The Unloader One is a knee brace specifically designed to manage the symptoms of osteoarthritis. The condition is a degenerative condition affecting the cartilage within the knee joint. It is the gradual breakdown of cartilage within the knee joint which causes the pain felt by sufferers and ultimately limits their movement.
What is osteoarthritis of the knee?
In the removal of the cartilage, all movement can be painful, from walking round the house to cycling or running. The condition can be very debilitating, though sufferers can still look at swimming, which can allow a person to exercise without putting strain on the joint itself.
Osteoarthritis of the knee hinders mobility as a result of the pain incurred, with sufferers reporting discomfort during movement and even during resting, as well as inflammation in the joint. The Unloader One knee joint works to manage osteoarthritis in the knee by reducing pain and allowing increased mobility levels.
How does it work?
The Unloader One works by offloading the pressure from the affected side of the knee, thereby reducing the bone on bone contact and the pain felt as a result of this. It is worth noting however that braces such as the Unloader One can only be used where only one side of the joint is affected by the degradation of cartilage or unilateral osteoarthritis.
In circumstances where both sides of the knee are affected the Unloader One will not work as you have nothing to offload the pressure onto, with both sides experiencing bone on bone contact. Where both sides of the joint have succumbed to osteoarthritis of the knee then surgery could be a more likely option to remedy the problem, though surgery should never be taken lightly as it is a serious operation.
By working to offload the pressure of osteoarthritis of the knee onto an unaffected side it can also help to reduce the degenerative nature of the condition, even delaying the need for surgery. If you are on a waiting for surgery, which can be lengthy, then the Unloader One can be used during this period to aid mobility and improve their experience in the build-up to surgery. Increased mobility can also improve their health, which is perfect prior to surgery as it can enhance rehabilitation.
The importance of increasing mobility
It is important to increase the mobility of those suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee, whether to allow them to move freely around their home or travel to the shops or even performing light exercise such as cycling or running. Endorphins released by the body during exercise act as natural painkillers which can help manage the symptoms in conjunction with the Unloader One, improving their quality of life.
In conclusion, osteoarthritis of the knee will continue to get worse without treatment and can ultimately lead to surgery. The use of a knee brace such as the Unloader One can not only delay the need for surgery but allow a patient to regain their independence and mobility by helping to manage their symptoms.
How to get one
Due to the clinical nature of the product it is only available through professional fitting, where a clinician will assess you prior to fitting the brace to ensure that it is the right option for you. It also an opportunity to train you on how to fit the brace perfectly every time and how to look after it so that it continues to perform.