A Rigid frame knee brace provides the maximum level of support for the knee. The most common rigid frame braces are designed to protect the ligaments (ACL, MCL/LCL, PCL), followed by treatment of Osteoarthritis, and then other common knee conditions.
Braces designed for ligament support have hinges situated on both sides of the knee to help stabilize the knee joint and to prevent it from moving unnaturally. They can prevent a bad twist, and lessen the severity of ligament injuries during a fall or sudden movement. Hinges can also prevent hyperextension of the knee.
Osteoarthritis braces, typically called "unloader" knee braces have hinges (and sometimes strapping) on one or both sides of the knee. The hinges (or strapping) gently applies pressure to one side of the knee to unload the painful/arthritic compartment of the knee. This increases joint spacing on the impacted side and therefore reduces pain and improves knee joint function.
Rigid frame braces are made from combinations of metal (like aluminum), some more exotic materials (like carbon fiber), plastic, elastic material and straps. They come in many sizes, colours and designs. OrthoMed offers custom and ready made braces from the top suppliers around the world such as DonJoy, Ossur, Breg, Bauerfeind and others.
Rigid frame braces can be used for a wide range of applications from athletes who need protection and stabilization during sports to a patient needing support pre and post-surgery (repair of the ACL, MCL or PCL).
Rigid knee braces are designed for moderate to maximum support and offer better protection and stability. Here are some examples of rigid frame knee braces offered by OrthoMed. Custom and off-the-shelf versions are available.