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A knee brace that changes the alignment of the knee as weight is taken on that side.

The idea is to reduce the forces through the joint cartilage of one side of the knee when cartilage damage is still restricted to just one half of the joint.

Unloaders are often used to give symptomatic relief to patients whose knee osteoarthritis is not severe enough to warrant a total knee replacement, or to patients who are waiting for a knee replacement, either a total or a partial one. They are also used to 'unload' one side of the knee after cartilage repair surgery.

Synonyms: 
unloading brace
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