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This post is a continuation of a series of articles from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) Full Guideline for the Treatment of Osteoarthritis.

Recommendation 10 – The AAOS is unable to recommend for or against the use of knee braces with varus directing forces for patients with lateral uni-compartmental osteoarthritis of the knee.

The reason knee braces for osteoarthritis received a “can’t recommend for or against” rating is because there aren’t any published studies on the subject.  The vast majority of patients with unicompartmental osteoarthritis are affected on the medial or inside compartments of their knees.  In rare cases, usually relating to trauma, osteoarthritis can affect the lateral or outside compartment of the knee.

So to date research teams have been unable to get enough people together with lateral compartment osteoarthritis to put together a study.