Healthier Knees Now!

Woman’s Day—July 28, 2014

Use these tips to put an end to aches and pains- no pills needed!

The physician says...try support instead of surgery. Half of adults will eventually develop knee osteoarthritis, which occurs when the cartilage starts wearing away. But you don't have to rely on a surgeon's knife to find relief. A study found that patients who wore a prescription brace for about 7 hours a day had significantly less pain and stiffness after 12 weeks. Tip: These braces work best if just one side of the knee joint is affected (if you only feel pain on the right side of your knee, for example), as they help offload the pressure to the other (good) part of your knee.

Marci Goolsby, MD, primary care sports medicine physician, Women's Sports Medicine Center, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City

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