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Medicare and Knee Braces

March 25, 2018 @ 4:57 pm posted by Brace and Support Help

If you are considering buying a knee brace or back brace over the internet, or calling an 800 number, and having the people you’re communicating with bill Medicare on your behalf –  stop.  Stop immediately.  It’s a scam.  Even if you receive the back brace or knee brace, you’re being robbed.  When a medical professional bills medicare on your behalf for a knee brace or back brace they are supposed to evaluate you, measure you, fit you, and be available for follow-up.  The follow-up is good for three years!  All of that is built into the cost.  The person fitting you needs to be a credentialed medical professional.  In some states the person needs to be licensed.

The internet and 800 phone number companies are running a scam.  Don’t believe me?  Just look at the math.  When a medical professional bills Medicare for fitting a knee brace or back brace they will get reimbursed between $800 and $1200 – it depends on the state you live in, and the type of brace being ordered.  Built into that price is the evaluation, measuring, fitting, and follow up visits.  How many follow-up visits?  As many as you need.  You can go see that person everyday for three years for adjustments and they cannot charge you a penny.

Here are a couple of arthritis knee braces we sell on line.  The price is between $159.99 and $329.99.  Here is a typical back brace, $75.45.  We do not bill Medicare.  We sell to the medical professionals that do.  The medical professionals bill Medicare between $800 and $1200 – which is fair and reasonable.  Built into that price is all of the evaluating, measuring, fitting, and follow-ups.  The internet knee brace and back brace providers scam Medicare by buying the brace and shipping it to you.  They skip all the patient care that is built into the reimbursement.

Heritage Medical Equipment owns a couple of blogs, a website that sells orthopedic braces directly to consumers, and we do some distributing for the orthopedic community.  With that said, more than one of these internet and 800 number companies have contacted us over the years looking to buy our knee braces and back braces.  We have very competitive pricing so they are attracted to us.  In many of these cases it only takes a couple of phone calls to our manufacturers to learn that these companies run up huge bills, never pay them, and then disappear.

If you need a back brace or a knee brace, get a prescription from your doctor and go to a certified orthotist.  An orthotist is credentialed professional with a degree.

DO NOT LET AN INTERNET COMPANY BILL MEDICARE ON YOUR BEHALF.

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Magnetic Knee Support

September 18, 2017 @ 11:02 am posted by Brace and Support Help

Magnetic Knee Support

Overview

  • Magnetic Knee Support
  • Open Patella
  • Neodymium Magnets
  • Ceramic Magnets
  • 2 Spiral Stays
  • 2 Compression Straps
  • Provides Warmth
  • Thermal Reactive Neoprene

Description

This knee wrap contains fourteen large and powerful magnets. It has a patented thermal comfort system that improves the magnetic therapy by maintaining ideal levels of therapeutic body heat needed to increase blood flow to your arthritic knee.

Indications

  • Minor Knee Sprains
  • Minor Knee Strains
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Knee Instability
  • Knee Pain
  • Joint Swelling

Sizing

Measure at knee center with leg fully extended

Small / Medium:       12.5″ – 15″

Large:                      15.25″ – 17″

Extra Large:             17.25″ – 21″

 

Purchase a magnetic knee support.

 

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Easy Arthritis Knee Brace

September 11, 2017 @ 10:57 am posted by Brace and Support Help

Easy Arthritis Knee Brace

Overview

  • Hinged Knee Brace
  • Top Half Opens Wide
  • Bottom Half Provides a Snug Fit
  • Open Popliteal
  • Covered Hinges

Description

The Hybrid Hinged Knee Brace is easy to wear and comfortable.  This hinged knee is constructed with a wrap-around design on the top half of the knee brace, and the bottom half is a pull-up design.  The Hybrid Hinged Knee Brace has an open patella (knee cap) and open popliteal (back of the knee) cut-outs for easy application and to eliminate bunching.

Indications

  • Pre and Post-Operative MCL/LCL Care
  • Meniscal Repairs
  • Moderate ACL/PCL Sprains & Strains
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Instability

 

Sizing

Measure the Circumference at Knee Center with the Leg Fully Extended

Extra Small:     12″ – 13″
Small:               13″ – 14″
Medium:          14″ – 15″
Large:               15″ – 16″
Extra Large:     16″ – 18″
2X Large:          18″ – 20″
3X Large:          20″ – 22″
4X Large:          22″ – 24″

Purchase an Easy Arthritis Knee Brace.

