The most common type of arthritis, Knee OA, occurs when the cartilage which provides cushioning within the joints, wears down over time, resulting in bone-on-bone rubbing, which causes stiffness, pain, swelling, decreased mobility and bone spurs. OA is a condition that develops slowly, yet can become increasingly worse over time and may result in additional medical issues such as diabetes, heart disease and vascular problems if not addressed in its early stages. The knee is commonly affected by OA at a cost of $128 billion2 to healthcare.
“With more than 40 percent of knee replacements occurring in patients over the age of 65 and the average onset of knee OA occurring at the age of 553, there is an inherent need for non-invasive, non-addictive methods to control pain and to support maintaining an active lifestyle,” said Steve Ingel, president of Bracing & Supports at DJO Global. “With the onset of knee pain people tend to reduce their activity levels when the most important thing they can do to slow the progression of the disease is to remain active. Fortunately, the advanced low profile comfort of TriFit, provides a solution that aids in pain relief and helps keep patients moving.”
TriFit by DonJoy features three unique technologies that together provide a custom fit to allow OA sufferers to move freely without pain so they can participate in light to heavy activities.
- Web Tech is a shock absorber that assists with full knee extension and patellofemoral (PF) tracking
- Exos Tech provides a heat thermoformable custom fit that hugs perfectly around the knee (thigh and the shin or above and below the knee)
- Boa Tech uses a micro tension adjustment system that pulls everything together and provides three-dimensional protection
When compared to non-treatment, active use of bracing such as TriFit can slow the progression of Knee OA or other serious knee injuries enabling ongoing activity.
To learn more about bracing options or to order TriFit, contact your general physician.
2http://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/understanding-arthritis/arthritis-statistics-facts.php. Accessed February 15, 2017