Latest Blog Entries

July 17, 2019

How to Support a Loved One with Chronic Joint Pain or OA

​​If your loved one suffers from chronic joint pain, you may be seeking the best ways to help them. Perhaps their pain is causing you to both make changes in your lifestyle, or you may be wondering how to balance the responsibilities of being a caregiver as well as your own daily tasks.

June 28, 2019

What Does A Knee Brace Do?

If you are experiencing persistent knee pain, stiffness, or joint weakness, it may be time to talk with your doctor about additional treatments for osteoarthritis knee pain, including whether a knee brace might help your OA symptoms. 

June 17, 2019

Staying Fit this Summer: Exercises for Osteoarthritis Sufferers

​Warm weather beckons, but chronic joint pain can keep people shut in. Tips for staying active and how an Unloader One brace could help you have “fun in the sun” despite OA knee or hip pain.

May 31, 2019

Unloader Hip Helps Robert Wark Keep Saving the Day

Facing chronic pain and fatigue in his hip joint, Ontario Firefighter and avid sportsman tackles hip osteoarthritis head on with Unloader Hip.

May 17, 2019

Osteo-What? Understanding Osteoporosis vs Osteoarthritis

For many people, understanding the difference between osteoporosis and osteoarthritis can be confusing. We explore both conditions and common approaches to treatment.

April 29, 2019

Finding Your Voice When Talking With Your Doctor About How to Relieve OA Knee Pain

When talking with your doctor about how to relieve OA knee pain, be sure to mention how OA is affecting you emotionally and socially as well as physically.

April 12, 2019

OA And the Amputee: Why More Lower-Limb Amputees Are Seeking Osteoarthritis Knee Treatments

​In honor of Limb Loss Awareness Month, we explore why amputees, particularly those who have lost or are lacking a lower extremity, are at increased risk of developing OA in the knee or hip

March 25, 2019

Young Athletes at Risk for OA: Solutions for Young Athletes Seeking Osteoarthritis Knee Treatment

More and more young people are being diagnosed with OA today, due to year-round sports and sports-related knee injuries

March 08, 2019

6 Do’s and Don’t’s When You Want to Know How to Relieve OA Knee Pain

​As OA worsens, the cartilage may actually wear away altogether, leading to more pain as the joint increasingly becomes bone-on-bone. It may be especially pronounced in the knees or hips. OA is commonly diagnosed in older adults, but also may be found in younger people who have been very physically active or experienced knee injuries earlier in life.

February 28, 2019

Understanding Hip Osteoarthritis

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, OA affects more than 30 million American adults and is increasingly seen as people grow older. The hip is one of the largest joints in the body, and hip pain associated with OA is the most common cause of hip pain in older adults. 

February 21, 2019

OA Patient Ken Robke Continues Pursuing Life’s Adventures Thanks to His Unloader One Knee Brace

​One man endured knee pain for two years before seeking medical help, and finds the Unloader One knee brace helps him maintain a physically active lifestyle despite his knee OA.

February 14, 2019

Diagnosed with OA? 4 Tips for Managing Your Condition

​Communicating with your doctor about osteoarthritis knee pain.

February 08, 2019

Are You Struggling with the Nightmare of OA Knee Pain?

​The National Sleep Foundation recommends that most adults receive at least seven hours of sleep a night. But over half of American adults report that pain robs them of precious hours of rest. The problem is especially bad for people suffering from chronic or ongoing pain – including the millions seeking how to relieve their osteoarthritis (OA) knee pain. 

January 28, 2019

The Osteoarthritis-Meniscus Connection

​Interestingly enough, a torn meniscus may also accelerate the loss of cartilage in people who already have OA. So knowing whether or not you have had a meniscus injury can be an important factor when considering how to relieve OA knee pain.

January 14, 2019

Sitting is the New Smoking: Avoiding the Chair While Coping with Knee OA

​But if you are among the millions of people suffering the chronic knee pain, stiffness and swelling associated with Osteoarthritis (OA), the last thing you want is to stay on your feet any longer than necessary. In fact, you might consider sitting one of your favorite ways to relieve OA knee pain

January 09, 2019

40 Common Osteoarthritis Terms to Know

​This Osteoarthritis Glossary is intended to help you better understand your condition and how it may can be managed to help you improve your quality of life.    

