Knee osteoarthritis explained
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis – and knee osteoarthritis, affecting approximately 50% of people over 65, is the most common type of OA.
When severe, knee OA can be debilitating, making simple actions like climbing stairs or tying shoelaces extremely difficult and frustrating.
AposHealth® as a treatment for knee osteoarthritis
The latest clinical evidence suggests that biomechanics plays a much larger role in osteoarthritis than previously thought. Fortunately, AposHealth® is designed to address the underlying biomechanical causes of knee osteoarthritis.
The AposHealth® treatment works by reducing and redistributing the load on the affected joints. Using a personalized foot-worn device for about one hour a day, AposHealth® introduces “controlled micro-instability” – an innovative way of reeducating your muscles and correcting your body’s alignment.
And AposTherpy® fits effortlessly into your everyday life. The device can be worn during your normal activities at home, at work or outside. It’s non-invasive, drug-free and super easy to comply with.
The AposTherapy® foot-worn device is FDA-cleared for treating knee osteoarthritis, to help temporarily reduce knee pain and improve lower extremity function during activities of daily living. It is also a non-FDA cleared wellness device which can help patients live well with other musculoskeletal conditions such as chronic low back and hip pain.
Clinical research about AposHealth®
AposHealth® is a clinically proven treatment for knee osteoarthritis. Clinical studies have shown that patients with knee osteoarthritis who used AposHealth® experienced:
- Temporary pain reduction42
- Improved function42
- Improved quality of life43
- Reduced over-the-counter pain killer consumption (by over 50%)3
- Improved biomechanical measurements, such as reduced knee adduction moment, reduced knee flexion moment, improved muscle activation, improved spatiotemporal gait patterns42
In addition, AposHealth® has been found to be safe42.
A two-year follow-up study found that the positive effects of the treatment lasted and found a steep difference in the need for total knee replacement (TKR/TKA) between patients who received AposHealth® treatment (2.6%) and those who did not (31%)42.
Unique benefits of AposHealth®
- Clinically proven to improve gait (walking mechanics)
- Temporarily reduces pain
- Improves function and quality of life
- Convenient and fits easily into your daily routine
- Personalized to your body frame and movement patterns
- Ongoing care for optimal results
Knee osteoarthritis diagnosis
Joint pain, that tends to worsen with activity, is the most common symptom of osteoarthritis. Additionally, the pain can asymmetrical – so it can be present one knee more than the other.
Diagnosing knee osteoarthritis can be done using various methods including clinical criteria and radiographic findings (X-rays and scans). The American College of Rheumatology recommends a combination of history, physical examination and laboratory tests in developing an osteoarthritis treatment.
Symptoms of knee osteoarthritis
The symptoms of knee osteoarthritis are often worst when waking up in the morning, after over-activity, or when sitting or standing for long periods. They can get even worse due to degenerative tears in the meniscus, which commonly occur alongside knee OA.
Symptoms may include:
- A warm feeling in the joint
- Decreased mobility due to bracing
- Stiffness and cracking sounds during movement
When severe, these symptoms can be debilitating, making simple actions like climbing stairs or tying shoelaces extremely difficult and frustrating.
Causes of knee osteoarthritis
Your body constantly repairs the daily wear and tear on your joints, but if it becomes unable to maintain the speed necessary for this repair process, the result is joint degeneration.
Among the elements that may predispose someone to develop knee OA are obesity, genetics, gender (women are more susceptible to osteoarthritis), old age, sports, previous trauma as well as other illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and certain metabolic disorders.
One reason that knee OA is so common is that it has so many causes, including wear-and-tear from aging, overuse, excessive flexibility, bad knee alignment, weak muscles and injury.
AposHealth® addresses the biomechanical causes of knee osteoarthritis at their biomechanical source and has been clinically proven to produce good results.
So, is AposHealth® right for me?
Generally, the AposHealth® treatment is not suitable for individuals who:
- Have unexplained recurrent falls
- Experience balance problems (that require using a walking aid indoors)
- Suffer from especially severe osteoporosis
Otherwise, if you suffer from knee pain and you want to enjoy walking again, then you are likely to be a good candidate for AposHealth®.