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Osteoarthritis

Managing osteoarthritis pain will often require a combination of options. Chances are that you will have to try a few options to find out what works for you. Talk with your doctor or visit us. Together we can help you find your combination.

Recommended Options for Osteoarthritis

Unloading knee brace technology

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Unloader One® is a comfortable, lightweight, low-profile brace that provides excellent suspension and unloading leverage.

This lightweight brace preserves the clinically-proven Össur® Unloader 3-Points of Leverage design by incorporating Dual Dynamic Force Straps that are easily fine-tuned via a Dynamic Force Control System.

Color-coded Quick Fit Buckles simplify application and removal, while flexible shells and breathable liners, coated with Össur Sensil® Silicone, improve comfort and reduce migration, helping to ensure patient compliance. Recent research demonstrates that Unloader One reduces pain, improves function and decreases the use of pain medication.

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OActive2Designed to address the needs of patients regardless of OA severity or activity level, the OActive 2 provides a lightweight single-hinge brace with three points of medial leverage to reduce pain and provide stability, resulting in improved mobility and quality of life for patients.

The OActive® 2’s defining feature is its unique draw-latch Set Fit buckle system that eliminates the hassle of Velcro® adjustments during application and removal of the brace. Designed to correct either the medial or lateral compartment, the lateral application avoids contact with the opposite leg during gait.

Lightweight, low-profile, single upright osteoarthritis knee brace with unique varus/valgus angle adjustment to optimize pain relief. Laterally applied frame and hinge corrects for either medial or lateral compartment and avoids contralateral limb contact during gait.

Agilium

agilium-freestep_350769_1_1_teaser_onecolumn_borderThe Agilium Freestep from Ottobock is a revolutionary way of treating knee OA.

Developed to treat knee osteoarthritis, it is applied not to the knee but to the foot ­ right inside the shoe. In order to provide targeted relief for the damaged cartilage in the knee, the Agilium Freestep changes the load line of the knee, which is the location where the body weight has the greatest impact on the cartilage.

Agilium Freestep relieves the knee dynamically, which means only when necessary: during standing, walking and running (when the knee joint is bearing weight).

Urban Poling

Did you know that there are over 140 independent studies that identify the benefits of specialized walking poles? These benefits include improved core strength, posture, balance, improved confidence for walking; reduced impact on hips and knees and increased endurance!

In addition to the many health benefits of walking with poles, use of the unique ACTIVATOR poles provide superior support when walking by encouraging proper posture, better balance and overall improved stability. Importantly, the use of these poles has been shown to remove some of the impact and stress away from knees and hips (further studies submitted for publication). The specialized ACTIVATOR poles and technique, designed by an occupational therapist, build walking-tolerance and confidence following hip or knee surgery, promoting an easier transition from the rehab clinic to an active post-rehabilitation lifestyle.

I had a knee replacement and the poles have given me the confidence to go out in all kinds of weather and kept me from being housebound because of the pain and mobility issues. The ACTIVATOR poles gave me a workout, better balance and a way to take some of the pressure of my painful knee compared to a cane. I absolutely love my poles!

– Sandra Birdsell”

BioniCare

man-on-bionicare2BioniCare is a non-invasive, non-drug treatment option for osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) of the hand. The BioniCare system provides an electrical signal that stimulates the joint tissue to reduce the pain and symptoms of arthritis and helps maintain the health of the knee joint and improve the function of the hand. The arthritic joint has a diminished electrical signal which likely contributes to the deterioration of the joint. BioniCare is the first and only patented proprietary signal and system demonstrated to be safe and effective in multiple clinical studies.

Unlike all others

BioniCare’s patented signal was designed specifically for the treatment of pain and symptoms of knee OA and Hand RA. It is not to be confused with other stimulators, including a TENS device, that only provides temporary pain relief by blocking pain signals. The stimulation is subsensory—the patient does not feel the stimulation. It treats the underlying cause of the disease by stimulating the joint tissue and improving the overall health of the joint. It provides a slow-acting, but longer-lasting improvement in symptoms. The BioniCare system is clinically proven to improve the osteoarthritic knee, reduce pain and symptoms, and improve function in the rheumatoid hand.

Thermal Therapy

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Theratherm Digital Moist Heat Pack provides intense, moist heat therapy for temporary relief from pain associated with arthritis, back pain caused by muscle spasm and inflammation caused by strain and tension. Its flannel cover draws moisture from the air and as the pack’s temperature rises, the moisture is released onto the skin, speeding relief to your patients. Its unique, easy-to-use digital control is convenient and safe.

Ice Tape™ is a flexible compression bandage that is infused with a hydrophilic (water seeking) gel. When Ice Tape™ is exposed to the air and applied to a body part, the gel feels cold against the skin. Applying some stretch while wrapping creates compression for the region.

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Biofreeze

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Biofreeze Pain Relieving Roll-On provides a number of unique features. The roller ball allows for product application without the need to use your hands also providing a nice massage for soft tissue wherever you apply product, and can be used in trigger point therapy.

Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gel dispensed from a tube affords the opportunity to create a more thorough experience by massaging the affected area during application. This hands-on application also reinforces touch which has been shown to be very important in the healing cycle.

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