October 2014

Townsend brace improves knee function

A poster presented at the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) National Assembly, held in September in Las Vegas, found that use of a decompressive knee brace from Bakersfield, CA-based Townsend Design significantly improved muscle function in osteoarthritic (OA) knees.

Researchers fitted 17 adults with Kellgren-Lawrence grade 2-4 unilateral medial or lateral knee OA with Townsend’s Rebel Reliever brace after testing their knee extensor and flexor muscle function in OA and uninvolved knees.

The brace significantly improved flexion and average power produced in extension and flexion at two and eight weeks after fitting and average peak torque and extension at eight weeks compared with baseline. The OA knee remained significantly weaker than the uninvolved knee at eight weeks, and authors concluded early changes were most likely due to neuroplastic effects, while later changes were from muscle hypotrophy.

The study researchers were from Stony Brook University in New York, Long Island Orthotics & Prosthetics in West Babylon, NY, and the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma in New York City.

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