Knee orthoses: 3 reasons how they can help
Knee pain can be caused by several conditions such as inflammation, congenital malformation, trauma (fractures, sprains), autoimmune diseases or joint deviations.
There are many types of knee orthoses designed to address a number of knee pathologies, such as:
- Knee osteoarthritis (gonarthrosis)
- Deformations like genu valgum, genu varum, genu recurvatum or genu flexum
- Sports injuries
- Fractures or sprains
Here are the 3 main roles that these orthoses play in your treatment and your quality of life.
Orthoses to support the knee suffering from osteoarthritis (gonarthrosis)
Of all the knee disorders, osteoarthritis of the knee is the most common. It is a disease that causes the progressive degeneration of the cartilage of the joint.
This condition can cause several unpleasant discomforts:
- Pain when walking, going up and down stairs
- Friction of the joints
- Swelling or stiffness of joints
- A deformity of the knees or legs
Offered exclusively at Médicus, the EVOKE® orthosis is the first knee orthosis for osteoarthritis to reproduce the natural movement of the knee. In addition, it is 50% lighter than all other orthoses designed for osteoarthritis.
Orthoses to stabilize the knee
These orthoses and splints are used to stabilize the knee following ligament instabilities, trauma or surgery. As a result, one of the main advantages of these knee orthoses is to facilitate your rehabilitation without immobilizing the joint. This allows you to stay active while rehabilitating your knee!
Knee stabilization orthoses are used in many cases of knee pain:
- Sprains/rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), lateral collateral ligament (LCL), medial collateral ligament (MCL)
- Meniscal tears
- Jogger’s knee (also known as “patellofemoral syndrome,” which is an acute pain felt in the patella after overuse of the knees)
- Patellofemoral syndrome (pain felt around or under the patella, often due to a lack of flexibility)
Knee immobilizers to immobilize the knee following an operation
Immobilization orthoses are particularly useful following knee surgery or for more serious conditions where the knee must be immobilized. They can also be used until a precise diagnosis is made.
These knee orthoses are used in the following cases:
- Muscle strain
- Post-operative care
- Cartilage rupture
- Patella injuries
Many people may be reluctant to have their knees immobilized by these knee orthoses. However, it is important to keep in mind that this type of orthosis is necessary in order to ensure complete rest of the knee and that, as rehabilitation progresses, the more mobility the orthosis gives you back! Rehabilitation is thus carried out in a controlled manner. Moreover, Médicus has developed several models of orthoses that help to promote your comfort.
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