The practical usefulness of three different types of elastic knee orthoses was evaluated by 20 patients with unstable knee joints due to rheumatoid arthritis or arthrosis. It was determined radiologically whether the angulation of the knee was corrected by the orthosis. This was found to be the case to a slight extent in almost one-half of the patients, but in this respect the knee-orthoses with flexible stays did not differ from those with rigid stays. Although as a rule the pain did not improve, nearly all patients wanted to continue using an elastic knee orthosis, especially because of the sensation of stability. Most patients preferred a simple elastic knee brace without rigid side rods. We conclude that prescribing an elastic knee orthosis for patients with unstable knee joints may be useful and that in most cases a simple type without rigid side rods will suffice.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Nederlands tijdschrift voor geneeskunde|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 1984|