In the long run, it’s important to protect your joint cartilage from further disrepair and to delay surgery for as long as possible. For patients with what’s called unicompartmental knee OA, or arthritis in just one of the knee compartments, an unloading brace can help achieve this goal. The brace applies a corrective force to the damaged part of the knee. It offers improved support, stability and pain relief. And today’s modern knee braces can be surprisingly comfortable.
Take a load off
The Unloader One from Össur is designed for use in mild to moderate cases of osteoarthritis and offers unloading leverage with a three-point system called the Dynamic Forces Straps system. The thigh and calf shells account for two points of leverage, while the straps provide the third. This system “unloads” the pressure from the affected area to reduce pain. Regular use of the brace may even slow the degenerative process as the knee carries less load on a daily basis. Moreover, because pain levels may differ throughout the day or week, the Össur system allows wearers to adjust the level of tension on the brace manually. The Dynamic Force Control System allows sufferers to adjust the level of tension on the brace manually as needed.