The fundamental component of every Unloader osteoarthritis knee brace is The 3-Point Leverage System, which consists of a single upright plus one or more diagonal Dynamic Force Straps™. Nine published, peer-reviewed studies have demonstrated the efficacy of this technology.
The first Unloaders employed a medial upright with a valgus bend plus an opposing Dynamic Force Strap™ to generate a 3-Point Leverage System that unloaded the medial compartment of the knee. Over time, the original Unloader hinge was replaced with an Adjustable Dynamic Joint™ that enabled fine-tuned treatment. To this day, most Unloaders feature this same combination of an Adjustable Dynamic Joint™ and a Dynamic Force Strap™.
Unloader One offers a new twist on the traditional 3-Point Leverage System. By replacing the Adjustable Dynamic Joint™ with a flexible upright and incorporating Dual Dynamic Force Straps to disperse the counter force across two points of contact, we streamlined the Unloader to a sleek 16 ounces (half of its former weight) while increasing the unloading power by up to 50% and improving comfort and compliance.