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DonJoy OA Lite Osteoarthritis Knee Brace

The OA Lite is a customizable sleeve-style wrap for mild osteoarthritis.

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Sleeve-style wrap for mild osteoarthritis.

The DonJoy OA Lite is a customizable sleeve-style wrap for mild osteoarthritis. Constructed from a neoprene alternative, DRYTEX - a unique, patented nylon core and polyester lycra fabric - it improves airflow while still giving ample support and compression. Perfect for those needing tissue containment in warm weather climates, or those with neoprene allergies.


Applications:

  • Mild osteoarthritis
  • Mild patellofemoral malalignment

Features:

  • Adjustable pneumatic-condyle pad allows patient to"fine tune" load according to activity level.
  • Cool, lightweight, breathable & washable design.
  • Streamlined and low profile to fit under clothing.
  • Patella stabilizing donut.
  • Cost effective, off-the-shelf solution.
  • Arthritis friendly features.

What is Osteoarthritis (OA)?

Arthritis refers to more than 100 diseases that affect the joints and their surrounding tissues. Osteoarthritis, or OA, is the most common form of arthritis. The statistics on OA are staggering:


  • Nearly 21 million people in the United States have OA*
  • The incidence of OA is expected to increase even more as the U.S. population ages*
  • Over 7 million Americans are limited in their ability to participate in their main daily activities because of their arthritis*

The joint most often affected by osteoarthritis is the knee. Knee OA is caused by the degeneration or breakdown of articular cartilage that covers the ends of the bones that meet at the joint. Cartilage serves as a cushion between the bones, providing a smooth surface for the bones to move against each other. When the cartilage deteriorates the bones may actually be rubbing together. Your physician will often refer to this as “bone-on-bone” osteoarthritis.


*Arthritis Foundation

What is Osteoarthritis (OA) knee bracing and how does it work?

Knee braces are available that are specifically designed to treat OA. They stabilize the joint, reduce pain and help to build stronger muscles, which allows patients to return to the activities they love. Load redistribution and joint alignment Through a process called “off-loading” or shifting, OA braces relieve pain by redistributing the weight bearing load on the painful or affected compartment of the joint to the healthy or unaffected compartment. Increased function Studies have shown that wearing an OA brace can increase daily functions and decrease pain. Patients diagnosed with OA who wear a knee brace will generally feel better in the morning, be more active during the day, and rest more comfortably at night.


What to expect from a Osteoarthritis (OA) knee brace

Knee braces are available that are specifically designed to treat OA. They stabilize the joint, reduce pain and help to build stronger muscles, which allows patients to return to the activities they love. Load redistribution and joint alignment Through a process called “off-loading” or shifting, OA braces relieve pain by redistributing the weight bearing load on the painful or affected compartment of the joint to the healthy or unaffected compartment. Increased function Studies have shown that wearing an OA brace can increase daily functions and decrease pain. Patients diagnosed with OA who wear a knee brace will generally feel better in the morning, be more active during the day, and rest more comfortably at night.

  • Braces cannot cure OA and may not be right for everyone. However, it is a viable solution for many people. The ideal candidates are typically active people who are motivated to strengthen their muscles and willing to wear a brace to realize the benefits of this form of treatment.
  • Discuss treatment goals with your doctor and others on your health care team before you get a brace.
  • Don’t expect a brace to feel good from the start. It may take from a week to a month to get used to how the brace feels on your leg. Be patient. It took a long time for your knee OA to develop.
  • Bracing has come close to eliminating pain for some people with knee OA, while others experience moderate relief.

Shop our complete selection of knee braces or browse additional DonJoy products.



Take the measurement of your thigh and calf 6" above and below your kneecap using a flexible type tape measure.  Use the diameter you measure here to choose your size.


    Size Thigh Knee Center Calf
    XS 13" - 15 1/2" 12"-13" 10"-12"
    S 15 1/2" - 18 1/2" 13"-14" 12"-14"
    M 18 1/2"- 21" 14"-15" 14"-16"
    L 21"- 23 1/2" 15"-17" 16"-18"
    XL 23 1/2" - 26 1/2" 17"-19" 18"-20"
    XXL 26 1/2" - 29 1/2" 19"-21" 20"-22"
    XXXL 29 1/2" -32" 21" -23" 22" -24


    Center Knee 1.Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart, legs slightly bent and leg muscles contracted.
    6 in Above 2. Measure up six inches from the center of your knee with a tape measure, as shown.
    Thig Circle 3. Measure the circumference of your thigh at the 6-inch mark, as shown.
    6 in below 4. Measure down six inches from the center of your knee with a tape measure, as shown. Then measure the circumference of your calf at the 6-inch mark.

     

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  • From Steve Z at 3/31/10 9:36 AM
    • I am looking at the DonJoy OA Lite Osteoarthritis Knee Brace.

