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The role of bracing.
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PMID:  23314263     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Regular exercise and weight reduction are not only important for maintaining general health, they are also strongly recommended conservative modalities for managing knee osteoarthritis (OA). The objective of this paper is to discuss the mechanics of knee joint loading and to review the most recent literature with respect to the functionality and efficacy of unloader braces for managing knee OA, specifically from the perspective of the middle-aged athlete. Evidence suggests valgus braces for medial compartment knee OA significantly reduce knee adduction angle measures and improve measures relating to medial knee joint loading, as well as gait symmetry and speed. Benefits were demonstrated during walking and during more demanding functional measures such as running and negotiating stairs. No studies have investigated the efficacy of bracing for relatively young athletic OA patients and, thus, the role of bracing for this population during sports remains unclear.
Kristin Briem; Daniel K Ramsey
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Sports medicine and arthroscopy review     Volume:  21     ISSN:  1538-1951     ISO Abbreviation:  Sports Med Arthrosc     Publication Date:  2013 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9315689     Medline TA:  Sports Med Arthrosc     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  11-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
*Department of Physical Therapy, Centre of Movement Science, School of Health Sciences, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland †Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, School of Public Health and Health Professions, University at Buffalo, NY.
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