April 2016

Ongoing Care OA brace improves gait

Ongoing Care Solutions’ pneumatic unloader brace with extension assist improved various gait parameters in people with knee osteoarthritis (OA) compared with standard conservative care, according to a study published in the April issue of The Journal of Knee Surgery.

Investigators at Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics in Baltimore randomized 24 people with knee OA to treatment with the OA Rehabilitator brace made by the Pinellas Park, FL-based company and 12 to standard care.

After wearing the brace for at least three hours a day for three months, braced participants had significant improvements in walking speed, knee extension at heel strike, total range of motion, knee joint forces, and rate of knee flexion from midstance to terminal stance compared with the matched cohort.

These results confirm those of a pilot study published in 2013 in the same journal.

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