The Össur Knee Brace

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The Össur PRP Scheme

Össur works with a number of specialist clinics located throughout the UK in the fitting of Unloader One® and CTi® knee brace products. The Össur PRP (Private Referral Pathway) programme offers patients a direct link between the products we sell and the clinical professionals who fit them.

Össur work closely with their clinical partners to ensure products are fitted correctly and give you the support and protection you need in a knee brace, whether you are suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee or wish to protect your knee ligaments on the ski slope. When ordering a new Unloader One or CTi through Össur your details will be forwarded to one of our partner clinics in your area who will arrange a convenient appointment for the fitting of your new knee brace.

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Who are Össur?

Össur are a globally recognised business specialising in the use of non-invasive innovative orthopaedic solutions such as braces and supports. Using scientifically proven designs the business strives to continue delivering products at the forefront of innovation. With over 40 years of knowledge in the industry Össur continue to excel in the production of innovative orthotic and prosthetic solutions.

In the field of orthotics, Össur continues to excel with the design and development of clinically proven products including the Unloader One and CTi knee braces as well as being the UK distributor of Bioskin® products. Bioskin® are manufacturers of orthopaedic solutions and compression supports, offering premium bracing and performance apparel globally. They differ from their competition by offering a bespoke and breathable material which differs greatly from neoprene alternatives.

The Unloader One knee brace is designed to manage the symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee, a degenerative condition which causes the breakdown of cartilage in the knee joint. This gradual breakdown can lead to bone on bone contact which causes the sufferer pain and can hinder their mobility. An innovative solution, the Unloader One works to reduce the pressure on the affected side of the knee to minimise bone on bone contact which can delay surgery and increase a person’s mobility.

Össur also works with performance athletes undertaking extreme sports including skiing, snowboarding, and wakeboarding with a focus on protecting the knee joint from injury. ACL injuries can be common in high intensity sports or as a result of injuries incurred through landing or crashing, all of which can result in a lengthy recovery period. The CTi knee brace was introduced with a rigid carbon fibre frame to protect and stabilise the knee joint to ensure that the joint alignment is maintained.

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The CTi® Knee Brace

The CTi knee brace is designed to offer maximum protection to the knee joint and worn by amateurs and professionals alike in the field of extreme and high impact sports. The brace is manufactured by combining multiple layers of carbon fibre to create a rigid frame, working to protect the knee joint and associated ligaments by maintaining bone alignment and minimising unnatural movements. The knee brace is available in both Off The Shelf (OTS) and Custom versions.

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What is the CTI knee brace designed to protect?

The CTi is a knee brace designed to protect against protect against ACL / PCL / MCL / LCL injuries which can occur through high impact sports. The term high impact refers to anything impacting on the joints including skiing and BMX. In high impact sports you need to be protected against impact damage in the event of a fall or crash. The rigid shell of the CTi is designed to withstand impact, with Carbon Fibre one of the strongest materials available as well as being lightweight so you can move freely and remain active.

What are knee ligaments?

Ligaments are the tough bands of tissues which connect the bones within a joint and as responsible for stabilisation and movement. A damaged ligament results in the knee losing its natural stabilising mechanisms for movement. Surgery is often required to rectify the problem with a 90% success rate, though subsequently it is important to protect the knee to avoid a repeat of the injury.

Different types of CTi

The Custom version is designed to give you a close and comfortable fit, specifically made for you. It is also available in a multitude of standard colours, but for something extra special and personalised you can opt to have a custom colour design created so you can really stand out. The CTi OTS version follows the same design as the Custom, but substitute’s part of the rigid structure for flexible subshells. By doing this it ensures the rigidity of the frame is maintained whilst providing a comfortable, close fit, for different sizes and shapes.

Who wears CTi?

Sports stars including British Speedway Champion Tai Woffinden, wakeboarding champion Lee Debuse and motocross freestyle team Bolddog all know the importance of protecting their knee joint during competitions. With 40% of all ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) injuries attributed to sport it is no wonder why sports stars look to give themselves the best possible protection.

How do I get one?

The CTi knee brace is fitted by clinical professionals to ensure it fits perfectly and offers you the protection you require. For more information on the CTi and how it can benefit you or to arrange a consultation please contact us.

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The Unloader One® Knee Brace

The Unloader One is a knee brace which is clinically proven to aid the mobility of patients suffering from unicompartmental osteoarthritis of the knee.

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What is osteoarthritis of the knee?

Osteoarthritis of the knee is a degenerative condition resulting in the gradual loss of cartilage within the knee joint. The loss of cartilage results in bone on bone contact which can be very painful and debilitating, with activities such as walking, running and cycling becoming increasingly difficult. Whilst all weight bearing activities can result in pain, patients can still undertake non weight bearing exercises such as swimming. Mobility can be reduced amongst sufferers of osteoarthritis of the knee due to the amount of pain they encounter, whether during an activity or even through resting. Patients can also report inflammation of the knee joint which can further limit movement.

Treatment options

Unfortunately there is no cure for osteoarthritis of the knee, but there are both surgical and non-surgical options available to patients. Surgical solutions include whether a partial or full knee replacement which are designed to last for around 15 years. Whilst a knee replacement will remove the condition it is not to be taken lightly as it can take up to six months post surgery before a patient is able to walk unaided following extensive physiotherapy.

In considering non-surgical solutions painkillers can be prescribed to patients to help manage inflammation and any pain experienced, which can allow for improved mobility. The main issue with the use of prescription medication is that it fails to address the root cause of the issue, which is the breakdown of cartilage and merely masks the pain to allow a patient to remain mobile. Ultimately the osteoarthritis of the knee will continue and further treatment will be required in the long run.

Another non-surgical solution which is becoming increasingly popular is the use of a knee brace such as the Unloader One, a knee brace designed to specifically manage the symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee.

How does the Unloader One work?

The Unloader One works by offloading the pressure from the affected side of the knee to reduce bone on bone contact. By reducing the bone on bone contact it can help to reduce the degenerative nature of the condition, even delaying the need for surgery. With a reduced amount of pain the mobility of the patient can also be improved. 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 osteoarthritis of the knee.

The importance of increasing mobility

Light and moderate exercise is greatly beneficial for a patient, releasing endorphins, or natural painkillers into the system which can help to keep them active for longer. By experiencing a reduced amount of pain a patient can experience a better quality of life through enhanced activity levels. A patient can keep fit either through walking, running or cycling and perform simple tasks like walking to the shops without the fear of their condition getting in the way.

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 of osteoarthritis of knee in conjunction with the Unloader One, improving their quality of life.

How can I get one?

The Unloader One is a clinically prescribed knee brace, therefore must be prescribed by a qualified clinician. For more information or to arrange a consultation please contact us.