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Össur launches Unloader One Lite

Össur launched the latest addition to its line of innovative Unloader® bracing technology with the Unloader One® Lite, specifically intended for patients suffering from mild to moderate pain associated with knee osteoarthritis (OA) and degenerative meniscal tears.

Össur pioneered OA bracing with the introduction of its original Unloader® brace nearly three decades ago. According to a recent peer-reviewed journal article, Össur knee OA braces have been the most clinically evaluated in the published literature and, as a company, have reported the most positive outcomes.1 The Unloader One® has been clinically proven to reduce pain, improve function, and decrease patients' use of pain medication.

"Össur’s Unloader brand is synonymous with osteoarthritis knee bracing because we have dedicated more than three decades to developing innovative bracing technologies that deliver clinically proven benefits for patients," said Jason Thorne, Össur’s Vice President of Global Marketing, OA and Injury Solutions.

According to Thorne, the new Unloader One Lite brace is ideal for younger, more physically active patients who are starting to experience the early symptoms of knee OA and degenerative meniscal tears. The Unloader One Lite features a sleeker, lower-profile design and is 6 ounces lighter than the classic Unloader One brace, which was designed to provide support for the patient with moderate-to-severe knee OA. The Unloader One Lite also features Össur’s clinically proven 3-Points of Leverage design, including dual Dynamic Force straps that are easily fine-tuned using the BOA® Smart Dosing® system.

Unloader One Lite is the first unloading brace to be clinically-proven as an effective treatment for patients with degenerative meniscal tears, which is classified as a pre-OA condition. Recent clinical trials have shown non-operative treatment of degenerative meniscal tears are an effective treatment option with good clinical outcomes in cases where partial meniscectomy is not indicated3. Unloader One Lite provides unloading of the affected compartment, reducing patients’ pain and improving function.

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1 Phillips et al. (2016) Treatment of Osteoarthritis of the Knee with Bracing: A Scoping Review. Orthopedic Reviews 2016; volume 8

2 Briggs, K.K., Matheny, L.M., Steadman, J.R., 2012.Improvement in quality of life with use of an unloader knee brace in active patients with OA: A prospective cohort study. J Knee Surg 25, 417-22.