Broadly speaking knee pain is an indication of injury (such as a ligament tear), inflammation, disease (such as osteoarthritis) or dislocation of the knee cap (patella). Knee pain can be triggered by other medical problems so a full medical examination should be carried out by a doctor.
In recent years there have been big advances in comfortable, therapeutic knee supports, ranging from discreet compression therapy soft supports (which combine joint support with compression to promote healing and pain relief), to supports which reposition the patella. Then there is the new generation of post-operative, hi-tech braces which can be adjusted to work in conjunction with post-op therapies.
A hypermobile patella is a painful condition caused by, amongst other things, previous dislocation(s), a congenital (at birth) ligament laxity condition, or impaired proprioception (sense of what the muscles are doing). Patella hypermobility impacts significantly on day-to-day activity, affecting gait, co-ordination and stability. A specialist soft knee brace, which can be worn discretely under clothing, will reposition a maltracking patella whilst encouraging the thigh muscles to work in harmony to get the patella gliding correctly along the trochlear groove. The relief from pain allows you to carry on and enjoy life to the full once again.
A knee condition that affects many of us as we age is osteoarthritis (OA). Where the knee cartilage has worn away the bare bones rub together to cause discomfort and pain. This condition is normally associated with the over 50’s, when the body’s ability to repair itself decreases.
Several factors increase our risk of developing osteoarthritis, and these include previous injury and/or surgery, and genetic factors. This risk increases significantly if we carry excess body weight, therefore weight loss is key to managing the condition.
There has been a great deal of research and development on knee braces in recent years. A whole range of braces is now available to help keep us on the move and relieve the pain associated with OA. If an operation or actual knee replacement is appropriate there are plenty of knee brace options to get us back on our feet again as part of post-op care.
Tips to help you look after your knees:
• Stay active. Every extra kilo of body weight damages the knee.
• Keep moving even if you are experiencing osteoarthritis pain. If you rest, you rust!
• Avoid alcohol and nicotine, both damage the knee joint cartilage.
• R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). If your knee pain occurs suddenly during activity (acute injury), use the recommended R.I.C.E. method to reduce swelling and pain.
• Seek medical advice and treatment as soon as possible if you do get an acute injury. A delay can often result in a longer healing process or even a chronic problem.
medi UK Ltd is based in Hereford. Part of medi, one of the world’s leading health sector companies, it has been manufacturing medical aids since 1951.
medi Phlebology: medical compression hosiery and hosiery for thrombosis prevention.
medi Orthopaedics: supports and braces for joint therapy.
medi Prosthetics: provision of leg prostheses.
medi Hospital: products for therapy in clinics.
CEP: Compression Sportswear.
medi has 1,800 employees worldwide, 320 product brands and patents, 18 branches, of which Bayreuth and the USA have their own production sites, and exports to 90 countries.
For more information about the range of joint supports visit medi UK Ltd, Plough Lane Hereford HR4 0EL www.mediuk.co.uk Tel: 01432 373 500