Journal article

The effects of a varus unloader brace for lateral tibiofemoral osteoarthritis and valgus malalignment after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a single case study

HF Hart, DC Ackland, AG Schache, MG Pandy, NJ Collins, KM Crossley

JOURNAL OF MUSCULOSKELETAL & NEURONAL INTERACTIONS | JMNI | Published : 2013

Abstract

We investigated the immediate effects of a varus knee brace on knee symptoms and knee-joint biomechanics in an individual with predominant lateral tibiofemoral joint osteoarthritis (TFJOA) and valgus malalignment after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. A varus unloader brace was prescribed to a 48-year-old male with predominant lateral radiographic and symptomatic TFJOA and valgus malalignment eight-years following ACL reconstruction. During a step-down task, the participant rated knee pain, task-difficulty, knee-stability and knee-confidence on four separate visual analogue scales. Quantitative gait analysis was conducted during self-selected walking trials under three test c..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (Australia)


Funding Acknowledgements

HFH is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (Australia) (#813021) and NJC is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (Australia) Research Training (Post-Doctoral) Fellowship (#628918). DJO Global provided the knee brace for this study.