 

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Arthritis Knee Brace

June 21, 2017 @ 10:16 am posted by Brace and Support Help

Arthritis Knee Brace

This support brace is constructed of 1/8″ neoprene, to provide warmth and compression. This increases blood flow to your arthritic joint. The knee support is constructed with a felt buttress designed to control and protect your knee cap. The aluminum hinges work in conjunction with the neoprene to help stabilize and protect your knee joint.

A knee brace is a safe and effective treatment option for knee osteoarthritis.  Two of the best ways to decrease your knee pain associated with OA is to lose weight and to exercise.  A knee brace can help you get there.

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Adjunct Patella Stabilizer

December 1, 2016 @ 2:59 pm posted by Brace and Support Help

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Adjunct Patella Stabilizer

The Adjunct Patella Stabilizer is designed to be used with custom and off-the shelf functional and osteoarthritis knee braces.  The tubular buttress is designed to provide dynamic tension on the knee cap.

  • Patella Stabilizer
  • Retrofit Arthritis Knee Braces
  • Retrofit Functional Knee Braces
  • Adjustable Strapping System
  • Dynamic Pull Tension

This knee brace mimics taping, and assures proper knee cap alignment while wearing most rigid shell knee braces.

Indications

  • Sprains and Strains
  • Joint Swelling
  • Patellar Tendonitis
  • Patellar Instability
  • Patella Subluxation
  • Patello Femoral Tracking Syndrome
  • Correction of Patella Tilt

Sizing

Measure the Circumference at Knee Center with the Leg Fully Extended

Extra Small:      12″ – 13″
Small:               13″ – 14″
Medium:           14″ – 15″
Large:               15″ – 16″
Extra Large:     16″ – 18″
2X Large:          18″ – 20″
3X Large:          20″ – 22″
4X Large:          22″ – 24″

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Hely & Weber – Global Knee

November 2, 2015 @ 12:27 am posted by Brace and Support Help

Global Knee III

The Global Knee is a new knee brace from Hely & Weber.  The Global Knee addresses pain and improves lives of people waiting to have their knees replaced.    The knee brace is designed with a hybrid wrap around format.  The calf section of the knee brace is closed while the thigh section is open and wraps around the leg.  This allows patients to adjust the size of the thigh portion of the knee brace to accommodate muscle changes throughout the day.

There is a removable Trakaderm “U” Buttress  that works in conjunction with a “Patella Sling” to allow for directional control of the patella and also offer a slight tilt adjustment if needed.  The Global Knee also comes with soft, oversized condyle pads to accommodate an inflamed or bulbous knee.

By controlling the patella in a more natural position in the superior femoral groove, patients can now manage end range gait and are able to go up and down stairs with less pain and more stability.

Global Knee IVClick to enlarge 

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A knee brace for osteoarthritis doesn’t have to cost over $200.  The one pictured above is only $149.95 (L-1843).  The New Option OA Brace from Heritage Medical Equipment is a cost-effective treatment option to help reduce the knee pain associated with unicompartmental osteoarthritis.

Knee braces for osteoarthritis, sometimes called off loading knee braces, were originally made from heavy carbon graphite – 20 years ago.  Carbon graphite unloading knee braces are still available but are best for patients with unique anatomy, those that are obese, or athletes who engage in contact sports.  Just about everyone else can get effective pain relief from a neoprene brace with some gentle unloading provided by a simple hinge.

The brace pictured above is sold through a few different manufacturers and distributors.  So beware of being overcharged by bloated companies looking to gouge the public, and the orthotic and prosthetic community.  If you visit an orthotist, which is exactly how we recommend you obtain a knee brace for osteoarthritis, they will charge your insurance company about $750.  This is fair and reasonable.  Built into the billing is the measuring, fitting, and follow up an unloading knee brace requires to be most effective.  As a patient you are covered to go see your orthotist for up to two years, depending on what state you live in, for fitting and adjustments.  The gouging we’re warning about takes place when a distributor or manufacturer overcharges the orthotist, or the public if they’re buying direct, for a product that is usually reasonably priced.

