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OSTEOARTHRITIS OF THE KNEE
What is Gonarthrosis?
The surfaces of our knee joints are covered with a layer of cartilage. Over time, or through injury this cartilage gradually wears out, this is what causes knee joint arthrosis or, gonarthrosis. Arthritis is one of the most common signs of wear and tear on the joints. This cartilage damage in the knees increases the pressure on the underlying bones. To compensate, the joint surface increases, and bony tips begin to form at the edges reducing joint mobility. As the cartilage wears out and the bones move closer and closer together the joint space narrows further. When the bones and joints are unprotected the knee becomes immobile and stiff.
Although on average 20 to 50 percent of 60+ year-olds are affected by gonarthrosis, the disease can affect anyone. The extent to which gonarthrosis will affect an individual depends on, age, weight, genetics and lifestyle.
The Right Product For Every Stage
Gonarthrosis: Grade 1
With grade 1 gonarthrosis, pain often occurs only when the joint is under stress. The cartilage layer on the bone has begun to soften but is not yet damaged on the surface. If there is no malalignment in the leg the GenuTrain or GenuTrain A3 can help treat early-stage OA.
The Train knit fabric repeatedly stimulates the skin, which promotes movement perception, activates the muscles, and stabilizes the joint. Both braces contain integrated visco-elastic pads which prevent the kneecap from slipping, combat pain and massage the surrounding tissue.
Gonarthrosis: Grade 2 and 3
With grade 2 gonarthrosis people typically feel pain when moving. The cartilage has been significantly damaged and the joint space, the area between femur and tibia, has visibly decreased. In the third stage, people can suffer from pain even when at rest. Those affected sometimes suffer from deep cartilage fractures and initial joint inflammation.
The GenuTrain OA was specially developed for treating osteoarthritis of the knee, specifically grades 2 and 3. The orthosis provides targeted relief and stabilization to the painful areas on the inside or outside of the knee joint, allowing you to be active for longer.
Gonarthrosis: Grade 4
With grade 4 gonarthosis, restrictions in movement increase significantly, and the cartilage surfaces are largely destroyed. In order to compensate for the significantly increased pressure on the bone underneath, bulges form on the edge of the bone, which are called osteophytes. Eventually, the cartilage layer is almost completely worn away, and there is nothing to prevent the bones from rubbing against each other. In these cases, the SecuTec OA can help.
It was specially developed for patients with moderate to severe osteoarthritis of the knee. The orthosis not only effectively alleviates pain, but also gives you the necessary confidence to get moving again, which promotes recovery.
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