Yeah, I’m wearing that baby for real today. When I started having more serious RA issues in my knees around 2006, my husband pulled this out, saying he had worn it years ago. I gave it a try. I cinch it as tight as it will go, and it gives quite a bit of support. If I have real strong pain, the kind of pain that makes you want to buckle and just fall, this gives enough support that your leg doesn’t give out.
In reality, I tend to use it most at night. Since my swelling has gone down so dramatically with Paleo, my knee joints are loose. They hyper-extend easily, and this brace keeps my knees more comfortably in place. Today, I was walking at work, had a horrid sharp pain, and my knee started to give. I caught it quickly and didn’t fall, but it’s been hurting all day. It’s not an RA sort of pain, but more of a “loose” pain. I hope it gets better. The pain happened again with the brace on, and it was nice to have the support. I hope the pain works itself out soon, but in the meantime, I’m keeping the brace on.
It has 3 main adjustments, two long strips of velcro wrap around my leg, more than once, adhering to the brace itself at both the top and bottom of the brace. There is also a strip of velcro to tighten on the back side of my knee.
This was not a doctor or PT recommendation for me. The brand on the brace is Tru-Fit. It has washing instructions 🙂 I’m not sure where you can get them, but imagine the great world of Google would tell you!