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SecuTec OA knee orthosis Perfect fit for gonarthrosis

Issue 02/2018

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Through its targeted relief and stabilization of the knee joint , the new SecuTec OA knee orthosis allows patients with moderate to advanced gonarthrosis regain their mobility. It does this by means of systematic adaptation to a patient’s anatomical conditions.

The adjustable condylar pads and …
The adjustable condylar pads and …

The SecuTec OA knee orthosis provides relief to the knee for patients suffering from either lateral or medial gonarthrosis, as its anatomically contoured hard-frame design with adjustable lower leg frames enables adjustment of both varus and valgus settings in one product. On the basis of image-based diagnostics and the patient’s pain symptoms, the orthosis offers the possibility of customized gonarthrosis treatment: in the varus setting, the SecuTec OA provides targeted relief for the lateral compartment of the knee, while the valgus setting relieves the medial compartment. Through its ability to influence the leg axis, the orthosis allows pressure to be distributed to joint surfaces exposed to less strain, whereby the cartilage layer is also protected against wear. With SecuTec OA, pressure (varus or valgus) is distributed gently along the lower leg. Hinges on the lower leg frame enable continuous adjustment of up to 25 degrees. This means that leg axis misalignments can be taken into account and targeted as well when the product is adjusted.

Comfortable relief

… self-adjusting calf shell ensure a comfortable fit.
… self-adjusting calf shell ensure a comfortable fit.

The special thing about SecuTec OA is that it relieves strain on the lateral or medial compartment of the knee according to the 3-point principle, without reducing the distance between the hinges of the orthosis. In other words, the knee joint is not additionally constricted. Thanks to its non-elastic Velcro straps, SecuTec OA also stabilizes the knee joint according to the 4-point principle, counteracting anterior and posterior instability.
The straps contain removable Velcro microfiber cushions and are secured to the leg with practical quick-fit fasteners. The patented adaptive calf shell with a self-regulating inclination angle and anatomically contoured gel condylar pads ensures a secure and comfortable fit of the orthosis. Additionally, insertable wedges enable precise adjustment of the condylar pads to extend the contact surface at the side of the knee for optimum pressure distribution, while at the same time reducing pressure peaks. The orthosis frames for the upper and the lower leg can be combined in different sizes depending on the patient’s leg circumference. If flexion and extension are to be limited, or if immobilization in different angles is required, the orthosis hinges with optional wedges can be adjusted without any need for tools.

Core competence: the knee

The SecuTec OA’s relieving effect helps reduce pain and thus improve mobility in cases of moderate to severe lateral or medial osteoarthritis of the knee (grades III to IV). Patients can walk for an extended length of time again without much pain, and it may then be possible to delay endoprosthetic surgery in some cases. When used in a postoperative setting following a meniscus suturing or cartilage transplant , the knee orthosis supports healing processes to achieve the best possible results

Images: Bauerfeind


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