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Medial Unloader


Knee pain is treated with many different braces, depending on the source of knee pain.  Osteoarthritis of the knee is a common diagnosis, and can occur in several variations.  One common type is called “unicompartmental osteoarthritis”.  This means that the osteoarthritis primarily effects one side of the knee (usually the side closer to the other leg).  If you have this type of knee osteoarthritis, then a medial unloader knee brace may be right for you.

A medial unloader knee brace supports the weight the would pass through the injured compartment.  It also redirects some of the remaining forces through the other compartment of the knee.  This reduces the stress on the osteoarthritis.  The medial unloader brace can help without restricting motion at the knee.  In fact a recent study by the Steadman Philippon Research Institute found that a medial unloader brace can improve function and reduce the need for pain and anti-inflammatory medications.

If you have persistent pain on one side of your knee, then the medial unloader brace may be right for you.  Braces make great solutions because they are mechanical, and not physiological solutions.  This means that the side effects are minimal, and adjustments can be made as necessary without the risk of systemic problems.

Geriatric Arthritis Brace

Geriatric patients with knee arthritis often times are not able to have their knees replaced.  And many unloader knee braces are too cumbersome or difficult for older patients to put on and take off.  Townsend Design, a company that manufactures knee braces,  has constructed an arthritis knee brace specifically for geriatric patients.

This brace is designed to provide a gentle amount of unloading.  The top portion of the brace opens wide so it is easy to put on and take off.  There are only two straps that are simple to close and can be applied in any order.

This knee brace can provide enough comfort, pain relief, and support so geriatric patients can be more mobile during their activities of daily living.

What’s the difference between a medial unloader knee brace and a lateral unloader knee brace?  The difference between the two knee braces is what side of the knee joint the brace is trying to help.

An unloader knee brace is intended to treat one side of an arthritic knee joint, either the medial or the lateral. Medial refers to the inside of your knee, lateral refers to the outside.  So a medial unloader will decrease pain on the inside of your knee while a lateral unloader treats pain on the outside of your knee.

The hinge and shells of these knee braces absorb the majority of your body weight as you walk and step.  However there is some transference of body weight to the opposite compartment of the knee joint.  So if you are wearing a medial unloader, you are shifting more of your body weight to the outside compartment thus unloading the inside compartment of your knee.  That is why it is very important that you get the correct knee brace for your arthritic condition.  If you unload the wrong side you will end up putting more pressure on the side that hurts – that means more pain, not less.

How do you make sure you are getting the right unloader knee brace?  Let the people trained in biomechanics and anatomy do their jobs.  Go see a doctor and get a specific diagnosis.  Have the doctor write a prescription.  Then take the prescription to a certified orthotist.

Medial Unloader

An unloader knee brace works best when treating an arthritic knee where one side of the knee is affected more severely than the other.  Knee braces that provide medial support help relieve pain on the inside of your knee.

In most cases of unicompartmental osteoarthritis, the medial compartment or the inside of the knee is affected.  This is due largely to the way the knee functions, the angle of the hips,  and how body weight is distributed across the joint.

Knee Braces Medial Support

Click on the above link to see a wide selection of unloader knee braces.  These knee braces offer a bio-mechanical solution to a bio-mechanical problem.  Unloader knee braces are proven to relieve pain and increase function in patients with medial compartment osteoarthritis.

Knee Brace For Exercise

Knee Brace For Exercise

An Unloader Knee Brace or a bio-mechanical knee brace is designed to provide pain relief from unicompartmental osteoarthritis so you can return to activity.  These braces absolutely work.  They are a bio-mechanical solution to a bio-mechanical problem.

These knee braces are covered by most health insurance policies and require a prescription.  In many cases patients experience immediate pain relief.  No drugs.  No surgery.  Put the knee brace on and start walking.  Think about this…

An Unloader knee braces can relieve your pain.  That will allow you to start exercising.  Start exercising and begin to lose weight.  The more weight you lose the less stress on your knees.  The less stress, the less pain.  All of this without going to the pharmacy every week, and without surgery.

If pain is preventing you from exercising, an unloader knee brace can get you moving again.

