Osteoarthritis and the Unloader One®
Osteoarthritis of the knee is a degenerative condition which results in the gradual breakdown of cartilage in the knee joint and remains one of the more common sources of knee pain.
The person feels pain as a result of this loss in cartilage, which causes bone on bone contact which can affect them when both moving and resting.
There are both surgical and non-surgical options available to those suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee.
Surgery is ultimately deemed to be a last resort for many patients opting for non-surgical solutions in the first instance.
Surgery can cover anything from Arthroscopy, High Tibial Osteotomy to partial or total knee replacement, with the latter offering a life span of up to 15 years.
Whilst this may be considered as a solution the more major surgixal option requires a great deal of postoperative rehabilitation of up to 6 months before being able to walk unaided.
The success of non-surgical treatments can be affected by the extent of the damage and lifestyle factors but can vary from person to person and from knee to knee.
One of the more common non-invasive options available is that of the Unloader One, a clinically proven knee brace designed to manage the symptoms associated with the condition of unicompartmental osteoarthritis.
The Unloader One knee brace has been designed decrease the amount of pain felt by the sufferer. This is achieved by reducing the pressure on the affected side of the knee and reducing the bone on bone contact which is the source of the pain.
In doing this, the wearer can have potentially increased mobility which can also reduce their reliance on any pain medication they may be taking.
By reducing the amount of pain felt, mobility can also be potentially increased, which in turn can help to manage the condition.
Gentle and moderate exercise can work in conjunction with the Unloader One knee brace to help manage the symptoms of osteoarthritis. It also serves a tool for delaying surgery with its non-invasive approach that allows wearers to continue with their life’s.
The Unloader One is a clinically prescribed knee brace, therefore must be prescribed by a qualified clinician. For more information or to arrange a consultation please contact us.