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Osteoarthritis of the knee can be managed with an Unloader Knee Brace to keep you moving and grooving.


What is osteoarthritis of the Knee?

Osteoarthritis of the knee happens when the cartilage in your knee joint breaks down, enabling the bones to rub together. The friction makes your knees hurt, become stiff and sometimes swell. While osteoarthritis in the knee can't be cured, there are many treatments to slow its progress and ease your symptoms.

Best unloader Knee braces for OA

As recommended by The Bracing Experts.

Unloader One X

• For moderate to severe OA
• Robust 3 point leveraging system
• Clinically proven biomechanical design


• World’s first SLS 3D printed custom unloader knee brace
• Ultra light, maximum comfort
• Digitally modelized for a perfect fit

OActive 2

• Lightweight, low-profile, single upright OA brace
• Maximized 3 points of leverage for medial compartment
• Unique Set-Fit Buckle System

Catalyst Propel

• Featuring the unique Active Thigh Cuff™ (ATC), a patented thighstrapping mechanism
• Anterior tibial cuff curved to comfortably

Frequently Asked Questions

How do Unloader braces work?


Unloader knee braces work by redistributing pressure away from the affected side of the knee joint. These braces are designed to alleviate pain and provide support for individuals with conditions like osteoarthritis. By applying external forces, unloader knee braces help correct misalignment, reduce friction in the joint, and promote better knee function. Consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice on using unloader knee braces for your specific condition.

How is unloading different than a normal knee brace/sleeve?


An unloading knee brace is different than a normal knee brace/sleeve because it can assist in opening the joint space which re-distributes the weight/force away from the affected area. A normal knee brace does not provide this biomechanical change.

Will it stop me from bending my knee?


No, it would not stop you from bending your knees. If does feel constricting is usually means the brace is on too tight or not in the right placement.

How long before I see improvements in my pain and mobility?


Some people feel immediate relief. For some the break-in process can take a little longer time to feel the relief. We often find that users are able to do more through out the day because of the benefits the brace offers.

What if it does not fit properly? What is the warranty?


We always troubleshoot and make the necessary adjustments. The warranty varies across each unloading brace company. The bottom line is that we want you to wear the brace because they work! We will do whatever it takes to make sure the experience is good.

Can I wear the brace under my pants?


Yes, we recommend wearing the brace right on the skin.

Will it make my knee weaker?


No, it will not make the knee weaker.

When and where should I wear the brace?


The brace should be worn at any time you are doing weight-bearing activities. This includes standing, walking, running, or any other physical activity requiring movement. For example we have clients that use it all day and some that use it just to take the dog for a walk.

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Other Braces for Osteoarthritis

Formfit Pro Knee OA

Össur Formfit® Pro Knee OA is a dynamic, lightweight, and compressive knee sleeve for people in an early stage of knee osteoarthritis (OA). This unique knee support provides unloading and pain relief for the knee.

OA Ease

The OA Ease knee brace with patented 3-Point Leverage System provides easy-to-wear relief from mild-to-moderate unicompartmental knee osteoarthritis.

Spring Loaded OA

Spring Loaded OA uses patented spring technology to lift weight off your knee and relieve joint pain so you can do more of what you love.

Unloader One®

Designed to relieve osteoarthritis knee pain and wearing it may help improve mobility. It features Össur's patented 3-point Leverage System, which combines a single hinge with dual Dynamic Force System™ straps to generate unloading of the affected knee joint.

Genutrain OA

GenuTrain OA relieves the painful area on the inside or outside of the knee in cases of osteoarthritis, injury, or instability.

GenuTrain A3

Bauerfeind’s GenuTrain A3 arthritis knee brace is designed for people living an active lifestyle who need support for chronic, mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis pain.

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The OSsur Unloader One X

Watch this video to get a better unstanding of the key features and benefits of this knee brace technology.

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EVOKE 3D Printed Knee Brace from Osskin

Evoke™ is the world's first knee brace made with 3D printed components. It is designed to unload the knee suffering from osteoarthritis.

Unloader Knee Braces

Osteoarthritis solutions for the adventure ahead. With more than 15 clinical studies demonstrating its efficacy, Össur Unloader osteoarthritis bracing is the industry standard.

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The world’s first SLS 3D printed custom unloader knee brace. Evoke is designed and engineered around each leg and patient’s needs, with the goal to maximize comfort and increase mobility.

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BioniCare Knee System

BioniCare is a clinically proven, non-invasive, non-drug treatment option for osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee which provides a patented electrical signal designed specifically for the treatment of pain and symptoms of knee OA.


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Proper Diagnosis

Where do I begin?

Doctor's Examination

A medical professional (like your family doctor) can accurately and effectively diagnose osteoarthritis. If you are experiencing chronic knee or hip pain and think it may be due to osteoarthritis, it is best to speak with your doctor as soon as possible. Having X-ray results is also very informative and gives us a better understanding of your knee. Other potential examinations are CT Scans and MRI’s.

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Arthritis Society Canada

Information, resources and tools to help you manage your osteoarthritis symptoms and improve function.

Centers for Disease Control

Signs and Symptoms of OA, OA statistics, arthritis management strategies...


OrthoInfo, the patient education website of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

Medical Study on Unloading Knee Braces

An Update on Unloading Knee Braces in the Treatment of Unicompartmental Knee Osteoarthritis from the Last 10 Years: A Literature Review