Device use: walking AIDS, braces, and orthoses for symptomatic knee osteoarthritis
(1) Graduate Programs in Physical Therapy, MGH Institute of Health Professions
Source: Clin Geriatr Med. 2010 Aug;26(3):479-502
DOI: 10.1016/j.cger.2010.03.007. Publication date: 2010 Aug E-Publication date: Not specified Availability: abstract Copyright: © 2010 Elsevier Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Language: English Countries: Not specified Location: Not specified Correspondence address: Gross KD : firstname.lastname@example.org
With too few conservative options in the current medical system, increasing numbers of osteoarthritis (OA) sufferers are using untested folk remedies and self-prescribed dietary supplements. There is enormous popular demand for noninvasive and nonpharmacologic therapies for OA, and there is a pressing need for clinicians to respond to this demand by updating their practice. This review introduces clinicians to the most important noninvasive devices used in the conservative management of knee OA. Because the shared goal of these devices is to favorably alter lower limb biomechanics, each section of the review considers evidence of biomechanical and clinical efficacy.