      My knee's are more worn on the outside of my knee joints. Which braces do I order, the medial or the lateral?
    • If the arthritis pain in your knee is on the outside, you're going to want to offload the lateral (or outside) on both knees. These knee braces are designed to relieve just that sort of knee pain.
  • From Syd at 6/4/11 5:17 PM
    • Will Medicare pay for some of these?
      Are any waterproof so you can workout in a pool?
    • For insurance reimbursement questions please call 800-548-3370. All products are water resistant. Just simply hand wash with mild detergent and air dry. Rinse with fresh water after each use. To keep the hinges lubricated, use a dry lubricant such as TriFlow or White Lightening. We can also sell lubricant to you. Let us know if you have any other questions.
  • From John R. at 4/3/13 11:39 PM
    • I received the OA Lite Osteoarthritis knee brace from my Ortho Dr. today. Your site says it can be fine tuned as needed for the activity level, can you please elaborate on the fine tuning aspect?
    • Hello, John -

      The OA Lite has an adjustable telescoping hinge in the brace that can be adjusted to unload your joint. The amount of unload you desire would depend on the type of activity you are doing (ie - at rest, walking, hiking, etc) to ensure patient comfort. The brace should have come with a patient key to allow you to adjust the hinge up to 6 degrees of correction.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!
  • From EVB at 4/3/13 4:36 PM
    • I was diagnosed with OA 2 years ago, after ACL reconstruction 10 years before that. I have played soccer all my life and have continued to do so after diagnosis (1x to 2x per week). I am looking for a brace that will provide the best support for this activity. Can you please advise?
    • Hello -

      The OA Lite is an unloading OA brace that is mainly geared for a more sedentary population, not a highly active/athletic person. For your desired activity, the most appropriate brace would be the DonJoy OA FullForce knee brace. This will allow for the unloading of the affected OA compartment, ACL support for your athletic activity (soccer).

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!
  • From steve at 9/9/13 3:20 PM
    • is the oa-lite ok for medial meniscus tear injury. I have sent in this question earlier today but mistakenly indicated a lateral injury. It is a medial tear.

    • Yes you would need to oredr a medial unloader.
  • From Tamara gulley at 10/5/13 4:01 AM
    • I have osto arthritis in the inside of my left knee which has had acl ligament fixed and patella realignment. I wan to play basketball which brace is best please? Thanks Tamara
    • Tamara
      Thank you for contacting product support. The OA Lite is a sleeve style wrap up brace for mild arthritis. It has a single hinge in the sleeve material that can offload the medial side of the leg, which is the side that you would want to offload for your arthritis. It however does not have any support for ligament instabilities. Also take a look at the DonJoy OA Everyday and the DonJoy OA Nano. Although both are a little more expensive they are both for mild to moderate arthritis and ligament instabilities. They both have the capability to off-load a little or a lot. The OA Nano is very light wieght and is for active people. Take a look: http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-oa-everyday-osteoarthritis-knee-brace
      http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-oa-nano-knee-brace
      If you have any more questions please do not hesitate to contact us
      Diana

      Diana Keith MA, ATC
      Product Support Specialist
      DJO Healthcare Services
      DJO, LLC
      A DJO Global Company
      1430 Decision St, Vista, CA 92081-8553

      O 760-734-3144
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  • From Keith at 12/1/13 9:41 AM
    • I have knee pain in both knees with I rise from the sitting position and walk up and down stairs. Im very stiff in the morning but loosen up as I move around. I am unable to jog because of the post jog pain. What brace would you recommend. My age is 59.
    • Hello,

      What is your Diagnosis? Please take a look at Betterbraces website, you can shop based on your injury. http://www.betterbraces.com/knee-braces/patella-stabilizers
      Sounds like you need patella tendon support.


      Thanks for Contacting Donjoy.
  • From Keith at 1/9/14 5:48 PM
    • I have OA in left knee and in pain 24/7. I used to play basketball all the time and would like to start again. My ligaments are fine, just no cartilage in fact at age 33 Dr wanted to do total knee. I am 41 now, is there a brace for this?
    • Keith
      If your doctor told you that you need a total knee replacement you have severe arthritis in your knee and the OA lite if for mild arthitis. Take a look at the OA Adjuster 3. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-oa-adjuster-3-knee-brace This brace is for moderate to severe arthritis, you can play basketball in it. You would need to know which compartment you have the arthritis in so you can order the appropriate brace. The brace has an adjustable hinge that can un-load the side of the knee that hurts and create space between the joint to allow for less pain.
  • From Najiba at 6/17/14 8:17 PM
    • I have osteoarthritis and it has cause my meniscus to tear. It causes me a great deal of pain specially when I sit and stand. I can't bend my knee backwards and I can't sit on the floor. Which knee brace do you recommend? Thank you
    • Thank you for your question. The OA lit would be appropriate for a mild level of osteoarthritis. It sounds like you may have a more severe case and might be better with a double upright. If you are an active person the OA Adjuster 3 would be a good option for you. If you are just looking for a brace for daily activities, the OA Nano would be more appropriate.

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