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Unloader One X Stories
Klaus's Unloader One X Story
“I’ve been using the Unloader One X for nearly a year and I’m happy to say that I have been able to continue doing all the activities I enjoy. In fact, I went to Nepal in September 2019 as planned. It involved three weeks of trekking between 4-8 hours per day carrying a 13kg backpack. I can say that it was fantastic trekking and a great experience. To realise dreams beyond the ordinary…that’s my #lifewithoutlimitations.”
Unloader One Stories
"Using the Unloader One knee brace after loss of mobility and pain from cartilage damage has allowed me to return to orienteering and hiking in rough terrain, as well as facilitating with some cartilage repair as well."
"Taking a holiday with my daughter two years clear of Triple Negative Breast Cancer, the Unloader has allowed me to “keep up”. We trekked in Nepal, celebrated Mother's Day sunrise at the Taj Mahal and climbed Sigyra Rock in Sri Lanka. I could not have enjoyed exploring without the Unloader and I certainly would not have attained the summit! Onwards and upwards!"
"I climbed Ayers rock recently made possible by wearing an Unloader One due to the superior support it gives. It was very memorable without the pain (during and after the climb which I would normally endure) and has removed all limitations that I once had."
"With long wait times for knee replacement and ever worsening arthritis I found myself unable to put any weight on my leg. I was fitted with a knee Unloader brace, while initially very sceptical, I was absolutely amazed it works!"
"Without my Unloader brace I wouldn’t have been able to walk around Italy for 2 weeks. I would have been stuck on the couch after 1 day on cobblestone streets with high doses of anti-inflammatories. Instead I was able to keep up with my wife on our holiday."
"I am 62 and have 2 advanced arthritic knees with no lateral cartilage. The Unloader braces enable me to continue my passion of skiing around the world which was coming to an end before the braces. By far the best braces I have had in every way."
"With an Unloader I did a trip of a lifetime climbing the mountains in Nepal. Before using an Unloader brace I had given up any hope of this trip."
Kimya M. Gold Coast Australia
"I tried months of Physiotherapy, massages, and exercise to try and resolve some of the difficulties I was having in my knee, however, an X-ray later highlighted that my right knee was totally out of alignment. I consulted a physiotherapist for a solution and the Unloader One came to my rescue, everything changed for the better. This brace keeps my knee aligned and I can walk for longer distances without having to stop. I am so happy that the Unloader One has made my life much easier. I highly recommend it."
"I was having big trouble after surgery to repair a torn meniscus. My doctor said it was another operation or an Unloader One knee brace. I tried the brace and felt immediate security in my knee, it felt like my leg was being held together while I walked. Since then, I saw rapid improvement and within months I was back to normal and no longer needed the brace or any other support. I cannot recommend it enough. For anyone in a similar situation, I can only say go and get one."
"Nearly two years after being recommended the Unloader One knee brace for my osteoarthritis, I’ve gone back to running regularly and freely without any issues. I use the Unloader One knee brace while running and I absolutely love it! I feel confident to strike the ground and my knee will take the weight and the brace doesn’t significantly alter my pace or gait."
"The Unloader One knee brace enabled me to continue my work in building new infrastructure and maintaining our large acreage. Now after over three years of work, we are at a stage where we can enjoy what we have created. It would have been impossible to get this far without the help and support of the Unloader One knee brace. Now I still use the brace daily whilst moving around the farm."
Peter H. Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy - Principal Olympic Winter Sports Physiotherapist 2000- 2018
"I recently treated an AFL footballer with the Unloader One knee brace. He had previously undergone ACL surgery, but had experienced more recent medial menisci aggravation and joint replacement was not an appropriate solution for his age. The brace improved both key issues allowing for better gait and facilitating tolerance to continue to work and also for him to play football with his children."
Roshan P. Clinical Lead Orthotists from MoveMe Health clinic
"I fitted my last OA Unloader One X knee brace in December 2020 back in wellington for a 35-year-old active man who had a traumatic accident. He had a very active lifestyle before the accident and had multiple surgeries (ACL reconstruction) on the right knee and eventually developed post-traumatic lateral OA. He was restricted from performing his regular activities and was quite demotivated. We had him fitted with an Unloader One knee brace as soon as we could, he immediately felt the difference. He was very happy with the outcome and continues to wear the brace while remaining active."
Jessica D. Director & Lead Clinician at Ora Orthotics
"As an avid fan of the Unloader One knee brace, I never shy from the opportunity to use it for appropriate clients. One client was referred for a brace for a left medial meniscus tear. As the owner of his building company, the patient had a physically demanding job to return to ASAP. Within one month of wearing the Unloader One knee brace, he reported a difference and was able to return to work. He bought a second brace for his right knee which was also affected by him compensating his left knee."
Brent F. Clinical Lead at MoveMe Health Clinic
"I fitted a patient with the Unloader One Knee brace after presenting with complications on his right knee. He is now back at work and managing well. He said he had lost some weight and was feeling much better about himself. The patient was very happy with the knee brace and was wearing it most of the time from when he woke up in the morning."
Unloader Hip Stories
"Some years ago I found out that I had Osteoarthritis in my left hip, causing me ongoing pain during exercise. I hadn’t tried anything like a brace in the past, but since my fitting with Simon from Össur in 2018, the Unloader Hip, has enabled me to continue my sports and other passions to a high degree without the same pain. I was on the verge of quitting tennis, but I particularly like the support from the brace and its ability to straighten me up without putting too much stress on my left side during sport; for tennis and golf, this is very good. The Unloader Hip has allowed me to keep going and kept me in a physical and mental positive state. I will eventually require a hip replacement operation, but in the meantime, the Unloader has bought me time and comfort. I will likely use it after my operation for continued support and comfort. Many thanks to Össur and Simon Boyd for his consultation, fitting and ongoing service."
Reconnecting with your passion
Watch how Unloader braces help users return to the daily activities they enjoy such as hiking, yoga, dancing and other everyday activities.
Once diagnosed, contact us to find your nearest fitting centre where a certified professional can fit you with the right brace for your needs. Unloader braces should be used only as directed and if symptoms persist consult your health care professional.