Saturday, May 1, 2010

Arthritis Knee Braces Ease Pain


A new study has been published investigating the effectiveness of off-loading knee braces for osteoarthritis of the knee.
The study looked at 49 individuals with knee arthritis and the effect the brace had after 6 months of use.
The results showed that wearing the brace helped 31% of participants take less over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication and 35% took less prescription anti-inflammatory drugs.
Users were also able to restart recreational sporting activities that they had previously enjoyed.

This all sounds great but there are a few things to note. The results need to be taken with a grain of salt because in the study, the braces were provided by one company (Ossur) who also financed the study and the associated media briefing. The study also had a small sample size of less than 50 which decreases the statistical power of the results. A larger, independent study would offer stronger support but it is another example of the growing body of evidence in favor of off-loading knee braces for osteoarthritis.

For more information on the study click here.

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