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Townsend Design released its first osteoarthritis (OA) knee brace, the custom OA Reliever, in 1995. Two decades and hundreds of thousands of patients later, Townsend now offers the industry’s most diverse range of OA bracing technology— enabling medical professionals to brace virtually any OA patient successfully.
By LER Staff Continue reading
New research presented in June at the 2015 ISPO Congress underscored the potential long-term benefits of valgus knee bracing for relief of medial knee osteoarthritis (OA) symptoms when patient compliance is high, while… Continue reading
Bone bruises are commonly associated with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, but researchers are only beginning to understand the potential clinical significance of these chondral lesions with regard to knee osteoarthritis (OA) and preventing ACL injury recurrence.
By Cary Groner
A Taiwanese study offers more evidence that offloading knee braces and wedged foot orthoses are both associated with significant biomechanical improvements in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA).
Varus thrust is a characteristic of dynamic alignment that has been shown to be predictive of medial tibiofemoral structural progression. Treatments aimed at minimizing varus thrust may reduce structural progression and symptoms related to knee osteoarthritis.
By Grace Hsiao-Wei Lo, MD, MSc
Whole body vibration may help improve strength and function in patients with knee osteoarthritis and may even slow disease progression. But contradictory findings, a lack of consensus on optimal parameters, and safety issues have even WBV advocates proceeding with caution.
By Cary Groner
Patellofemoral osteoarthritis (PFOA) is associated with deficits in hip abduction strength, a similarity to patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) that appears to support the theory that the two conditions lie on the same continuum, according to research from the University of Calgary presented in late May at the ACSM meeting.
Not all patients with chronic ankle instability develop ankle osteoarthritis, but evidence suggests the two conditions are related, which in turn suggests that ankle sprain prevention and management could help reduce ankle replacement rates.
By Larry Hand
There’s no question that exercise is good for kids. But the trauma associated with some youth sports can dramatically increase the risk that those kids will develop knee or ankle osteoarthritis by the time they reach adulthood. The key next step is to determine what can be done about it.
By Yvonne M. Golightly, PT, PhD, Stephen W. Marshall, PhD, and Dennis J. Caine, PhD
Research suggests that redirecting ground reaction forces relative to the knee joint’s rotational center can be achieved by repositioning the foot through a number of different mechanisms.
By Roy H. Lidtke, DPM, CPed
Radiographic evidence of osteoarthritis five years after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction is significantly more likely in patients with limited range of motion—even by just a few degrees—in the operated knee, according to research presented at the AAOS meeting. Investigators from … Continue reading
Altering joint alignment is associated with decreased pain and improved function. Researchers are working to explain the mechanisms underlying these effects, particularly with respect to bracing.
By Yatin Kirane, D.Orth, PhD; Rebecca Zifchock, PhD; and Howard Hillstrom, PhD
San Diego-based DJO Global in March launched the OA Reaction TriFit Knee brace from DonJoy, the company’s latest osteoarthritis (OA) knee brace designed to provide pain relief to those with moderate to severe knee OA. Continue reading
Kappa Delta Sorority and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) in March at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) presented four awards of $20,000 each to scientists for conducting outstanding musculoskeletal research. The meeting took place March 14-18 in San Diego. Continue reading
Investigators from the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) on March 14 presented research at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in San Diego that confirms a seven-question survey developed at the Manhattan-based center is a valid and efficient tool for assessing patient outcomes following revision total knee replacement. Continue reading
Footwear with rocker soles are best known for helping to redistribute plantar pressures during gait in patients with diabetes, but research suggests they also have clinically relevant effects on balance and gait that can be beneficial for some populations but potentially dangerous for others.
By Greg Gargiulo Continue reading
Using patient-reported outcome tools can give lower extremity clinicians insight into the disability experienced by patients with chronic ankle instability. A combination of instruments may be necessary, as different assessments may capture different aspects of the condition.
By Adam B. Rosen PhD, ATC; and Cathleen N. Brown PhD, ATC Continue reading
Prescription of foot orthoses for runners with patellofemoral pain (PFP) is often based on the premise that individuals with excessive pronation are among those most likely to have a positive response. However, preliminary analyses indicate this may not be the case.
By Thomas Gus Almonroeder, DPT; and John Willson, PT, PhD Continue reading
The growing popularity of prehabilitation contrasts with mixed findings in the lower extremity literature: Specifically, the approach seems to be more effective in patients undergoing anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction than those undergoing hip or knee replacement.
By Cary Groner Continue reading
The risk of knee osteoarthritis in the intact limb of longtime unilateral amputees is much higher than in nonamputees, and the range of potential contributing factors is even more complex. Optimizing prosthetic fit and function, in addition to more conventional OA interventions, can help address gait issues that contribute to knee joint degeneration.
By Emily Delzell Continue reading
Researchers and clinicians who work with unilateral lower limb amputees are increasingly exploring the effects of prosthetic devices on gait asymmetries and joint loading. What’s less well known is that prostheses designed for use above the waist can also have positive effects on gait.
By Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor Continue reading
Foothill Ranch, CA-based Össur in February launched a public education campaign on knee osteoarthritis (OA) featuring professional golfer William McGirt. Continue reading
Designed to reduce the pain of knee osteoarthritis and increase stability, the Catalyst-Propel OA prioritizes patient comfort to help maximize compliance and outcomes. The Catalyst-Propel OA’s defining features are its dual Q-hinges, which enable adjustment of overall… Continue reading
VibraCool is a wearable pain therapy device that provides simple, serious relief for iliotibial band pain, plantar fasciitis, osteoarthritis, and other painful tendinitis conditions and injuries. VibraCool’s Cool-Pulse technology leverages the physiologic pain… Continue reading
Running may increase the risk of knee osteoarthritis (OA) onset or progression for some people, but in many others the knees will be safe during running; in such individuals, the benefits of physical activity can positively affect weight management and other means of reducing OA risk.
By Nicole M. Cattano, PhD, LAT, ATC; and Jeffrey B. Driban, PhD, ATC, CSCS Continue reading