General Orthopedics – Unloader Bracing
Unloader braces are used to reduce the amount of pressure or stress that is enacted on the damaged part of a joint. Most braces of this type are used with patients who are not ready to undergo surgery due to extenuating factors, or who have recently undergone surgery and require extra support. These braces provide stability when moving and can be used for walking, standing, or during physical therapy exercises. Most unloader braces are hinged to provide the best support by distributing the force placed on a joint.