Using orthoses, or knee braces, to manage knee pain from osteoarthritis is cost-effective and tolerated by many patients. This noninvasive treatment is generally recommended in the early and middle stages of osteoarthritis or when other treatments (such as surgery or medication) do not apply. This study objectively measures the direct biomechanical effect of knee braces on 16 individuals who have worn them long-term. The significant pain reduction that these individuals experienced seems to have been the result of the forces that the brace applied to the leg.
Volume 47 Number 5, 2010
Pages 419 — 430
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