The Leading Knee Brace Clinic

At Technology in Motion, our registered specialists offer leading orthotic treatment for all knee deficiencies, including expert advice and knee brace orthoses. Our aim is to control the knee, minimising the risk of further injury. Knee Braces also help to reduce the impact of further arthritic damage, reduce pain, improve mobility and prevent further injury, which may ultimately result in knee replacement surgery.

Many of our clients are much more active and able than their knee pathologies allow. With expert assessment and the correct knee brace, our Orthotists can help return you to as close to original performance as possible, lengthening your active life and minimising unnecessary wear and tear in an unstable or degrading joint complex. Please read our informative guide on how to wear a knee brace for the best protection  if you need reminding how best to wear your knee brace.

 

ACL Knee Brace

Our clients self-refer or are referred to us from orthopaedic consultants and physiotherapists who ask us to provide an ACL Knee Brace to protect from injury, support a torn ligament, or to protect their repaired ACL injury after surgery.

We help to keep them at the top of their game with the effective support of an ACL Knee Brace. An ACL Knee Brace protects from a sports-related ACL injury, supports an existing injury, or helps a full recovery after surgery so that you can return to sports and activities sooner.

Some of our clients want and need to keep fit and active but have difficulty doing so because of previous injury or joint instability. We help to lengthen their active life by providing the necessary ACL knee support and protection to reduce the risk of further injury and minimise unnecessary wear and tear in an unstable joint or joint complex.

An ACL Knee Brace uses a lightweight carbon fibre or aircraft aluminium frame with hinges incorporated at the knee joint for full mobility. An ACL Brace controls and supports using comfortable, firm straps which allow the knee to continue its normal movement, whilst preventing any abnormal movements. This design allows the knee to retain full movement (bending and straightening) whilst simultaneously providing rotational support. We have an extensive ACL Knee Brace range and also fit custom braces based on your individual needs.

CTI Knee brace

ACL Knee Brace Features

A good knee brace will comfortably protect and support normal movement and prevent abnormal loads on the knee. Essentially, it’s no different from wearing a crash helmet and will have:

  • Anatomically-correct hinges with extension stops to allow full range of motion but prevent over-stretching of the ligaments.
  • Adjustable Straps and condyle pads to control the tibia and allow adjustments in hinge depth to ensure correct joint alignment.
  • Padding, sometimes with silicone to prevent slipping (migration).
  • Well-designed buckles and cuffs to improve comfort and eliminate pressure points.
  • Support for ACL, MCL, LCL, PCL, rotary and combined instabilities.
  • Ability to be used in fresh, chlorinated and salt water.

 

Ski Knee Brace

Your knee brace for skiing will stabilise and minimise injury to the four main ligaments:

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL)
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL)
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL)

 

The ACL is a main stabilising ligament, which crosses through the middle of the knee joint. It is commonly injured during high impact sports such as skiing and football. This ligament prevents hyperextension and excessive rotation of the joint during activity. The PCL is the other main ligament within the knee and works with the ACL to provide stability for the knee. They cross to form an ‘X’ shape so that the knee can remain flexible and extend without side to side movement.

The MCL and LCL are located either side of the knee. The MCL attaches the tibia and femur at the inside of the joint, and the LCL at the outside of the joint. Injury of either of these ligaments can result in a valgus (knock knee) or varus (bow leg) knee position. The MCL can be damaged in sporting activities when force is applied to the outside of the leg, just above the knee. The medial ligament can also be damaged due to excessive unnatural rotation. For example in a football game, a player’s studs get caught in the grass and tries to turn to the side, away from the stationery leg. The LCL is usually injured by pressure placed on the knee-joint from the inside, resulting in stress on the outside of the joint.

Our knee braces can provide support for knees that have sustained a combined ligament injury as well as those that have suffered damage to individual ligaments.

Ski Knee Brace

Why choose us to provide your knee brace for skiing?

All of our clinicians are registered and expert in their field. We provide braces to suit all conditions from major suppliers such as Ossur, DonJoy, Medi and Thuasne. Our Ski Knee Brace range is designed to provide:

  • Firm, comfortable control with easy to wear fastenings and support.
  • Close contact and contours to distribute loading.
  • Three and four point pressure to control all four ligaments in the knee simultaneously.
  • Adjustable flexible femoral and tibial cuffs to allow muscles to work effectively during exercise to maintain mobility.
  • Rigid support across the knee.
  • Lightweight carbon fibre or aircraft aluminium frame for ease of wear.
  • Durable to absorb high activity impact so you can return to sports sooner.

If you require more information of the benefits of wearing a knee brace for skiing, check out our relevant blog post.

What will happen when you call us?

We will arrange a consultation to discuss your needs with you in detail and determine your Ski Knee Brace requirements. The consultation includes:

  • Testing all the ligaments within the knee.
  • Consider the different braces in our treatment range and recommend a ski knee brace which fits your personal circumstances.
  • Give you advice and information on how your ski knee brace will protect and repair the injury.
  • Measure and fit the brace to ensure optimum comfort and effective treatment.
  • Instruct you on how to use your brace, look after it and prolong its lifespan.

