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Types of Braces
Unloader Knee Brace
Unloader knee braces are used to relieve pressure for people with osteoarthritis. For people with osteoarthritis, the cartilage becomes damaged, more on one side than the other. Unloading orthotics will shift the weight or “unload” the pressure from the damaged side to the less damaged side. This is best accomplished using a custom-fit knee brace to limit movement on the sides of the knee.
Rehabilitation braces are used post-surgery or injury to help the recovery process. They accomplish this by restricting harmful movements and also alleviating pain to the knee. You can also use them following major surgery, for example, a meniscus surgery.
Prophylactic Knee Brace
Prophylactic knee braces reduce serious injuries and also try to prevent the ligaments in the knee from being damaged. They are useful to athletes or anyone that may be at risk for MCL (medial collateral ligament) injuries.
Functional Knee Brace
Functional knee braces are a type of rehabilitative brace that is mainly used for ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries. Also, they are used after surgery done to the ACL. They can also help with minor PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) and MCL instability.
Knee Brace Styles
There are many different styles of knee braces used for various functions. These include:
May have a single or double hinge. They are used for stabilizing and also preventing hypertension
Not very bulky and helpful for redistributing weight for chronic knee pain and arthritis. They also help manage knee pain and are useful for daily general use. These braces are generally slid on.
Wraps around your knee for easy wearing. Useful for mild to moderate knee pain, and knee instability. Has less bulk so you can wear it while doing activities under clothes.
Used to put pressure on certain parts of your knee to alleviate pain and help with some stability. Helpful for running, sports and other activities.
Open or Closed Popliteal
The popliteal is on the back of your knee and you can get a brace where that is either closed or open. Closed adds a small about of stability and also helps with keeping your leg warm. An open popliteal helps keep the knee cool.
Open or Closed Patella
The patella is the front of the knee and an open patella applies less pressure to that area of the knee. A closed patella has increased pressure on the knee to help with support. Our orthotics experts will help you choose which one is the right for your knees.
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WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR FIRST VISIT
Your First Visit
Please plan to come 10-15 minutes before your appointment time to complete necessary forms. Want to save time? Print and then complete the form below.
Meeting your Specialist
Your first appointment will include an initial assessment and also a chance to meet your specialist and ask questions.
If you have a prescription from your doctor, be sure to bring it with you.
Be prepared to discuss your medical history and also talk about your goals and expectations. We will also complete a physical assessment and try out a variety of orthotics to see what best meets your needs.
Please dress comfortably and bring shorts. We may need to measure, cast or use 3D-scanning to customize your fit and maximize comfort.
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