Dose-response research refutes the com­mon perception that increasing brace wear time leads to muscle atrophy in patients with knee osteoarthritis. In fact, longer bracing duration appears to im­prove hamstring strength as well as in­creas­ing patients’ physical activity levels. 

By Cheryl L. Hubley-Kozey PhD and Gillian Hatfield Murdock, PT, MScType your paragraph here.

The Unloader Braces, 


Unloader FIT and Unloader One, are built upon the same design that has been clinically proven to alleviate the pain caused by osteoarthritis of the knee.

Unloader braces are both lightweight and easy to put on and wear under everyday clothing.
The proprietary dual Dynamic Forces Strap system provides rapid pain relief and can easily be adjusted by means of simpleSmartDosing™ dial(s).
They are suitable for all levels of activity.

The Unloader One® is a comfortable, lightweight, low-profile brace that provides excellent suspension and unloading leverage. Dual Dynamic Force Straps combine with a streamlined, flexible upright to deliver a powerful unloading force that is easily self-adjusted via a Dynamic Force Control System. Recent research demonstrates that Unloader One reduces pain, improves function, and decreases the use of pain medication.*

Recent research demonstrates that Unloader One reduces pain, improves function, and decreases the use of pain medication.*

Indications & usage

• Mild to severe unicompartmental osteoarthritis
• Unicompartmental knee conditions requiring load reduction, such as Articular Cartilage Defect Repair, Meniscal Cartilage Repair, Avascular Necrosis, or Tibial Plateau Fracture
• All non-contact activities product highlights
• Dual Dynamic Force Straps (DFS)1 increase unloading capabilities and prevent rotation of the brace on the leg
• Tool-free, ratcheting Dynamic Force Control System2 enables self-adjustment for easier pain management
• Color-coded Quick Fit Buckles3 with leverage arms enable easy application and removal without cumbersome strap adjustment • Breathable liners4 featuring Össur Sensil Silicone on an Aerospace base material virtually eliminate migration
• Numbered Quick Connect strapping for easy, tool-free removal, replacement and reassembly after washing • Available in grey or black matte, or any of 12 custom paint colors for an additional fee 

 * Studies available at www.ossur.com/unloader 














Knee pain and the unloader treatment

Unloader braces unload the affected, painful side of the knee using a 3-Point Leverage System. The thigh and calf shells account for two points of leverage, while the Dynamic Force Strap (the diagonal strap above the knee) provides the third. This system “unloads” the pressure from the affected area, providing a reduction in pain. Regular use of the brace may even slow the degenerative process, as the area receives less load on a daily basis. The biomechanical change in the knee is demonstrated by the x-rays above. Knee OA without bracing (bone-on-bone contact) The 3-Point Leverage System (Unloader Select shown) Knee OA with bracing (space created between bones)
















New clinical studies presented on the use of the Unloader One® brace for osteoarthritis of the knee.

At the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Karen K Briggs, MPH, director of clinical research at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI), and Thorvaldur Ingvarsson, MD, presented two studies that demonstrated improved function, reduced pain, and reduced use of pain medication in patients using the Unloader One knee brace by Össur.

At the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), Karen K Briggs, MPH, director of clinical research at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI), presented a study comparing patient outcomes for those using medial versus lateral Unloader One knee braces.

Abstract: Use of an Unloader Brace for medial or lateral compartment Osteoarthritis of the Knee.

Additionally, Thorvaldur Ingvarsson, MD, presented his study results utilizing the same protocol as SPRI which was conducted at Akureyri Hospital, Akureyri, Iceland. 

Abstract: Patients with moderate and severe knee OA do benefit from using a valgus knee brace.

 

Both studies demonstrated improved function, reduced pain, and reduced use of pain medication in patients using theUnloader One knee brace by Össur.

OA bracing may bolster pre-habilitation protocol. 

Preoperative exercise has been shown to improve total knee arthroplasty outcomes, but may not be feasible in patients with severe pain. Bracing and other offloading methods can help decrease that pain, potentially improving the effects of pre-habilitation.

By John Kenney, CO, and Robert Hamblen, MD

OA bracing: Longer use does not impair strength
















Clinically proven treatment option for OA

The Unloader Braces, Unloader FIT and Unloader One are built upon the same design that has been

clinically proven to alleviate the pain caused by osteoarthritis of the knee.

Unloader braces are both lightweight and easy to put on and wear under everyday clothing.
The proprietary dual Dynamic Forces Strap system provides rapid pain relief and can easily be adjusted by

means of simple SmartDosing™ dial(s). They are suitable for all levels of activity.

SmartDosing® dial,


With a single SmartDosing® dial, the tension of the dual Dynamic Force Straps is easily adjusted to control the amount of pain relief.

Knee pain and osteoarthritis (OA)
One of the most common causes of knee pain is osteoarthritis (OA), a disease that causes a gradual breakdown of the cartilage in your joints.As the disease progresses and the cartilage gets worn away, the bones start to rub and grind against each other, and that causes pain.The pain can often be felt when you bend your knees, when you walk up and down stairs, or even when you’re resting. Alleviate your knee pain.
MODERATELY DEVELOPED OA 

You may be suffering from moderate or more severe pain. Either way, you don’t have to live with it. There are a number of treatment options that can help alleviate the knee pain and let you get on with your life. Among them is a highly effective, clinically proven option that doesn’t involve surgery –


THE UNLOADER KNEE BRACES

UNLOADER KNEE BRACES CAN OFTEN ELIMINATE OR POSTPONE THE NEED FOR SURGERY AND IT HAS NONE OF THE SIDE EFFECTS.