“My Doctor said I have OA in my knee and I should get a brace. How do I do that?”
The best place to start is discussing the various treatment options with your Doctor and developing an overall plan. There are often other treatments to go along with bracing that will also be of benefit. A weight bearing (e.g. standing) X-ray of the knee is the next step in the process, this helps to determine the extent of the arthritis and aids in the design process of the knee brace. Next, call our office to make an appointment to see one of our Certified Orthotists who will perform a thorough assessment to determine your needs and discuss the bracing options with you. There are many bracing options available; however, not all may be suitable for you. Bringing your X-ray report and a detailed prescription from your doctor helps to speed up the process and will allow the Certified Orthotist to discuss potential funding options with you. There is often government funding available for this type of orthotic treatment, and your private insurance plan may also cover some of the costs. After the assessment, a cast, scan, or measurements will be taken of your leg to allow for a brace to be made specifically for you. The final appointment with your Certified Orthotist will be to fit your knee brace and provide you with the knowledge you need to use the brace effectively.
Kevin Shopland, B.Sc.Kin., CO(c)