Knee Support & Arthritis: What You Need To Know

For many, knee surgery is the last option for people who have suffered with osteoarthritis (OA) pain for years. But what if surgery could be delayed or avoided altogether? This was the result for some patients in the UK who used the Incrediwear Knee Sleeve as part of a peer-reviewed clinical study. 

Incrediwear Knee Sleeve for Recovery

The study, which was published in The Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine, was conducted in a hospital in the United Kingdom over the course of 6 months. The findings showed a significant decrease in pain for people who suffer from OA from the continued use of germanium-embedded knee sleeve (the technology that Incrediwear uses to make recovery and pain relief a reality).  

"Surgery is not suitable for all candidates".
Alternatives to surgery are preferred from both the patient and practitioner perspective. However, after years of trying to decrease pain it can feel like a patient's only option. This study showed that it is possible to delay or avoid surgery for OA pain. However, the results are best when the nonoperative pain management is done at early sign of the symptoms. 

"It was found that knee braces are a cost-effective measure that can delay the need for surgery over an 8-year period and could potentially replace the need for surgery altogether."
For the patients in the study, pain relief can be achieved as easily as wearing a knee sleeve consistently. At a fraction of the price of surgery, the Incrediwear Knee Sleeve is an effective nonsurgical treatment for knee pain. 

"Patients with OA experience pain, decreased mobility and function, muscle weakness, and deterioration in ability to accomplish activities of daily living."

According to the CDC, "OA is the most common form of arthritis. [It is also] called degenerative joint disease or “wear and tear” arthritis and occurs most frequently in the hands, hips, and knees. With OA, the cartilage within a joint begins to break down and the underlying bone begins to change. These changes usually develop slowly and get worse over time. OA can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling. In some cases it also causes reduced function and disability; some people are no longer able to do daily tasks or work." For someone who suffers from OA, everyday activities can be burdensome and feel impossible. 

"Pain is the main symptom associated with OA; nearly 80% of patients with arthritis experience pain most days, and 1 in 8 patients describe their pain as unbearable."

The study, conducted by Marino et al, is the first to test the use of germanium-embedded knee sleeve as a viable alternative to surgery and longterm OA pain management. According to the study, 1 in 5 individuals over the age of 45 in the UK is affected by OA chronic pain. In the United States, over 30 million people are affected. Over time, the continuation of OA can lead to decrease in quality of life. 

Incrediwear Knee Sleeve Squatting

Study Overview

All 46 of the study participants opted for nonsurgical intervention and were monitored for continuous use of the knee sleeve. The participants were divided into two groups, depending on their level of pain. 

Group A was made up of participants who were at lower levels of pain. These individuals were in the early stages of OA progression. 
Group B was made up of patients with higher pain levels and a more advanced progression of OA. 
The study found that both groups experienced pain relief by wearing the Incrediwear Knee Sleeve. However, those in Group A experienced significant relief and reported the highest improvement scores. 
Over the course of 6 months, each patient involved in the study was polled on their pain relief based on the myriad of pain management scores. These monthly reports were compiled by the researchers to conclude that the germanium-embedded knee sleeve is an effective way to manage pain from OA. 
We've received many customer testimonials about OA pain relief from wearing the Knee Sleeve and now we can add this clinical study to the list. Our products are made to make the lives of our customers better and when the products we make succeed in the clinical study environment, we are excited to share it Incrediwear community! Of course, results will vary based on many different factors. If you are experiencing chronic pain due to OA, speak with your healthcare professional. 

Knee Sleeve Sitting

Bottom line: The Incrediwear Knee Sleeve is a proven way to manage pain and can be an alternative to surgery for some osteoarthritis patients.
Looking for an alternative to surgery for osteoarthritis? The continuous use of the Incrediwear Knee Sleeve may be the pain relief option you've been looking for. If you or someone you know suffer from Osteoarthritis, see our product catalog and use offer code "OA2020" for 20% off your order. 


Hi Aloha, great to hear you were able to find relief from your pain. Thank you for sharing your experience.

Incrediwear Team December 21, 2022

I’ve had a bum knee for about 12 yrs now. In looking back, I twisted it in early 20’s in first and only ski lesson. I have a feeling that it was compromised and just wasn’t great…however something happened while painting a fence, over 3 days. My ortho called it deep knee bends. Sure wasn’t from going to “A” gym! Fast forward. Been having different injections usuall once a year, for last maybe 8 yrs. Supartz, Monovisic, etc. Latest X-ray shows no cartilage as well as new OA in knee cap in addition to already OA on one side. I was told, next stop is knee replacement. The pain in Sept was so bad I almost cried one night…what to do with the pain?? I was wearing an older Japanese knee support. My neighbor had just had her knee replaced now 9 wks ago. She gave me one of her (3) knee supports and told me to try it. I was skeptical. However, within about 3 hrs, I did feel relief! It only got better. I bought a second one so I can wash as needed. I normally sleep without it (been about 2 weeks now) but depends. I STILL have pain, but less. There are times when I realize I’m walking really well without pain. Standing for too long is tiring as well. Sitting, (car, chair etc.) seems to be the hardest to get up without pain. I hobble and that makes me look like an old woman!! It takes about 10 steps to get over the initial pain. However, I’m able to do MUCH better. I do think that I don’t want to be like this for the rest of my life, so may still go under the knife. I’ll have to see how it goes…BUT, IT’S A HUGE IMPROVEMENT! Thanks to my neighbor and this assist with my pain…it is amazing…

Aloha Gal December 21, 2022

Hi Teresa, please could you send pictures of the problem to so we can investigate? Thanks!

Incrediwear Team December 18, 2022

On my husbands knee sleeve the stays are on either side of his knee. On mine they are in the back is this normal and why?? $98.00 for my 2 is kind of expensive not to wear.

Teresa Taylor December 18, 2022

Hi Lorraine, we are sorry to hear this. Please can you contact our customer services team? Our contact information is here:

Incrediwear Team October 19, 2022

Hi Tracy, you can wear Incrediwear products for as long as you feel comfortable, including during the night if you wish. Please remove them if you experience any discomfort and speak to your medical team if you have any concerns about your specific condition.

Incrediwear Team October 18, 2022

It was too tight.
I even tried making slits in side… wound up throwing out…☹️☹️☹️

Lorraine Katz October 18, 2022

How many hours a day should I wear this for knee osteoarthritis?

Tracy Lopez October 18, 2022

I ordered the knee sleeve….is it suppose to be tight? My sleep kinda slips down from my thigh.

John Stefanias March 18, 2020

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