January 04, 2019

Staying Healthy with OA Knee Pain

​In addition to biomechanical bracing, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Arthritis Foundation recommend four strategic interventions to help you stay healthy with OA knee pain. 

December 28, 2018

Is There a Link Between Diet and OA Knee Pain?

​Are we using the right kinds of fuel for our bodies, or are we running on the typical American diet that is high in salts, fats, and sugar? It's an especially important question for those of us experiencing chronic joint pain and reduced functioning due to osteoarthritis (OA). Many if not all of us wonder how to relieve OA knee pain. 

December 20, 2018

Fitness at Fifty+: How Unloader One Helps an OA Patient stay Fit at Every Age

​Retired nurse Pam Weaver had dealt with constant knee pain for years. After Pam was diagnosed as having severe knee OA, she knew that as a medical professional, she needed to find solutions to help her condition. 

December 14, 2018

3 Steps to Explaining Your Knee OA to Your Family

Communication Can Help As You Explore How to Relieve OA Knee Pain

November 29, 2018

Is Chronic Knee Pain Making You Depressed?

As knee osetoarthritis pain increases, self-inflicted limitations and restrictions also increase. This gradually robs us of our sense of freedom, our independence, and even our opportunity to connect with other human beings. We can become lonely and experience another type of pain in addition to the physical pain of OA: emotional pain.

November 19, 2018

Helping Aging Parents Cope with Knee Pain

​As a loving adult child, you feel responsible for helping them get the support they need. But how do you help aging parents cope with knee pain?

November 14, 2018

OA Knee Pain Treatment: What You Need to Know About Medications

​Concerned About Potential Side Effects, Risk of Addiction and Other Potential Downsides? Be Sure to Ask This One Critical Question  

November 06, 2018

Mobility as Medicine: Strategies for Staying Active with OA Knee Pain

​It's a saying you have heard time and again: exercise is the best medicine. But if you have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis (OA), you may be wondering: are there strategies for staying active with OA knee pain? 

October 04, 2018

Life’s an Adventure: How Össur’s Unloader One Helps Ultra Endurance Cyclist Mark Weidhase Live with OA Knee Pain

​To hear him tell it, bicycling has saved Mark Weidhase's life. But for this renowned ultra endurance competitor, cycling would be impossible without his Unloader One knee brace.

September 18, 2018

Chronic Knee Pain: Is it Age or OA?

​If you are one of the millions of people living with chronic knee pain today, you might want to gather the latest information so that you and your doctor can determine your best course of osteoarthritis treatment to relieve OA knee pain.  

August 23, 2018

Considering Various Clinical Knee OA Treatments

​Although there are no known cures for osteoarthritis, various treatment options are available, including advanced biomechanical bracing, medications, and surgery for the most severe cases.

August 15, 2018

Take Steps When Diagnosed with Mild to Moderate Knee OA

​If you've been experiencing regular knee pain and find yourself side-stepping down the stairs or straining to get up out of the chair, it's time to ask your doctor whether you might have knee osteoarthritis.

August 10, 2018

How Creating A ‘Personal Portfolio’ of Therapeutic Options Can Help Knee Osteoarthritis Pain

​People with mild- to moderate knee OA may try a range of treatments, from movement and pressure therapies such as tai chi, Alexander Technique and acupuncture, to nutritional supplements, pain relief medications, knee bracing, exercise and weight management, heat gels and more. Many people find it helpful to create their own 'personal portfolio' of approaches to help relieve pain and improve their mobility.

July 16, 2018

Understanding Knee Osteoarthritis

​OA is the abbreviation for osteoarthritis, a condition where the sufferer develops problems during movement in the knee joint, including pain and stiffness. Read on to discover more about osteoarthritis and ways to live with the condition comfortably. 

July 10, 2018

Discover the effects of knee osteoarthritis around the world

Osteoarthritis is generally believed to be the largest cause of disability in older adults. As such, it affects millions of people and costs governments billions of dollars in treatments. 

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Talk to your doctor about getting an Össur Unloader brace for your knee osteoarthritis. Once prescribed, visit an orthotist or use our search tool to find a practitioner near you who can get you fit with the right brace.