What is Knee Arthritis?
Arthritis is a common condition where joints become inflamed. It can affect one or more joints in the body depending on the type and severity of arthritis. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and gouty arthritis. Although any joint may be affected, arthritis commonly affects the knee joint.
Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear. It commonly affects the elderly population since the joint undergoes from degeneration. OA usually affects the bog joints in the body like hip and knee. On the other hand, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where the body itself attacks the normal tissues. Small joints, like the joints of the hand, are commonly affected.
OA, RA and post-traumatic arthritis can occur on the knees with OA as the most common. Post-traumatic arthritis is like a secondary arthritis since it is not mainly caused by arthritis but is a result of a traumatic injury. It usually happens years after you had a torn ligament, knee fracture or meniscal injury.
With knee arthritis, people are having difficulty performing their normal activities such as going up and down the stairs, walking and running. In some case, knee arthritis is the cause of serious disability.
Most common signs and problems of knee arthritis
The most common symptoms of knee arthritis include pin, stiffness swelling and limited range of motion. These symptoms are due to an inflamed joint which is the primary effect of arthritis that causes pain. This is because the cartilage that’s supposed to provide cushion and protection is either gone or is already thin making a severe loss of joint space. Because of pain, the person will limit the movement of the knee. As a result, the range of motion of the joint will also be limited. Moreover, stiffness and swelling will also add some difficulty when moving the knee. In the long run, these problems will lead to other potential problems.
The occurrence of pain develops gradually. At first, you may only feel pain in the morning. You could also feel pain after you rest or you’re inactive for a while. And then, pain troubles you as you stand up from sitting (vice versa), climb the stairs, kneel and walk. There’s also night pain where you’ll be awakened from your sleep because of the pain.
Other symptoms of knee arthritis are buckling and locking and cracking sounds (crepitus) as you move your knee. As arthritis progresses, you may notice that there will be some changes on the appearance of your arthritic knee. It may look sunken and it may point outward or towards the other knee.
Benefits of using a knee sleeve
In general, knee sleeves are designed to provide support and protect the knee from potential damage or injury. Furthermore, knee sleeves add a valuable compression element which help increases blood flow and lessens pain. When the knee is compressed, there is a better recovery because the sleeve encourages blood flow through the blood vessels in the knee.
Most knee sleeves are made from neoprene, but aside from improving pain with the given compression, knee sleeves need to provide warmth, increase proprioception, decrease swelling, limits patellar movement and be comfortable while using all day long.
People with mild to moderate symptoms of knee arthritis could benefit from using a knee sleeve. The best knee sleeve for knee arthritis is the one that’s comfortable, has optimal compression, breathable, moisture-wicking, anti-itch, doesn’t roll, has heating effect and antimicrobial. You must also be able to wear your knee sleeve the entire day and it must make you feel great.
It is vital to have the right size for you. If the knee sleeve is too small for you, it could interfere with the blood flow on your knees. On the other hand, if the sleeve is big, you won’t be able to get the support that you need and your knee will not be compressed.
Compression knee sleeves have been scientifically proven to improve pain. Thus, there are now various knee sleeves in the market. But, how will you know that what you’re getting is the right for you?
The Arthritis Hope knee sleeve can reduce strain and pain, applies medical grade pressure on the arthritic knee and allows you to stay active. It offers a unique natural knee support solution in a comfortable way. Moreover, it is lightweight with a breathable material which allows you to perform your normal activities with comfort or less difficulty.
The Arthritis Hope knee sleeve also provides optimal compression and heating effect. It is designed with the newest 3D braiding technology that will help keep the leg warm and reduce stiffness. Unlike other compression sleeves, this knee sleeve doesn’t slip because of its anti-slip silicone. The Arthritis Hope knee sleeve does provide the best knee support.
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