Aug 29, 2014

Hinged Knee Braces

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Hinged Knee Braces & Hinged Knee Supports

When pain or instability is experienced in the knee, a knee brace is usually used to help strengthen the afflicted area. Knee orthoses are worn around the knee, and they work by helping relieve pressure off the affected part. In addition, hinged knee braces also provide support and stability to the knee when we participate in daily activities or engage in sports. Knee supports can also help align the knee properly to help alleviate pain caused by osteoarthritis.

Knee braces and supports are usually classified into four types: prophylactic braces, functional braces, rehabilitation braces, and unloader braces. Prophylactic braces are mainly used by athletes or active individuals who play high-contact sports in order to protect the knees. Functional braces are worn by patients who have already experienced injury and need additional support and stability until the knee attains full recovery. Rehabilitation braces, on the other hand, are primarily used for post-injury or post-surgery for immobilization. Lastly, unloader braces are intended for patients who are experiencing pain due to arthritis of the knee or incorrect alignment. The main function of unloader braces is to help decrease the amount of pressure or stress on the knee and free up the weight away from the knee afflicted by arthritis.  Majority of unloader braces are hinged braces.

Hinged knee braces can have either one or two hinges. A hinged knee support helps take load or weight off the knee and is commonly worn by patients who want to forgo surgery or those who are still healing after a knee operation. Hinged knee braces can considerably relieve knee pain and helps provide stability for patients while they walk, stand, or undergo physical therapy.

The Corflex CoolTex 16-Inch Contender Hinged Knee Brace

One of Corflex's most original designs and one of the most effective hinged knee stabilizers in the market today, the Contender Hinged Knee Support offers the convenience of a wrap above the knee and a sleeve below the knee. It is recommended for non-contact sports and activities of daily living. The polycentric hinge with contoured condyle shell has aluminum uprights and offers full flexion and extension control with settings at 0 degrees, 15 degrees, 30 degrees, 60 degrees, and 90 degrees. The Contender knee hinged brace is manufactured in either premium-grade latex-free neoprene with sued hinge cover or in CoolTex, a neoprene alternative material.

This hinged brace is ideal for medial or lateral instability, muscle or ligament weakness or injury, ACL or PCL moderate instability, strains or sprains, and degenerative joint disease where extension/flexion control is required.

The Ossur Unloader Spirit Osteoarthritic Knee Brace: An Ideal Hinged Brace for Arthritis

We at BraceAbility have one of the best hinged knee braces for arthritis in the market today, the Ossur Unloader Spirit Osteoarthritic Knee Brace. It is an adjustable, lightweight, and low-profile hinged knee support for mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis. The Unloader Spirit is ideal for patients with proportionate limb shape looking to enjoy their normal daily activities. This is a sleeveless, single-upright, off-the-shelf adjustable hinged knee brace for the relief of osteoarthritis knee pain.

The Unloader Spirit is one of the few hinged knee orthoses that features a single upright on the affected side that combines with the Dynamic Force Strap to create a 3-Point Leverage System. Patients will also enjoy enhanced comfort with this brace's adjustable, light, and low-profile design. This knee hinged brace for osteoarthritis is also comfortable enough and easy to wear for extended periods of time. An Adjustable Tibial Strap also helps capture the tibia and allows adjustments in hinge depth for a more customized fit.

The Ossur Unloader Spirit Osteoarthritis Knee Brace is a hinged brace that can not only help treat mild to severe unicompartmental osteoarthritis but is also ideal for other unicompartmental knee conditions requiring load reduction, such as articular cartilage defect repair, meniscal cartilage repair, avascular necrosis, or tibia plateau fracture.

Choose from our selection of high-quality and competitively priced hinged knee support braces depending on your needs. Not sure what hinged knee support you require? To speak with a Braceability product expert, please call us at (866) 712.7808. Also try our knee bands for knee pain which is not severe enough to require a knee brace.

 

 
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