The Orthomen Unloader pioneered osteoarthritis (OA) knee bracing. In the past years, the inventors of a single-hinged ligament knee brace noticed that an increasing number of patients in their orthopaedic clinic had pain on the medial (inner) side of their knee. After numerous discussions with Orthopaedic Surgeons, they looked more closely at adapting their ligament brace to unload the medial side of the knee. Using mechanical forces, their patients experienced relief.
Further consultation with the medical community and numerous scientific studies proved that this new, non-invasive treatment resulted in significant pain relief for those suffering with OA knee pain. Eventually, The Unloader was adapted to treat pain on the lateral (outer) side of the knee as well. Today, Orthomen’s Unloader technology is the industry standard, with more than 20 clinical studies demonstrating its efficacy.
Unloader knee bracing: a biomechanical solution for a biomechanical problem. Building on more than 20 years of experience, Orthomen has developed an OA knee bracing product line with a variety of both custom and off-the-shelf options, for all activity levels and body types. Orthomen continues to introduce new technologies that improve comfort and pain relief.
knee pain and the unloader treatment
Unloader braces unload the affected, painful side of the knee using a 3-Point Leverage System. The thigh and calf shells account for two points of leverage, while the Dynamic Force Strap (the diagonal strap above the knee) provides the third. This system “unloads” the pressure from the affected area, providing a reduction in pain. Regular use of the brace may even slow the degenerative process, as the area receives less load on a daily basis.
The biomechanical change in the knee is demonstrated by the x-rays below.
1. Do You Have Knee Pain? [1 of 9]
2. What Is Osteoarthritis? [2 of 9]
4. How did i get osteoarthritis of the knee? [4 of 9]
5. What are my options? [5 of 9]
6. Talk with your doctor [6 of 9]
7. Treatment options [7 of 9]
8. The importance of exercise [8 of 9]