A knee brace for osteoarthritis is also known as an OA knee brace (OA is short for “osteoarthritis”), and it is sometimes called an unloading or off-loading brace. These braces are supports worn on the knees to provide joint stability and help to correct joint alignment problems.
Braces can be made of fabric, metal, and plastic. Ranging from the soft, breathable material found in the Freestyle™ OA to the more rigid designs of the Quantum and DUO braces, Breg osteoarthritis knee braces offer various comfortable options depending on activity and instability levels.
There are two types of unloading brace designs, push and pull. The push design, like the Freestyle, allows patients to turn the brace’s dial, which applies a gentle load to open up the joint and relieve pain. Like the Quantum brace, the pull design requires patients to ratchet buckles on the front of the brace to apply a similar load. This force, like with the push brace, is intended to open up the knee area where there is friction and resulting pain.
“Compared with control patients, brace patients had significantly less pain, fewer arthritis symptoms, better able to engage in activities of daily living (ADLs) and better total knee function.” (Ostrander RV, Andrews Institute)
“The patients in the brace group had triple the improvements in pain…they were also more active. The results showing greater quadriceps and hamstring muscle strength with the brace are important because improved strength in these muscles provides stabilization for the knee, as well as reducing symptoms.” (Michael Mont, MD, Cleveland Clinic)
“More than 70% of OA patients using braces report significantly reduced pain, increased activity levels and a substantial reduction in the use of oral pain medications.” (Barnes CL et al., 2002)
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