 

When you see us, our recommendations will depend on the history of your injury, the type of injury (ligament, cartilage or bone), its severity (or ligament laxity), and the activity level that you expect or need to achieve. We will then suggest a suitable Ski Knee Support that is individual to your personal condition. Should you agree to go ahead, we’ll supply you with your new Ski Knee Brace, enabling you to get on and enjoy your skiing holiday with minimal worry.

 

Motocross Knee Brace

Motocross is a sport that involves high speed and detailed precision around variable circuits. The dangerous element to the sport means a motocross rider is a high risk to serious joint injuries. Just like a helmet or spine board, protective equipment like Motocross Knee Braces will lessen these risks and riders who use CTi Knee Braces will benefit from additional control. It also allows for more movement and a stronger grip in the knee area.

Motocross Knee Brace

Motocross Knee Braces aim to protect one of the most vulnerable parts of a rider’s body. A knee brace can prevent ligament tears and other injuries which stop rider’s returning to the sport for long periods of time – if at all. For example, simple foot down injuries occur with the bike turns on your planted foot, which then places all of the kinetic energy into your knee, resulting in injury and pain. However, a Motocross Knee Brace keeps the knee in alignment and prevents the knee joint from over rotating and the ligaments eventually tearing.

Our CTi Knee Braces, such as the CTi ProSport, are designed to take this twisting load and protect your knee, minimising the risk of injury. A well-fitted and controlling CTi Knee Brace protects from more extreme high-speed impacts. This reduces the risk of patella, ligament, and joint injuries.

Braces that slip and move offer little to no control of the knee joint and can cause more damage as they offer little resistance to strains on the knee ligaments. A well fitted and correctly aligned Motocross Knee Brace will stay in place to give control and protection exactly where it’s needed on impact.

If you think you require a Motocross Knee Brace, we can arrange a consultation to discuss your needs in detail and determine your individual requirements. The consultation includes:

  • A consideration of the CTi Knee Braces range and recommendation of a brace which fits your personal circumstances.
  • Advice and information on how your brace will protect you during motocross.
  • Measurement and fitting of the brace to ensure optimum comfort and effective treatment.
  • Instruction on how to use your brace, look after it and prolong its lifespan.

 

Donjoy Knee Brace

The sport of skiing is known for having to endure extreme weather conditions and descending at extremely fast speeds. As a result, there is a lot of pressure on the knees of skier. To protect against these extreme internal forces and protect the ligaments, a DonJoy Knee Brace works to reduce the pressure on the knee during high energy sports and cases of Knee Osteoarthritis. Our DonJoy Knee Brace range off-loads the medial or lateral compartments within the knee, with load adjustment technology to allow you to alter your brace to our personal requirements.

Our DonJoy Knee Brace range includes:

 

Donjoy Armor FourcePoint Knee Brace:

  • The new Armor FourcePoint™ design combines a strong lightweight aircraft quality aluminium frame and the first low profile FourcePoint™ hinge with a protective steel outer plate.
  • By combining 2 patented DonJoy technologies, the 4-Points-of-Leverage™ and FourcePoint™ hinge technology, the new Armor FourcePoint™ provides one of the most powerful clinically-proven solutions to protect the ACL.
  • The Lo Pro Hinge with Steel Outer Plate is the thinnest yet toughest hinge available, able to withstand the impacts of contact or extreme sports and the 4-Points-of-Leverage™ System significantly reduces strain on the ACL.
  • The DonJoy Low Profile FourcePoint™ Hinge dampens knee extension by decelerating the limb and causing increased flexion angle, thus reducing time spent in full extension or in the “at risk” angle range.

 

The OA Nano DonJoy Brace:

  • For unicompartment osteoarthritis of the knee.
  • The OA Nano uses material science with innovation to create high-tech functional comfort in a lightweight design. The flexibility of the magnesium frame allows for an intimate fit while the revolutionary Nano MAG material provides strength to off-load and provide pain relief. OA Nano, for mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis (OA), is designed for people to stay active and move freely, making patient compliance a reality.
  • Revolutionary in weight and profile, OA Nano™ offers industry-leading high-tech comfort and pain relief, ensuring that patients will benefit from the advanced technologies available within this safe, non-invasive treatment option.
  • Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis today have the opportunity to treat their pain and stabilize their knees with non-invasive, non-addictive treatment options. With the launch of OA Nano™, the world’s lightest* knee brace at 400 grams, OA patients can take advantage of the same technology used by the world class athletes DonJoy is known for treating.

OA Nano is intended for mild to moderate uni-compartment osteoarthritis. Many adults age 25 and older have Osteoarthritis (OA), a number expected to increase with longer life expectancies, the obesity epidemic, and the approaching wave of baby boomers reaching retirement age.Donjoy Knee Brace

Supporting this prediction, nearly one in two people may develop symptomatic knee OA by age 85 and half of all adults will develop symptomatic OA of the knee at some point in their lives.