Unloader Knee Brace

Unloader Knee Brace

Instant pain relief.  Ask any certified orthotist and they will say the same thing.  The majority of patients who try on an unloader knee brace will experience an immediate reduction in pain.  The three point pressure system acts like a fulcrum.  It is a biomechanical solution to a biomechanical problem.

These are prescription orthopedic devices that need to be measured for and fit by a certified orthotist.  Sometimes these braces are fit by sales representatives, sometimes they are fit by athletic trainers, physical therapists, and even cast technicians.  DO NOT LET AN UNCERTIFIED PERSON FIT THESE DEVICES ON YOUR LEG.  Just because a person is a health care provider does not mean they are certified to fit unloader knee braces.  These knee braces do a lot of work, if applied incorrectly an unloader knee brace can do more harm than good.

These knee braces work.  They work best when prescribed by a physician, and measured and fit for by a certified practitioner.



Below is text from a patient who recently received a bio-mechanical knee brace for OA, and felt so strongly about the results he wrote a letter to the manufacturer, Townsend Design.

“Dear Mark,

I have attached two PDF documents showing the before and after x-rys of my left knee.  It illustrates the significant change and improved position of my knee, with separation and relief from the bone to bone condition I have.

I wanted to take a moment to let you know what a huge change the new brace has had on the quality of life for me and the exceptional care you provided.  The casting and custom built Townsend Unloader Knee Brace along with building the shim pads for my shoes to correct my bow legged condition have decreased swelling, eliminated the pain I was having 24/7 and most importantly is allowing me to do the things I would never have been able to do before.

My son and I attended te SF Giants game and we have standing room only tickts in right field.  I was able to stand for over 3 hours straight, with no support and never leaving my location completely pain free.  This included both my knee and lower bcak, which I normally start having pain after 15 minutes.  The constant swelling of the knee is gone.

Your attention to detail and the process and advice you provided have resulted in a significant improvemet in quality of life for me and I see myself doing many more activities and extending the life of my knee for years to come.

With warm regards and a big thank you!

Bob V.”

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If you have someone in your life who suffers from osteoarthritis in the knees then you know how painful their day to day lives can become. From the simple act of getting out of bed to walking across a room, the simplest tasks take on a new challenge. Arthritis pain can be oppressive, and can cause us to become sedentary or withdrawn. You can help your loved ones escape the cycle of arthritis pain with a supportive knee brace designed to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with knee arthritis. Give a gift that says you really care this holiday season and they’ll thank you for it.

For those suffering with arthritis in the knees you know what a painful and difficult process it can be to simply take a few steps. With that kind of frustration it’s easy to become discouraged and beat yourself up for taking walking for granted. But it’s not all bad news anymore. Recent advances in medical science, engineering and technology have finally made products to improve our lives more affordable than ever. And that holds true for arthritis sufferers as well.

With arthritis knee braces you can provide exactly the amount of corrective force you need to make walking and moving about easier and more enjoyable. You don’t have to dread doing chores or heading out for the day when you can do it with less pain and more relief. The advanced, lightweight and breathable fabrics also make using one of these modern marvels a lot more comfortable than most people would think. So stop suffering through knee pain and start enjoying your life the way it was meant to be enjoyed!

Unloader Knee Brace

Unloader Knee Brace

At the 2010 Annual American Orthotic and Prosthetic National Assembly, the subject of bracing the arthritic knee received some much needed attention.  The audience of certified brace fitters, orthotists, and bracing professionals was presented with a question.

“Where are all of your prescriptions for OA Knee braces?”

The presentation examined the Academy of Orthopedic Surgeon’s (AAOS) Treatment Guideline for knee osteoarthritis and the AAOS Position Statement on Knee Bracing.  A contradiction in the two publications was discussed.

The point of the presentation was that knee bracing is losing market share to medications.  Even though knee bracing is effective and safe (nobody has ever died from a knee brace), doctors opt to keep prescribing medications to treat osteoarthritis.

Tom McGovern has been working with osteoarthritis knee braces for over 15 years.  He was reached for comment after his presentation:

Unloader Knee Braces work, and in many cases offer instant pain relief.”  McGovern said.  “Patients looking to postpone surgery or who are experiencing negative side effects from medications should consider knee bracing.”