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Knee braces

Morad Chughtai, Anil Bhave, Sabahat Z Khan, Anton Khlopas, Osman Ali, Steven F Harwin, Michael A Mont
The use of a pneumatic unloader brace has been shown in pilot studies to decrease pain and increase muscle strength in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA). Therefore, we analyzed patients who had knee OA, and either received a pneumatic unloader brace and conventional treatment or conventional treatment alone. Specifically, we assessed: (1) use of pain relieving injections; (2) opioid consumption; and (3) the eventual need for total knee arthroplasty (TKA) in the above-mentioned cohort. We performed an analysis of a longitudinally maintained database of patients from a prospective, randomized, single center study...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Knee Surgery
Terry K Morgan, Emilie Jensen, Jeong Lim, Russell Riggs
BACKGROUND: Intra-articular hyaluronic acid (HA) injection is an intermediate option between analgesics and knee joint replacement in patients with osteoarthritis (OA). Our objective was to test whether image-guided HA injections may improve knee OA outcomes after 6 months of treatment independent of potential covariates. METHODS: This is a retrospective case series with multivariate outcome-based analysis of 207 consecutive adult patients with mild to severe knee OA treated at a single out-patient clinic employing fluoroscopy-guided HA injections...
December 2015: Sports Medicine—Open
John A Heflin, Scott Ford, Peter Stevens
Blount's disease is commonly attributed to an intrinsic, idiopathic defect in the posteromedial proximal tibial physis resulting in progressive bowing of the leg, intoeing, and lateral knee thrust. Treatment has historically included bracing, physeal stapling, or corrective osteotomy, and was determined primarily by age at presentation. As we feel the pathology is not necessarily age dependent, we have elected to use the technique of guided growth using a lateral tension band plate to correct limb alignment as a first-line treatment in all patients presenting to our clinic as long as they had growth remaining and no evidence of a physeal bar...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Eric C McCarty, Matthew J Kraeutler, Paula Langner, Shane Cook, Byron Ellis, Jenna M Godfrey
We conducted a study to identify and contrast patterns in the treatment of common injuries that occur in National Football League (NFL) players and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I football players. Orthopedic team physicians for all 32 NFL and 119 NCAA Division I football teams were asked to complete a survey regarding demographics and preferred treatment of a variety of injuries encountered in football players. Responses were received from 31 (97%) of the 32 NFL and 111 (93%) of the 119 NCAA team physicians...
September 2016: American Journal of Orthopedics
Jonathan K Sinclair, Hayley Vincent, Jim D Richards
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of a prophylactic knee brace on knee joint kinetics and kinematics during netball specific movements. DESIGN: Repeated measures. SETTING: Laboratory. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty university first team level female netball players. OUTCOME MEASUREMENTS: Participants performed three movements, run, cut and vertical jump under two conditions (brace and no-brace). 3-D knee joint kinetics and kinematics were measured using an eight-camera motion analysis system...
August 11, 2016: Physical Therapy in Sport
Patrice Rougier, Etienne Cusin
OBJECTIVE: Using unloader knee braces with 3-point pressure in knee osteoarthritis patients is debated. The main reason is discomfort resulting in poor compliance. Studying the external knee adduction moment (EKAM) curve, gold standard in the medial knee load estimation, should be helpful to reduce this discomfort. Reducing constraint solely during the stance phase of gait (combined with an inactivation during large knee flexion) should indeed considerably improve comfort. Thus, the objective of this study was to validate both a method for measuring dynamic activity of new unloader knee braces and to highlight the biomechanical effectiveness of these orthoses...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Johann Beaudreuil, Jean Marie Coudreuse, Christelle N Guyen, Philippe Deat, Aurore Chabaud, Bruno Pereira, Alain Lorenzo, Frédéric Sailhan, François Rannou, Emmanuel Coudeyre
OBJECTIVE: To develop an algorithm to help orthosis prescription for knee osteoarthritis patients. MATERIAL/PATIENTS AND METHODS: Systematic review of the literature using a qualitative analysis on Pubmed databases, Cochrane Library and Pedro from 1966 to 2015, using the keywords "knee osteoarthritis", "orthosis" with recommendations and highest quality trials. Development of a preliminary version of the algorithm using data from the literature and taking into account experience of different health professionals involved in the management of osteoarthritis patients...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Ram Haddas, Steven F Sawyer, Phillip S Sizer, Toby Brooks, Ming-Chien Chyu, C Roger James
INTRODUCTION: Recurrent LBP (rLBP) and neuromuscular fatigue are independently thought to increase the risk of lower extremity (LE) injury. Volitional preemptive abdominal contraction (VPAC) is thought to improve lumbar spine and pelvis control in individuals with rLBP. The effects of VPAC on fatigued landing performance in individuals with rLBP are unknown. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of VPAC and LE fatigue on landing performance in a rLBP population. DESIGN: Cross-sectional pretest-posttest cohort control design...
August 24, 2016: Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
Katie A Ewing, Justin W Fernandez, Rezaul K Begg, Mary P Galea, Peter V S Lee
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury can be a painful, debilitating and costly consequence of participating in sporting activities. Prophylactic knee bracing aims to reduce the number and severity of ACL injury, which commonly occurs during landing maneuvers and is more prevalent in female athletes, but a consensus on the effectiveness of prophylactic knee braces has not been established. The lower-limb muscles are believed to play an important role in stabilizing the knee joint. The purpose of this study was to investigate the changes in lower-limb muscle function with prophylactic knee bracing in male and female athletes during landing...
