Effect of a soft brace on knee pain, knee stability and activity limitations in patients with knee osteoarthritis (WC2015-018)

Background

Starting date: 01/02/2015

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is characterized by pain, knee instability and activity limitations. Knee bracing has been claimed as an option in the management of knee OA. Evidence has been found that a soft brace may reduce knee pain. The effect of a soft brae on kneepain has been attributed to the stimulation of cutaneous sensory fibres from skin mechanoreceptors, which might reduce knee instability. The effect of a soft brace on knee pain, knee instability and activity limitations has not been replicated and the underlying mechanisms are not clear.