Offloader Knee Brace for Osteoarthritis Treatment
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a condition that affects millions of people each year. Unloader braces can help by taking pressure off the affected knee joint. They are typically prescribed for those dealing with osteoarthritis in the medial compartment of the knee.
This brace is a cheaper alternative to Ossur’s unloader knee brace. This off-the-shelf (OTS) knee brace also comes at a less expensive price than some custom orthotics.
This OA brace has a laterally applied frame and hinge that can correct either medial or lateral compartment. The placement of these components also means the product for osteoarthritis pain relief will not come in contact with the opposite leg when one is walking. This also makes it compatible for bilateral knee brace users. In addition, the lateral application of the brace for knee osteoarthritis keeps pressure away from the tibial crest.
The brace for osteoarthritis of the knees is constructed of lightweight aluminum uprights with glass-reinforced nylon cuffs. Faux-suede padded liners with a silicone grip serve double duty by making the brace for osteoarthritis comfortable and keeping it suspended. The straps also feature silicone grip material for this purpose.
This knee brace for OA comes in a universal size that can be adjusted to fit a wide variety legs. The universal sizing allows for easy fitting and a reduction in inventory, which translates to savings for the customer. The medial OA brace has quick-release buckles for quick and easy application and removal of the support.
Those seeking insurance reimbursement can do so using the suggested billing code: L-1843 knee orthosis single upright.
OA Knee Brace Treatment for Osteoarthritis
This OTS knee brace can treat anywhere from mild to severe unicompartmental osteoarthritis. The aluminum uprights limit side-to-side movement and unloader braces function by pressuring targeted points of the thigh, making the knee bend away from the problematic area. This brace is unique in that the angle can be adjusted for the best pain relief.
This essentially unloads stress from problematic compartment of the knee. This medial and lateral offloading / unloading knee brace can help with either lateral or medial compartmental OA. One can also buy one for each leg and use them at the same time thanks to the lateral application design of this OA orthotic.
But it is important to note that wearing a lateral or medial unloader knee brace for osteoarthritis alone is not sufficient for treating this condition. It is important to follow a medical professional’s instructions when it comes to slowing the progression of this disease and improving the function of the knee.
In some cases, the damage is severe enough that a knee replacement or other surgical procedures are necessary. Wearing an unloader knee brace can help leading up to the procedure and it can buy one some additional time before surgery is necessary. Check out BraceAbility’s other post-operative knee braces.
Why Choose This OA Brace?
There are a number of reasons this brace for knee osteoarthritis is a good choice. Following are some highlights:
- Unique angle adjustment for optimal pain relief
- Lateral frame construction; aluminum uprights
- Easy to apply and remove thanks to quick-release buckles
- Compression-molded, faux-suede padded liners
- Straps and liners have silicone grip material to keep brace suspended
- Nylon cuffs are reinforced with glass
- Limits side to side movement
- Corrects medial or lateral compartment osteoarthritis by unloading the knee
- Treats mild to severe unicompartmental osteoarthritis
- Will not rub against contralateral limb while walking
- Won’t pressure the tibial crest
- Compatible with bilateral brace users and those with limited space between the thighs
Universal sizing for easy fitting—fits thigh circumferences up to 30” (measured 6 inches above the patella)
|Size||Thigh Circumference||Your Height|
|Universal Sizing - One size fits most||Fits between 16" and 30" circumference||Universal Sizing - One size fits most|
|Right / Left -Standard||Fits between 16" and 30" circumference||Under 6 Feet|
|Right / Left - Tall||Fits between 16" and 30" circumference||6 Feet and up|
|Each brace is universal adjustable and fits thigh circumferences of 16" - 30". Choose Standard or Tall based on your height.|