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This article is part of a series of articles from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ Full Guideline for the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis.

Recommendation 9 – The AAOS is unable to recommend for or against the use of a knee brace with a valgus directing force for patients with uni-compartmental osteoarthritis of the knee.

The evidence for this treatment option is graded as inconclusive because the research team only looked at two studies.  The Kirkley study proved that knee braces for osteoarthritis reduce pain and increase function in arthritic knees.  The Brouwer study showed that patients do not tolerate knee braces well.

It is because the AAOS looked at one positive study for the use of knee braces and one negative study against the use of knee braces that they decided on a wishy-washy, can’t decide for or against attitude towards knee bracing.  Why didn’t they look at third study and break the tie?