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Offloading knee braces in the press: How do they work? And can they help you?3rd October 2017
Today (3rd October 2017) the Daily Express published an article in which Sharron Davies has spoken out about her knee pain and how an offloading brace has helped. “Sharron believes the brace has transformed her life and is keen for people to be more aware of their options if they are told they need a knee replacement.” With this sentiment in mind, and the fact that offloading knee braces have been the topic of discussion in a number of publications in recent weeks, OA Knee Pain has looked into the Unloader One® by Össur. This popular knee brace is worn by Sharron Davies and a number of other well known figures to help ease and manage knee pain.
According to the Össur website, the ‘Unloader One® is a comfortable, lightweight and low-profile brace that provides excellent suspension and unloading leverage. Utilising Össur’s clinically proven 3-Points of Leverage, the dual Dynamic Force Straps are easily fine-tuned using the SmartDosing® system.’ This means that this is the only offloading knee brace using this technology and the SmartDosing® system allows even users with poor dexterity to be in control of the brace.
The Unloader One® uses 3 points of leverage to ease the pain of unicompartmental osteoarthritis by shifting the load from one side of the knee joint to the other. This unloading allows the user to continue with normal activities and remain active.
The positive effects of this brace have been clinically proven following an eight year study. As published in the BMJ, an ‘unloading knee brace is a cost-effective method to bridge and delay surgery in unicompartmental knee arthritis.’
The NICE guidelines also favour non-invasive treatments
before invasive like surgery or medication.
As mentioned in the Daily Express article ‘osteoarthritis is affecting more people every year due to increasing age and rising obesity rates.’ And as a result ‘around 15,000 knee operations are conducted in the UK every 12 months, with approximately 80,000 total knee replacements. This is believed to cost the NHS more than £400 million a year.’ By using braces this cost can be reduced as can the need for invasive treatment for patients suffering with OA.
 Lee PY, Winfield TG, Harris SR, Storey E, Chandratreya A, Unloading knee brace is a
cost-effective method to bridge and delay surgery in unicompartmental knee arthritis BMJ
Open Sport & Exercise Medicine 2017;2:e000195. doi: 10.1136/bmjsem-2016-000195