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Braces for knees

Hello Im new here. I was diagnosed with RA 24 years ago. I am now 43. I exercise twice daily and keep my weight in check but my knee is being a nuisance. Can anyone recommend a brace? I don't want to get dependent on it but just something for flare ups.
Ps I dont have a doctor or insurance and I'm not on any prescription meds (just an fyi haha)

  1. Hi, @bambi77 thank you for writing in and sharing your concern. I have been living with rheumatoid arthritis for 15 years, and I know how our knees can get with this disease. I wanted to recommend some resources for you to look into, and I hope these help.

    Creaky joints has written a really nice article about this. Check it out here: https://creakyjoints.org/living-with-arthritis/knee-braces-arthritis/

    Let us know if you need anything else!

    1. Thank you so much Effie I appreciate it. I will look into the information. It doesn't always trouble me but my knees and hips sometimes give me grief. I appreciate you taking the time. Have a wonderful day!
      Bambi 😀

      1. You're welcome! We are always here to help in any way we can. We aren't able to give medical advice, since everyone is so different and has needs that may be out of our scope. But I do know from my own personal experience that also looking into osteopathy and getting an adjustment can be life-changing. Once I looked into that, I never looked back. Any pain or annoyance in my knee and hip was much better, and I learned techniques to help support my body. Massage can be helpful as well, but I know with covid and everything these things can be a bit hard to do at the moment. Have a wonderful day and Happy Thanksgiving!

    2. Hi @bambi77,

      Thanks for posting your question! I use a soft brace when my knee is feeling unstable. It both takes some pressure off and gives me peace of mind that my knee won't go out on me (that' only happened to me a couple of times, but resulted in painful falls both times). It is the Mueller Self-Adjusting Knee Stabilizer model and it has held up really well. Mueller makes a ton of models, some with hinges and some without, etc.

      I also find that chiropractic care helps me a lot when my knee gets bad, as I'm often out of alignment when that happens, resulting in extra pressure on that knee. So that's another thing I try when my knee flares up.

      Wishing you comfort and stability,
      Tamara

      1. Hi Tamara
        Thank you so much for your reply!
        I will look into Mueller and try different things. It was very kind of you to reply! Mostly my knee suffers grinding and some pain just on certain angles and only now and then but hopefully this all helps.

    3. @bambi77 Same age. I'm wearing tow knee braces right now. Like most of my socks, they don't match. Why? Because I can't find one of the ones I bought when I bought the pair so I had to use an old one for the left. RA is great! Ha ha. I looked on Amazon and learned knee braces come in different sizes as well. Apparently despite RA I have small knees. I dunno if I should be embarrassed or showing off my sexy small knees now. Anyway, my point is, you may have to try a few different ones before you find one that you can wear all day and not have the edges cut into your leg. Also, more than likely when you take it off, the part of the leg under the brace will look like a sausage with the guts squeezed out and the part not in the brace will look like a blown-up balloon. 😀 Keep on keepin' on, DPM

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