and changing the way they operate.
Knee Braces Can’t Cure Arthritis
Unlike the other tissues in your body, cartilage has no ability to repair itself, so using and strengthening your knees is vital to maintaining your lifestyle. Exercise keeps your legs strong to help support your knees, and is a primary pain remedy for arthritis in your knees. Because you don’t want arthritis to take over your life, exercise and a good knee brace — or knee sleeve — should be your first line of defense.
A good knee sleeve can help you with muscle pain in and around your knees as it supports, warms, and helps blood flow. You may think that exercise is the last thing you need when your knees and legs are aching from arthritis, but all research indicates that regular activity and movement of the joint is exactly what you need.
Can A Knee Brace Help Arthritis?
With my arthritic knees, I have two problems going on at the same time. First is the inflammation in the joint itself, and then the altered muscle function, joint instability, and restricted range of motion caused by the arthritis.
I know that as little as 45 minutes to an hour a week of exercise on my neighborhood walking track helps keep the muscles stretched, pliant, limber, and functioning. I realize that cartilage does not have the ability to repair itself, so to put off surgery as long as possible, I walk or run a minimum of 45 minutes most days of the week. And I couldn’t do it without a knee brace.
What I’ve learned is that with a good pair of knee sleeves I have no trouble walking or jogging 30-minutes to an hour 4 or 5 times a week. This regular exercise definitely keeps knee pain from taking over my life. My legs and body stays healthy and nimble to do just about any activity I choose.
Get your knees back, get your life back
To be honest with you: My legs are sore and tired when I exercise without my sleeves! With them, I feel confident and strong! In fact, the support is so good, you’ll often find me wearing them on a shopping trip to the mall. Of course, I had to experiment with different brands, and sizes, before I came up with the most comfortable sleeves to wear.
Arthritis in you knees can be a debilitating and exhausting, but when you’re pro-active you can take steps to manage your symptoms and your lifestyle. If you’re dealing with mild or moderate arthritis symptoms, knee sleeves can be quite beneficial.
Wearing knee sleeves can help provide needed support and decrease your chances for more knee damage. Sleeves also help eliminate pain and reduce inflammation to make life with arthritis easier.
KNEE ARTHRITIS TREATMENT
When it comes to pain relief caused by arthritis in your knee you’ll need to:
- Reduce the inflammation caused by lack of cartilage
- Reduce stress to on the knee itself
- Increase the strength of muscles and tendons that surround the knees
- Add support to the patella (kneecap) and joint as you use and stress it
There’s no real cure for arthritis at all, but you can and should take steps for both pain relief and slowing the de generation of cartilage. Knee arthritis treatment from your physician will generally include one or more of the following:
Over the Counter Pain Relievers.
You can take medicines like Motrin, Tylenol, Advil, or other over the counter items that work well most of the time. If you’re not careful, though, you’ll find yourself taking too many of them and damaging your kidneys. So be careful with medication for arthritis.
Cold Paks and Compresses for Pain
Actually, both cold and warm compresses can be a great pain reliever. Use ice packs to reduce swelling and inflammation. I like the ones that are about 11 x 14 so I can wrap it around my knee.
Warm compresses are great for relaxing the tendons and muscles and encouraging circulation to the affected area. In fact the best knee sleeves serve to keep your knee warm as you exercise or use the joint.
Stretching Muscles Surrounding the Knees
When arthritis affects your knees the cartilage is disappearing and this is changing everything about the muscles, tendons, and ligaments around them. They start to change shape and length very quickly.
With that in mind it’s important to stretch quadriceps, calves, and hamstrings often. Take the time to stretch these out before you exercise, after, and even during your routines. This help keep them limber, flexible and healthy.
Keep Your Knees Strong
Maintaining strong leg muscles helps you stabilize your knees and entire body. Strong muscles around your knees supports and compensates for lack of cartilage. The extra strength stabilizes your joint movements and provides a secure feeling as you walk, jog, or run.
Compression Knee Sleeves
Compression knee sleeves aide in stabilizing the joints with medical grade pressure during any activity where you’re standing, walking, running, or bending your knees.
They provide warmth to help blood flow and keep muscles and tendons limber and flexible, while adding much needed support to help the knees perform. Knee sleeves help reduce strain on muscles and prevent injury.
There are several knee surgeries used on arthritic joints including: Arthroscopy, cartilage repair, total knee replacement, partial knee replacement, and bone grafts to align the joint when poor knee alignment is the problem.
Knee sleeves can’t cure anything arthritis related that I know of, but they’re worth your trying. I’ve found that when it comes to helping my own arthritis, staying active and pain free, they’re all I need, or could ask for — a real life saver.