Knee bracing is an excellent means of non-surgical intervention and the Unloader knee brace is recognised as the industry standard, and is the most studied OA knee brace with over 15 clinical studies demonstrating its efficay.
Suitable for mild to severe unicompartmental osteoarthritis of the knee, where there is degradation of the cartilage in one side of the joint. It works by moving the force away from the affected side of the knee to the less affected side, reducing the bone on bone contact when mobile and taking the pain away for the patient.
The Unloader knee brace is clinically proven to reduce pain and improve function. Recent clinical research demonstrates that the Unloader provides the following results for pateints:
For some patients, the Unloader One can mean surgery is no longer a priority, as their mobility is increased and pain reduced. for others, the brace is used as an interim solution, postponing the need for surgery until they feel prepared for the procedure.
In some cases your private medical insurance will cover the cost of an Unloader brace. Your Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon must refer you direct to Ossur who in turn will deal with your insurance compnay. You will then be referred out to your nearest authorised fitting partner such as activ8rehab.