November 05, 2018 3 min read
Staying active is the life blood of the body, joints love movement and flexibility. Maintaining your activity can make a huge difference in your quality of life while living with arthritis, giving you more energy, strength and confidence. Managing a condition like arthritis doesn’t have to slow you down, wearing a support on tired knees means keeping up with the grandkids, getting back to exercise and dancing to your favourite songs.
While there is no cure for arthritis of the knee, dealing with it is all about finding the right type of pain management that enables you to live as normal a life as possible. While you might be using painkiller, gels and many other kinds of treatment to help ease the pain, one of the best options is an arthritis knee support. Finding knee pain relief when you suffer from arthritis is not as hard as you might think because a knee support really can make a difference.
Arthritis is the term we give to the joint ageing process where the cartilage becomes thin and the surface of the joint has become worn and painful. However the symptoms can be made worse because of the way in which people try to go about their daily lives in a normal way. When they do this, they will find that they are using their knee in a way that helps to ease the pain and that can mean moving it in an obscure way. This will cause more damage over time and so, a knee support will bring arthritis relief. It will enable you to use the joint correctly while protecting the remaining cartilage and the surface of the joint.
When knee pain occurs as a result of arthritis it causes sufferers to walk with a limp. Often, they will find that they are then placing more weight on the other leg, which can then lead to joint and muscle problems elsewhere. A knee support will help you to continue using the knee again because of the way in which it provides support and adds strength to the knee. This will help you to walk again without a limp and it will reduce the strain put on other joints. It will give you peace of mind to keep living your life the way you want to.
Often, when you suffer from arthritis in the knee, you will find that the joint feels weak. As arthritis causes you to reduce your level of activity, it means that the knee joint and the surrounding muscles become weaker. This will leave you feeling as though the knee is no longer as stable as it once was. Many people feel this weakness gives them anxiety when walking, worrying about the knee giving way. When you choose to use an arthritis knee support, it will help to give your knee the stability it needs so that you can start using it again with confidence.
It’s common for arthritis to cause some stiffness overnight when people are trying to rest, depending on what you’ve been doing during the day you begin to feel the strain of the day as you are falling to sleep. Sometimes this can be unpredictable, you can have a busy day and so the pain gets worse as the day goes on and you go to bed wishing you’d worn a support to protect it. But arthritis can be hard to predict so even on a day where you choose to take more rest and pace your activity you can finish the day feeling like your knee is getting stiff and heavy, again this can make sleeping uncomfortable. Having a support to wear during the day can help to manage this problem. As well as using a cushioned knee pillow between your knees as you rest at home.
Nothing can cure arthritis but there is a lot you can do to help limit the impact it has on your life. A fuller support for strenuous busy days and a compression support for less busy days or when travelling on long journeys to make sure that in any scenario the knee has just the right level of support and protection. Read our guide on how to choose the best knee support for you.
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