Unloader One

Ossur Unloader One

The Unloader One® Knee Brace

Designed for patients with unicompartmental knee osteo arthritis.  Clinically proven to reduce pain, improve function and reduce the need for pain medication.

Unloader One is a comfortable, lightweight, low-profile brace that provides excellent suspension and unloading leverage.

Össur uses a clinically proven 3-Points of Leverage system, the dual Dynamic Force Straps are easily adjusted using the SmartDosing system.

How does the Unloader One work?

The Unloader One works by offloading the pressure from the affected side of the knee to reduce bone on bone contact. By reducing the bone on bone contact it can help to reduce the degenerative nature of the condition, even delaying the need for surgery. With a reduced amount of pain the mobility of the patient can also be improved. It is worth noting however that braces such as the Unloader One can only be used where only one side of the joint is affected by osteoarthritis of the knee.

What is osteoarthritis of the knee?

Osteoarthritis of the knee is a degenerative condition resulting in the gradual loss of cartilage within the knee joint. The loss of cartilage results in bone on bone contact which can be very painful and debilitating, with activities such as walking, running and cycling becoming increasingly difficult. Whilst all weight bearing activities can result in pain, patients can still undertake non weight bearing exercises such as swimming.

Mobility can be reduced amongst sufferers of osteoarthritis of the knee due to the amount of pain they encounter, whether during an activity or even through resting. Patients can also report inflammation of the knee joint which can further limit movement.

Treatment options

Unfortunately there is no cure for osteoarthritis of the knee, but there are both surgical and non-surgical options available to patients.


Surgical solutions include whether a partial or full knee replacement which are designed to last for around 15 years. Whilst a knee replacement will remove the condition it is not to be taken lightly as it can take up to six months post surgery before a patient is able to walk unaided following extensive physiotherapy.

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NON-SURGICAL TREATMENT

Treatment options for osteoarthritis knee problems mostly focus on pain relief and improving mobility with an individualised treatment plan for each patient depending on the severity of the condition and your current / desired lifestyle. These can be sub-divided into non-invasive (non-surgical) and surgical options.

Non-surgical options include:

  • Weight management: A diet could improve quality of life as the stress affecting the knee would ease while losing weight.
  • Exercise: Improving one’s exercise regimen with a focus on strengthening muscles around the knee can help the condition significantly. Although it might be difficult to start exercising due to the pain, there are some sports that could improve the condition gently, such as swimming or cycling. Besides strengthening exercisesaerobic exercises can help reduce pain and improve overall well-being. Natural endorphins released when exercising also act as natural painkillers.
  • Medications: Medications prescribed for osteoarthritis usually include painkillers, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), steroid and hyaluronic acid injections, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), topical creams, acupuncture, or supplements.
  • Braces: Often used to take the weight off the affected side of the knee (unloading knee brace) or to provide support for the entire knee.
  • Physiotherapy: An important part of most treatment plans, involving the assessment of movements and providing advice on how to protect joints, how to avoid injuries, and how to reduce pain. Each treatment plan will be customised to the individual’s symptoms and needs, and specialist physiotherapists might be involved in some cases.
  • Occupational Therapy: Supports people with difficulties in their everyday life, including work. Occupational therapists can help with advice on how to avoid straining joints and what equipment can support arthritis sufferers. They can also give advice on reducing tiredness or what equipment could be beneficial for the condition.
  • Hydrotherapy: A treatment option for osteoarthritis knee sufferers, focusing on gentle exercises in warm water

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