Treating osteoarthritis with functional bracing
Human joints come in many shapes and sizes and allow us to carry out daily living. Without joints, we would be rigid and immobile. But they are often injured, causing pain and discomfort.
medi® has designed a strategy filled with products that vary based on patient ability and condition, all of which are intended to be a solution to OA in the knee. The goals of these soft supports and braces are to increase your mobility, provide support, and reduce your pain level. They are designed to redistribute your weight, provide compression and offer support.
Comprehensive solutions for all stages of the disease
medi® offers support for everyday patient care from the very first diagnosis through the entire continuum of care while promoting patient self-management. This concept includes highly effective products that promote better compliance through user comfort – for significant pain relief and better quality of life. OA knee braces are used in conservative as well as in pre- and postoperative therapy.
Effective relief of the knee joint
By correcting the lateral or medial joint space and reducing weight-bearing on the affected side of the joint, pain is relieved over time.
Clinical studies show knee braces decrease pain, joint stiffness and drug dosage while increasing physical function. Our unloading braces are no exception, and provide relief from the symptoms of osteoarthritis. This is important for those who are unable to take anti-inflammatory pills due to side effects. In fact, wearing the medi M.4s OA knee brace led to almost a 50% reduction in pain in patients compared to pain levels prior to the use of functional bracing therapy.
How the 3-point relief principle works
In the case of knee osteoarthritis, wear causes cartilage damage in the knee joint. This is often caused by misalignment of the leg. This is where medi’s OA Solutions come in, because they work according to the 3-point relief principle. Thanks to the patented, dynamic belt-tensioning, the knee receives maximal relief only when the load is highest – in a stretched-out position during walking or while standing.
Putting on the braces is very easy thanks to the split wrap construction on the thigh and the slip-on design. This is particularly beneficial for older patients. Thanks to the intelligent design, both braces are easy to use. The compressive medi Airtex+ material used in the medi orthoses improves proprioception and increases wearing comfort: It is breathable and wicks away moisture very well.
The braces are adjusted to the individual’s leg shape at specialist medical shops or by the doctor.