Learn more about the cost-effective knee brace for osteoarthritis – an active reliever of knee pain.

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Knee Brace for Golf

January 10, 2015 @ 10:04 am posted by Brace and Support Help

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The knee brace for osteoarthritis available at Heritage Medical Equipment is designed to reduce knee pain.  It can help you get back to the activities you once enjoyed without the pain and aches of osteoarthritis.

Golf is hard enough, why let knee pain make the game even tougher?  Imagine swinging the club again without being reminded of your knee arthritis.

This knee brace provides gentle unloading, warmth, and compression.  This is just what an arthritic knee needs.  This knee brace is easy to wear and easy to clean.  For the vast majority of patients knee braces constructed from carbon graphite or heavy metals are overkill.  Most people don’t need that much knee brace.

If you’ve experienced sticker shock at the cost of an unloading knee brace (very common), then take a moment to consider a safe, effective, and inexpensive treatment option for your knee pain.  The knee brace for osteoarthritis from Heritage Medical Equipment  is worth trying.  We’ll take it back if you aren’t satisfied with the pain relief.

Do you have a high deductible?  This arthritis knee brace is $149.95.   Click here, see for yourself.

If you’re not sure this knee brace will work for you, forward this blog post to your doctor.

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A New Knee Brace for Osteoarthritis

November 3, 2014 @ 2:49 pm posted by Brace and Support Help

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This is an interesting knee brace for osteoarthritis.

The Stride OA is universal in size.   It fits thigh circumferences up to 30″ (76 cm) and calves with circumferences up to 23″ (58 cm).  The universal sizing aspect is impressive, but what’s interesting is that the hinge on this brace is always on the lateral aspect of the leg.  The hinge is always on the outside regardless of what compartment of the knee is affected by osteoarthritis.  If the pain is on the inside or on the outside of the knee the hinge is always lateral.  This means zero medial interference.  The hinge never has to rub against the other leg.  Brilliant!

Coreflex calls it the “Q Hinge”.  An allen wrench is used to position the hinge to offer either medial or lateral correction.  If the arthritis is on the inside of the knee, the hinge is positioned to “push” the joint space open.  If it’s lateral compartment OA the hinge is positioned to “pull” the joint space open.  Really great stuff!

This brace is easy to wear.  Once the hinge is adjusted patients only need to position the brace on their leg and buckle four straps.  The buckles are worth mentioning.  Most unloading knee braces come with D-Rings.  People with arthritis in their knees can feel it in their fingers as well.  Stiff fingers have an easier time with buckles than looping velcro tabs through a narrow metal ring.

This knee brace should be fit by someone who knows what they’re doing.  The hinge adjustment will relieve the knee pain caused by OA, but if it’s adjusted incorrectly it could quite possibly make the pain worse!  So this isn’t a do-it-at-home project.  The Stride OA should be fit by a qualified medical professional, like a certified orthotist.

 The Stride OA is easy to wear, easy to fit, and easy to stock.

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OA Knee Brace – A Simple Solution

October 17, 2014 @ 11:33 am posted by Brace and Support Help

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If you’ve been doing any research on the internet about Unloading knee braces you’ve probably learned that there’s a lot of knee braces to choose from.  There’s custom knee braces, off the shelf knee braces, OA knee braces with one hinge, OA knee braces with two hinges….it can get confusing.  Why are there so many?  Because different knee braces are appropriate for different types of knees and knee pain.

The knee brace for osteoarthritis pictured above is a good knee brace to start with.  It will provide warmth and compression and some gentle unloading.  This knee brace is good for the typical patient with unicompartmental osteoarthritis.  Someone who just needs the brace to get around the house or go to the grocery store.  It’s easy to wear and easy to clean.  The knee brace for osteoarthritis pictured above is also inexpensive.  Knee braces for osteoarthritis can cost as much as $700!  The one pictured above is available at Heritage Medical Equipment for $149.95.  If it doesn’t work, return it for a refund.  Click this link to learn more:  Knee Brace for Osteoarthritis.

Some unloading knee braces can be complicated to get and complicated to wear.  This knee brace is a simple treatment option and you’ll know if it works just by wearing it around for a couple of hours.  This is pain relief without medication or surgery.  Absolutely worth trying.

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