Osteoarthritis Can’t Win
Don’t let osteoarthritis decide what you can and can’t do; our bionic knee brace can help you get back to living your life on your terms.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, affecting millions of people worldwide. It starts when your body’s repair processes can’t repair your joints as quickly as you stress them. As your body struggles to heal itself, your joints become inflamed and the repairs slow, then stop.
If your legs don’t get the exercise they need to stay strong, they will gradually lose their muscular strength. Your joints will then have to bear the weight, breaking them down faster and making them even more painful to move.
Knee Osteoarthritis – A Tri-Compartment Problem
The knee has three compartments, the medial and lateral tibiofemoral compartments, and the patellofemoral compartment. Each compartment contains a contact zone between two bones where osteoarthritis usually develops.
For most people with knee osteoarthritis, pain and disability arise from damage to the patellofemoral compartment. As a result, pain often gets worse when the knees are bent. The problem with most conventional osteoarthritis braces is that they do not address pain originating in the patellofemoral compartment.
Conventional unloader braces only provide relief for uni-compartment tibiofemoral arthritis, less than 4% of knee osteoarthritis cases. They redirect force from the most affected tibiofemoral compartment to the healthier one. This is useful for realigning the knee, but provides limited relief across the whole knee.