Being an old woman suffering from arthritis and being a runner is as hard as it sounds. Two years ago, I started running every morning and would join marathons whenever there was one in my area. I never did it for the competition, though.
I swore to my children (now all married and professionals) that I would take care of my health and try to be active now that I’m in my early 60s, and running is my activity of choice. It always feels so freeing when I run and it’s rejuvenating afterward. I’m in a positive mood throughout my day and I feel like I could do anything I want.
But arthritis has recently started to creep up on me and it would make my runs difficult. The pain would last all day and it really dampens my mood. I have no issues with getting old and feeling old, but I would still like to do the things that I love. I would wake up some mornings almost drowning in pain that I would have to skip my daily runs, and eventually it became routine.
It had been a week without a run when I finally reached out to a doctor and asked for help. He advised me to keep living a healthy lifestyle and to look into knee braces. He said if it didn’t work, he would prescribe me medicine to take care of the pain.
I was surprised that I hadn’t thought of that myself. Of course, the professional runners I’ve had the pleasure to run with would wear knee braces when they develop pain, and they supposedly work really well for reducing the discomfort. Recovering basketball players also wear knee braces when they come back to play, don’t they?
So I went home and immediately ordered the CopperJoint Copper Knee Sleeve. It had really good reviews and seemed to be reasonably priced. Even if it was expensive, if it would help me get back to my daily running schedule again, I still wouldn’t mind paying for it.
Features of the CopperJoint Copper Knee Sleeve
According to the product’s description, the CopperJoint Copper Knee Sleeve:
- Has an anti-slip system (double silicone wave) that ensures it stays where it is no matter what you do
- Relieves muscle stiffness and soreness and promotes joint recovery
- Offers rejuvenating relief from arthritis, osteoporosis, tendonitis, pain and discomfort
- 88% top quality copper-infused nylon eliminates odors
- Breathable fabric keeps an optimal temperature around joints
- Made with anti-itch UPF 50+ material
- Ergonomic design for full-range motion and mobility
- Comfortable and non-irritating
- Easy to wear and keeps you dry and comfortable with moisture wicking design
My plan was to wear the sleeves for a week or so just staying at home, doing boring chores but never really working my knees too hard. The idea was to gauge the knee sleeves first. I didn’t want to try it for the first time and kneel in pain in the middle of a run for other people to see. However, I ended up wearing the sleeves to run after just three days of staying at home.
The sleeves worked! My knees were no longer killing me and I could walk to the park wearing them just fine. The sleeves felt comfortable even for extended periods of time, which I did not expect from them, no matter how much I hoped for them to work. It felt great, I felt great, and it was like a miracle.
So after three days, I went out at five o’clock in the morning and started running with the sleeves on. About ten minutes into the run, I felt it. The pain in my knees.
I really wanted the sleeves to work even during intense activity, but they did not. I went home, contacted my doctor, and he prescribed me some oral steroids that are supposed to help with the pain. He told me to try running again with the medication and the sleeves.
I tried this combination after about a week of medication, and I can happily say that I feel like myself again. I can run and not feel like my body is betraying me with every stride. I guess the sleeve is good for support, but it isn’t really something you should solely rely on.
- The sleeves feel comfortable even when worn for long periods
- They fit really nicely and do not slide down my legs
- It has UPF 50+ which is helpful when I run outside
- It gets rid of pain for everyday tasks
- It offers great support when I run
- It didn’t work on its own, but is great as a complementary pain reliever
Despite it not working a miracle, I still think that the CopperJoint Copper Knee Sleeve is a great product. It got rid of my pain so that I could do everyday tasks without curling up in agony.I shouldn’t have expected it to be effective during an activity as harsh on my joints as a run.