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Arthritis knee pain flaring up with the change in weather?

An unloader knee brace is specifically designed for treating arthritis knee pain.

Do your bones ache when the weather changes?  Does your osteoarthritis knee pain prevent you from enjoying your daily activities? Studies show that cold, wet weather negatively affects people with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. 

For osteoarthritis knee pain relief, you need a prescription from your doctor for an unloader-style knee brace. A custom-fitted unloader knee orthosis (brace) has a range of settings to dial in to make the brace as comfortable as possible. Your practitioner should be able to show you how to use the different settings.

Osteoarthritis Knee Pain Solutions

An OA brace can relieve bone-on-bone joint pain and slow down the degenerative process. Dynamic OA braces open the joint only when the leg is extended and the most pain relief is needed. No pressure is applied when the leg is bent. With dynamic unloading, these braces are comfortable to wear for extended periods of time.

Treatment with the correct knee brace can relieve most osteoarthritis symptoms:

  • Pain, after overuse or after long periods of inactivity
  • Aching and soreness of the joints
  • Stiffness after periods of rest, swelling of the joints.

Cold weather brings on aches and pains – it is not your imagination. Most common in weight-bearing joints, the pain can settle into your knees, hips and ankles. It is important to remember that stiffness is one of your body’s early warning signs. If the symptoms persist, be sure to check in with your doctor. If stiffness and joint pain persist it might be a sign that you have arthritis, and you want to address the issue as soon as possible with your doctor to prevent further progression.

The Collier-Laurence Orthotic Team works with your doctor and other care providers to find the correct knee orthosis (brace) for your diagnosis. We have these tips for those who might be shopping for an osteoarthritis knee brace:

1)     How many patients does the facility see monthly? The busiest clinics tend to have the more experienced practitioners.

2)     Look for an orthosis (brace) recommended by your doctor for your specific condition. How many different OA braces do they offer to patients?

a.     Pittet style

b.     Large styles

c.     Valgus / varus

d.     Custom / off the shelf

e.     Hand Dexterity problems

f.      Sports related

3)     Do they have a return policy on braces that don’t provide pain relief? Will they provide other options?

4)     Your brace can’t help you if you don’t wear it regularly. If your brace is uncomfortable or pinching, contact the provider and they should be able to make adjustments for a better fit.

 

Additional Reading:

Unfortunately, there is no cure for arthritis, but there are ways to manage the pain and slow down the progression of arthritis. Although it maybe difficult, staying active is important. Make sure to check with your doctor or physical therapist for appropriate exercises for your condition.

What causes so much pain in my knees?

The stages of Osteoarthritis

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Pediatric Case Study – Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Instability

Patient Challenge:

Sophia’s mother was concerned that Sophia always slouched severely and seemed to be in pain. She also always looked down, and could not make eye contact with those around her.

spinal instability, cerebral palsyCollier Resolution:

Practitioner Brian Lee cast Sophia sitting upright to maintain lumbar and kyphotic curves in the ideal position, and with appropriate scapular adduction and shoulder retraction. Secondarily, the goal was to maintain her cervical spine in extension.

Over the last 6 months, Mom has reported that Sophia seems happier, and is able to look up and see the world around her and, most importantly, make eye contact.

Collier Practitioner Brian Lee, CPO is CCS Paneled and bilingual in Spanish. You can read his bio here.
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Practitioner Spotlight: Pediatric orthotic specialist Brian Lee

Certain pediatric orthopedic conditions require the knowledge and skill of a specialized pediatric orthotic specialist.

We address the concerns of the family as we care for our young patients and make sure they are fully informed about the care their child receives.

Our specialist care includes both injuries and congenital birth disorders which can include fractures, bone and joint disorders, spinal disorders, and neuromuscular disorders.
Brian holds clinics at 4 different California Children’s Services locations throughout the Bay Area.
“Working with kids is my favorite, probably because of their positive attitudes and almost constant smiles! Another benefit of working with CCS is the open communication. Being able to discuss treatment plans with each child’s PT creates a huge advantage for each patient’s progress. From TLSOs to arch supports I feel like I can make a positive difference in their little lives.” Brian Lee, CPO

Do you have a pediatric patient challenge? Ask Brian Now

Learn more about our other CCS Paneled practitioners.

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Collier Practitioner Team of Specialists


Bilingual Practitioner
CCS Paneled

Director of Prosthetics
George Villarruel

Read George's Bio Here

George@CollierOandP.com

Sacramento: 916-979-9729
East Bay: 925-943-1119
Oakland: 510-658-2062

Bilingual Practitioner
CCS Paneled

CO: Certified Orthotist
Ray Diaz

Read Ray's Bio Here

Rdiaz@CollierOandP.com

Sacramento: 916-979-9729
East Bay: 925-943-1119
Oakland: 510-658-2062

CCS Paneled

BOCO, CPA
Orthotist & Assistant Prosthetist
Dennis Johnston

Read Dennis' Bio Here

Dennis@CollierOandP.com

Sacramento: 916-979-9729
East Bay: 925-943-1119
Oakland: 510-658-2062

COF, Managing Partner
Richard W. Todd

Read Rick's Bio Here

Rick@CollierOandP.com

Sacramento: 916-979-9729
East Bay: 925-943-1119
Oakland: 510-658-2062

COF, Managing Partner
Michael Todd

Read Michael's Bio Here

Mike@CollierOandP.com

Sacramento: 916-979-9729
East Bay: 925-943-1119
Oakland: 510-658-2062

Therapeutic Shoe & Orthopedic Soft Goods Specialist
John Kawakami

Read John's Bio Here

John@CollierOandP.com

Sacramento: 916-979-9729
East Bay: 925-943-1119
Oakland: 510-658-2062

Bilingual Practitioner
CCS Paneled

CPO
Certified Prosthetist & Orthotist
Brian Lee

Read Brian's Bio Here

Brian@CollierOandP.com

Sacramento: 916-979-9729
East Bay: 925-943-1119
Oakland: 510-658-2062

COF
Certified Orthotic Fitter
NIck DeGabriele

Read Nick's Bio Here

Nick@CollierOandP.com

Sacramento: 916-979-9729
East Bay: 925-943-1119
Oakland: 510-658-2062

COA, C. Ped, COF

Paul Easterwood

Read Paul's Bio Here
Sacramento: 916-979-9729
East Bay: 925-943-1119
Oakland: 510-658-2062

CPO

Greg Huckert

Read Greg's Bio Here
Sacramento: 916-979-9729
East Bay: 925-943-1119
Oakland: 510-658-2062

The Collier practitioner team work with you and your care team to ensure the most successful outcome for your goals. With offices in Sacramento and Pleasant Hill, we serve patients throughout Northern California. If you are frustrated with your prosthetic, do’t hesitate to ask one of our practitioners – there may be options available to reduce pain and get you back to your daily activities.

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