April 2017

PCL brace reduces peak PFJ pressures

The Journal of Experimental Orthopaedics on March 31 published a study of Foothill Ranch, CA-based Össur’s Rebound PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) brace, showing the device significantly reduced peak patello­femoral joint (PFJ) pressures in in PCL-deficient knees compared with no brace.

Investigators from the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles tested PFJ pressures and force using a pressure mapping system via a lateral arthrotomy at knee flexion angles of 30°, 60°, 90°, and 120° in intact PCL-deficient and PCL/ posterolateral corner (PLC)-deficient cadaveric knees under a combined quadriceps/hamstrings load of 400 N/200 N.

They then repeated the testing after application of the Össur PCL brace.

Brace application significantly reduced force, total pressure, and peak pressures in the PFJ in PCL- and PCL/PLC-deficient knees, most significantly at higher degrees of flexion.

Össur in March also opened registration for its second Annual Women’s Leadership Conference for O&P professionals, scheduled for September 28-30 at the Össur Academy facility in Orlando, FL.

Registration is $50 per person and space is limited; get more information and register at ossur.com.

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- Emily Delzell

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