Unloader Knee Braces - Consider Your Options

Discuss Unloader Knee Braces With Your Doctor Before Choosing

Knee braces are one way to provide stability, support, and pain relief for patients with knee osteoarthritis. There is more than one kind of knee brace. Unloader knee braces are among the most effective -- for the appropriate patient. Unloader knee braces do exactly what their name suggests. They unload stress from the affected joint. They are generally more appropriate if you have osteoarthritis in only one knee compartment. They are not the answer for every person with knee osteoarthritis, and they are a significant expense that may not be covered by insurance.

There are several designs and manufacturers of unloader knee braces. If an unloader knee brace is something you think could help relieve your osteoarthritis pain, discuss it with your doctor before buying one. Many designs are available off-the-shelf, but your doctor may determine you are better served by getting a custom knee brace.

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Ossur Unloader One OTS Osteoarthritis Knee Brace

Ossur Unloader One OTS Osteoarthritis Knee Brace
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This knee brace is lightweight, comfortable and easy to get on and off. This unloader brace offers pain relief for osteoarthritis patients and is now available as an off-the-shelf brace. You can wear it under your everyday clothing. It has color-coded buckles that make it easier to put on correctly, and they tout a more-intuitive design. It is considered a good option for people who are more active and want a brace they can wear on the job or when hiking and walking.

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Donjoy OA Lite Medial Unloader Knee Brace

Donjoy OA Lite Medial Unloader Knee Brace
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Offers support for patients with medial compartment knee osteoarthritis. This is a sleeve-style wrap brace. It is designed for those who have mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis. It's made of nylon and polyester Lycra fabric that is cool, lightweight and can be washed.

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Breg Fusion OA Arthritis Knee Brace

Breg Fusion OA Arthritis Knee Brace
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This is a functional brace that relieves the pain associated with unicompartmental osteoarthritis but also provides stability for the high-impact user. The OA version has a thumbwheel dial hinge that you can use to adjust the level of off-loading. It comes in different sizes. The AirTech frame pads allow cooling air flow away from the skin.

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Ossur Spirit Arthritis Knee Brace

Ossur Spirit Arthritis Knee Brace
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This unloader knee brace has the Adjustable Dynamic Joint system with a three-point force system. It is designed for mild to severe unicompartmental osteoarthritis. It has a lightweight low profile design. The joint adjustment allows your doctor to make changes to meet your needs in controlling the forces that act on your knee. They have extension stops if needed. It weighs about 18 ounces for the medium size.

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Bledsoe Aligner ESE OA Knee Brace

Bledsoe Aligner ESE OA Knee Brace
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The Bledsoe Aligner ESE unloader knee brace relieve pain for those with single compartment, moderate to severe knee osteoarthritis. It has a single hinge design - located on the same side as the problematic side of the knee. You can adjust the angulation up to 22 degrees using a dial. It comes in sizes from XS to XL.

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Breg Solus OA Arthritis Knee Brace

Breg Solus OA Arthritis Knee Brace
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This knee brace provides relief for medial compartment osteoarthritis pain. It shouldn't be considered if you have knee instability or if you have lateral compartment osteoarthritis. The Breg Solus brace delivers effective load dispersion while being as comfortable as possible. The brace has Breg's thumbwheel dial hinge to adjust the level of off-loading. It is designed especially to be of use to patients with disproportionate leg shape. The single upright hinge and low profile make it easier to wear during typical daily activities.

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