August 27, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
Evan McConnell, Robin Queen
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May 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Roger V Ostrander, Charles E Leddon, Joshua G Hackel, Christopher P O'Grady, Charles A Roth
Braces designed to unload the more diseased compartment of the knee have been used to provide symptomatic relief from osteoarthritis (OA). Research on the efficacy of these braces is needed. Thirty-one patients with knee OA were randomized to receive an unloader brace (n = 16) or not to receive a brace (control group, n = 15). Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcomes Score (KOOS) and visual analog scale (VAS) scores were used to evaluate outcomes. KOOS results showed that the brace group had significantly less pain (P < ...
July 2016: American Journal of Orthopedics
Majed Alrowaili
A 19-year-old male subject was diagnosed with medial meniscal, lateral meniscal and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. The symptoms did not subside after 4 months of physical therapy, and he underwent arthroscopic partial medial and lateral meniscectomy and ACL reconstruction. Immediately after the patient woke up from general anesthesia, he started experience loss of sensation in the area of superficial peroneal nerve with inverted dorsiflexion of foot and ankle. Instantly, the bandage and knee brace was removed and a diagnosis of compartment syndrome was ruled out...
April 26, 2016: Clinics and Practice
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In brief: Knee braces are used widely by linemen in professional and college football, and many coaches and team physicians believe the braces have reduced the number and severity of knee injuries. But questions remain about the strength of the braces, whether they prestress the knee in some cases, and, above all, whether they actually reduce injuries. This panel of team physicians says that most evidence of reduced injuries is anecdotal and that some limited evidence suggests that the braces actually increase injuries...
April 1986: Physician and Sportsmedicine
L E Paulos, J P Drawbert, P France, T D Rosenberg
In brief: Lateral knee braces are being used in increasing numbers by football teams attempting to decrease the number of valgum knee injuries. There has been little proof to date that these braces are effective. In this paper we review the results of three recently presented clinical studies as well as an in-depth biomechanical study, all of which raise serious doubts about the efficacy of preventive knee braces that are currently available.
June 1986: Physician and Sportsmedicine
Gulcan Harput, Burak Ulusoy, Hamza Ozer, Gul Baltaci, Jim Richards
BACKGROUND: The objectives of this study were to investigate the effects of knee brace (KB) and kinesiotaping (KT) on functional performance and self-reported function in individuals six months post-ACLR who desired to return to their pre-injury activity levels but felt unable to do so due to kinesiophobia. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study involving 30 individuals six months post-ACLR with Tampa Kinesiophobia Scores >37. Individuals were tested under three conditions: no intervention, KB and KT in a randomized order...
October 2016: Knee
R A Swain, F D Wilson
In brief A recent case of posterolateral rotatory knee instability in a recreational athlete provides an opportunity to review diagnosis and treatment of this often unrecognized condition. Two simple clinical tests, the external rotational recurvatum test and the posterolateral drawer test, can identify this injury to the arcuate ligament complex. Treatment consists of bracing and physical therapy and, in some cases, surgery.
April 1993: Physician and Sportsmedicine
G Anderson, S C Zeman, R T Rosenfeld
This double-hinged, single-sided knee brace allows full flexion and extension while it prevents any damaging valgus stress from being applied to the joint.
June 1979: Physician and Sportsmedicine
Dustin Woyski, Jason Emerson
Fractures of the tibial shaft in patients with ipsilateral total knee arthroplasty are rare but difficult to treat. Non operative treatment of these fractures with casting or bracing limits weight bearing for an extended time period and can result in unacceptable malalignment. Operative fixation with plate and screws also limits early weight bearing and requires healing of soft tissue that is of poor quality. We present a method of internal fixation which utilizes a standard intramedullary tibial nail and suprapatellar instrumentation...
July 19, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
A Ateschrang, S Döbele, T Freude, U Stöckle, S Schröter, T M Kraus
BACKGROUND: There is an on-going discussion whether to operatively treat combined grade II and III lesions of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the acute phase rather than conservative treatment of the MCL lesion with a delayed unitary ACL replacement. Another issue is the question how to technically address these MCL lesions. The aim of this study was, therefore, to analyze the results of simultaneous ACL replacement (hamstrings) in a single-bundle technique with a simultaneous MCL ligament bracing procedure...
September 2016: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
Steven Phillips, Chuan Silvia Li, Mark Phillips, Markus Bischoff, Pervez Ali, Jas Chahal, Matthew Snider, Mohit Bhandari
Knee osteoarthritis is a leading cause of disability around the world. Knee bracing provides a conservative management option for symptom relief. A variety of different bracing types, manufacturers and products are currently available on the market. The goal of this study is to examine the current state of the literature regarding the treatment of knee osteoarthritis with unloader bracing, specifically examining the representation of specific brace types, manufacturers and models within the literature. A scoping review technique was used because of its ability to evaluate research activity within an area of study and identify gaps within the literature...
June 27, 2016: Orthopedic Reviews
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