Sunday, September 20, 2009

Knee Braces for Arthritis - Can you fit them yourself?

That depends....

The incentive is the cost.
You can pick up braces online much cheaper than you can elsewhere. Sizing isn't a problem as online retailers instruct you on what measurements are required to pick the correct size.
For simple braces like pull on sleeves and the classical hinged knee brace, their simplicity makes then well suited to online sales.

More complicated items such as the new generation of offloading brace are more difficult to pull out of a box and work out straight away. Often you may be able to find a physical therapist with some experience of these braces to give you a hand.

Customer service at online retailers are used to enquiries and are also a good place to start.

When you buy a brace from a regular store the extra price covers things such as fitting and face to face instructions. You need to weight up the savings versus the loss of the extra service when buying online.

If a shop doesn't offer fitting then you will be much better off buying on the internet. The Brace Shop is a good place to get an idea of what is available.

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