Effectiveness of osteoarthritis (OA) treatments vary from person to person, and treatment plans for OA of the knee usually involve a combination of approaches designed specifically to suit each individual.
Preventing further damage
For patients with very progressed knee OA, surgery may remain the only option, but early diagnosis and treatment can often help prevent or slow down further damage to the joints, and enable patients to remain more active and productive.
Improved Quality of Life
The Unloader® brand name has become synonymous with osteoarthritis bracing and its technology recognized as the industry standard. Its efficacy is demonstrated by more than 15 clinical studies.
Reduced pain and increased activity through use of the Unloader One OA knee brace adds up to a better quality of life.
With mobility restored, patients engage in various activities without the limitations of a constantly painful knee. Increased mobility also helps avoid weight gain that often exacerbates the symptoms of OA.
Note that severity of OA is not only a function of its radiographic appearance.
Clinically Proven Treatment
Recent clincial research by the Steadman Philippon Research Institute demonstrated decreased pain, improved function and a reduction in usage of pain medication for patients using the Unloader One brace.
Decreased Knee Pain
The support provided by the brace enables many users to take up activities they might have started to avoid because of the pain and stiffness caused by OA.
For some patients, the Unloader One can mean surgery is no longer a necessity, as their mobility is increased and pain is reduced. For others, the brace is used as an interim solution, postponing the need for surgery until they feel prepared for the procedure.
Reduced Usage of Pain Medication
As pain decreases, so does reliance on painkillers. While they certainly have their uses, painkillers can have negative side-effects when used over extended periods of time.
Improvement in Quality of Life with Use of an Unloader Knee Brace in Active Patients with OA: A Prospective Cohort Study, Briggs KK, Matheny LM, Steadman JR. J Knee Surg. 2012 Nov;25(5):417-21. doi: 10.1055/s-0032-1313748. Epub 2012 May 21.