  • By 2030, a projected 67 million people will have doctor-diagnosed arthritis.
  • Two of every three obese adults are at risk of developing OA.

If you think you require a DonJoy Knee Brace, we can arrange a consultation to discuss your needs in detail and determine your individual requirements. The consultation includes:

  • A consideration of the DonJoy Knee Braces range and recommendation of a brace which fits your personal circumstances.
  • Advice and information on how your DonJoy Knee Brace will protect you.
  • Measurement and fitting of the brace to ensure optimum comfort and effective treatment.
  • Instruction on how to use your brace, look after it and prolong its lifespan.

 

Medi Knee Brace

Medi is a company whose watchword is, “Medi. I feel better.”, which reflects their view as a partner to everyone who needs medical aids.

With their products and technologies, their aim is to make people’s lives easier, better, and more comfortable by meeting the different needs of all of their customers.

The quote, “I feel better”, is a promise that becomes a reality with Medi, because they offer indication-specific and effective product solutions to the highest standards with products and technologies are always at the cutting edge of development.

Technology in Motion is delighted to offer great ligament and osteoarthritis bracing from Medi, along with our other ranges.

Medi M.4 Ligament Brace Range:

Indications

  • ACL or PCL rupture, in isolation or with secondary injuries (collateral ligament and/or meniscus lesion),
  • Severe instability
  • Complex rupture of the collateral ligament and/or partial cruciate rupture or overstretch
  • Severe collateral ligament instability with meniscus lesion
  • Cruciate ligament reconstruction/repair (ACL or PCL rupture, in isolation or with secondary injuries)
  • Meniscus refixation in pre-existing instability of the knee joint

Brace Actions

  • Optimal stabilisation using 4-point principle to limit anterior and posterior tibial glide
  • Collateral ligament stabilisation
  • Prevention of hyperextension through limitation of range of motion with adjustable physioglide hinge
  • Reduction of medial rotation

Features

  • ‘S’ profile improves torsional stability whilst following natural alignment of femur and tibia
  • Physioglide hinges closely mimic natural roll/glide movement of knee joint
  • ‘Anatomically’ premoulded frame
  • Strong, low profile, light weight frame and hinge construction
  • Numbered straps ensure a simple fastening sequence
  • Air supra condyle pad minimises migration
  • Clip-on hinge cover allows easy access to adjust range of flexion/extension
  • Excellent comfort with new soft-grip padding material
  • Variable extension, flexion limitation and immobilisation

M.4®s OA Knee Brace:

4-point knee orthosis for control of anterior and posterior tibial translation. 3-point off-loader for varus or valgus pressure relief.

Indications

  • Conservative treatment of complex ligament instability, particularly in combination with unilateral osteoarthritis
  • Conservative treatment of advanced unilateral osteoarthritis
  • Post-operative pressure relief and compartmental protection after fractures of the tibial head,cartilage surgery, meniscus refixation, correction osteotomy
  • Instability of the cruciate ligaments with pressure relief of the medial or lateral compartment
  • For functional pre or post-operative care of knee instabilities

Brace Action

  • Protection, stabilisation, pain relief and restoration of mobility
  • Pressure relief of the medial or lateral joint compartment by the 3-point principle which off loads the affected compartment into a varus or valgus position
  • Stabilisation of the knee joint by the 4-point principle to counteract knee instability, a cause of osteoarthritis
  • Safeguards against hyper-extension and offers limitation of flexion and extension

Features

  • ‘S’ profile improves torsional stability whilst following natural alignment of femur and tibia
  • Hinges proximal to knee joint allow precise off loading of the knee
  • Polycentric hinges
  • Anatomically premoulded frame
  • Strong, low profile, light weight frame and hinge construction
  • Numbered straps ensure a simple fastening sequence
  • Air condyle pads with skin-grip system
  • Excellent comfort with new soft-grip padding material
  • Extension, flexion limitation and immobilisation

M.4 AGR Knee Brace:

Functional brace for genu recurvatum and knee hyper-extension pathologies.

AGR has a progressive dampening mechanism that decelerates the knee joint movement during the extension phase of gait. This lessens the impact on the posterior capsule and facilitates the prevention of further injury and aids natural gait.

A unique combination of medi’s patented physioglide hinge which mimics the natural roll and glide of the knee, and different density stops provides a bespoke solution to aid individual patients’ biomechanics. At 30 degrees extension the absorption system is mechanically initiated and the decrease in extension velocity commences.

Indications

  • Genu recurvatum and knee hyper-extension pathologies

Brace action

  • Progressive absorption system lessens the impact on the knee joint surface during the final extension phase while walking

Features

  • Polycentric physioglide hinges based on the principle of 4-chain linkage
  • Low profile, light weight frame and hinge construction
  • Easy to position
  • Anatomically shaped version
  • Physioglide hinge ensures that the knee brace moves correctly and naturally with the knee movement
  • Ability to predefine the absorption load
  • Ability to regulate flexion and extension
  • Provides anterior tibial support, aids pressure distribution
  • Free popliteal area

For more information on our Medi Knee Brace ranges, call 0330 100 1800.