A recent study presented at the April 2013 Osteoarthritis Research Society International (ORSI) meeting in Philadelphia shows results that patients can significantly benefit from simply wearing a lightweight patellofemoral knee brace.
In the study, 126 patients with patellofemoral joint osteoarthritis were fitted with a Bio Skin Q Brace™ patellofemeral knee brace. After 12 weeks of use, there was significant improvement in VAS pain scores while walking downhill, using stairs, kneeling and squatting. Patients also reported that their knees felt supported and more stable. This improvement in stability gave them the confidence to move the knee in a more normal manner, while improving muscle strength and knee function.
In the Science Daily article, Dr. Michael Callaghan of the University of Manchester England is quoted saying, “We've shown that something as simple as a lightweight knee brace can dramatically improve the symptoms and function for people with this particular type of knee osteoarthritis."