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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 121-123

Knee brace for osteoarthritis using distraction force

Department of Prosthetics and Orthotics, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth Deemed to be University, Vadodara, Gujarat, India

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Dr. Rani Kumari
Department of Prosthetics and Orthotics, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth Deemed to be University, Piparia, Waghodia, Vadodara - 391 760, Gujarat
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jihs.jihs_22_22

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Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common chronic condition among old age person, which affects joint motion disabling to perform daily routine tasks. This hampers their overall quality of life. In the current study, a new combination of braces design for OA was constructed combining valgus braces and unloader braces. The aim was to prove the effectiveness of the new braces on the patients with ligament laxity, muscle spasm, contraction, and mediolateral instability. In total, 28 patients were divided into three different mobility groups, i.e., respondents with mobility limited to their home environment, those with ability to walk to a nearby shop, and third group with no mobility restrictions. The patient-reported outcome measure questions in the study were prepared for the questionnaire. The results of this study illustrated pain reduction in about 54% of respondents after using a new knee brace. This provided possibly less cocontraction, which further helped reduced progression of knee OA, suitable joint support, and increased mobility.

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