Welcome to the third installment of our three part knee osteoarthritis (OA) blog series. In this post, we’ll tell you what to expect at your OdrA™ knee brace consult. So you’ve booked your free OdrA™ consult and are now wondering what happens next. Here we’ll go over the process and what you can expect at your appointment.
If you’d like to learn more about knee OA, you can read part one of our blog series, Knee Osteoarthritis: My Knees Hurt Do I Have OA? If you’d like to know more about the treatments available for OA you can read the second part of our blog series, Knee Osteoarthritis: Non-Surgical Treatments That Work.
Before Your Appointment
You’ve booked your OdrA™ consultation, and you’re ready to go. Here are a few small things you can do, to make sure your appointment goes smoothly, be sure to wear loose fitting pants or shorts.
During Your Free OdrA™ Consultation
Step 1: Medical History
As part of your OdrA™ consultation, your physiotherapist will sit down with you to take a brief medical history to make sure OdrA™ is right for you. You may be asked about:
- Any medication you may be taking
- Treatments you’ve had for your OA
- Your pain and/or ability levels
- Your Lifestyle and expectations
Step 2: Assessment
After taking your history, your physiotherapist will begin a physical evaluation. Your physio will assess the shape of your knee and give you a sample brace to try on. This is to ensure that a brace is the right solution for you.
Step 3: Measurement
If your physio thinks the OdrA™ knee brace is right for you, they will then measure the circumference and width of a few areas around your knee. This is to make sure that your OdrA™ brace is perfectly fit to your knee.
Step 4: 3D Scan
Fitting is key to comfort and pain relief efficiency. The OdrA™ knee brace is unique in that it uses 3D scanning technology to get the best fit possible. Your physio will use the 3D scanning machine to take further digital measurements of your knee to customize your brace. This produces a 3D model of your knee to help build your personalized brace.
After Your Consultation
When your OdrA™ knee brace arrives, your physiotherapist will invite you back to the clinic to fit your brace. They will also show you how to put your brace on, how to clean it and make any adjustments necessary.
You may be feeling great after wearing your OdrA™ knee brace for a few weeks, but a follow-up appointment is advised. Why? Because your knee is fully supported, the swelling associated with OA could go down, and due to increased mobility, you may also lose weight, that means that your brace may need to be tightened. At your follow-up appointment, your physiotherapist will check the fit of your brace and make any necessary adjustments. You may want to return in 12 months to have your brace tightened and checked once more.
If you feel the OdrA™ knee brace could be right for you, you can book your free consultation at an OdrA™ certified pt Health clinic today. Click here to get started.