The Bledsoe Thruster RLF Arthritis Knee Brace is clinically proven to provide effective pain relief. It uses muscle power to place a medially or laterally directed force against the knee during terminal extension to help relieve pain for moderate to severe single compartment osteoarthritis. Unlike other arthritis knee brace products the Bledsoe Thruster hinge is designed to provide up to 36 degrees of brace angulation compared to a typical unloader design that allows between 3-10 degrees of varus/valgus thrust capability. The brace is capable of unloading knee joints for people with excessive soft tissue. It has comfortable padding underneath the frame making it ideal for wearing underneath clothing, as well as, a tacky calf strap that's designed to reduce brace slippage. The hinge is also set more posteriorly than the original Bledsoe Thruster model to reduce rotation of the brace that occurs with the increase of the varus/ valgus unloading affect on the knee. The overcenter buckles are similar to those found in ski boots - the easiest to operate. The Bledsoe Thruster RLF has an easy adjustment dial (pictured below) for pain relief. Just push in and turn the dial, with the leg in a bent knee position. The patient can increase or decrease the the hinge effect by simply turning the dial. Bledsoe is proudly made in the USA!
Bledsoe Thruster RLF Arthritis Knee Brace Features:
- Four point system for unloading the knee joint for greater effectiveness.
- Provides up to 36 degrees of correction.
- New strap saddle maximizes circumferential support by preventing strap indentation into the soft tissue. This enhances force and keeps the leg coupled to the hinge.
- Easy adjustment dial (pictured above) for pain relief. Just push in and turn the dial with the leg in flexion for the desired amount of relief.
- Unique new buckle closure system, borrowed from the ski industry...over-center buckles.
- Requires less effort and hand strength to operate the buckles.
- The unique arthritis knee brace design eliminates the rolling of the brace that is common in other brace designs during flexion of the knee
- Ideally suited for patients with maximum redundant soft tissue.
- Available in XS through XXXL sizes - please see our sizing chart tab above for complete measuring guidelines.
- Right and left knee specific.
- Choose Medial to relieve pain on the inside aspect of the knee (medial compartment) and Lateral: for relieving pain on the outside aspect of the knee (lateral compartment).
- Also available in two versions: Standard (for individuals 5'7" and taller or Short for people 5'6" and shorter. An "Athletic" calf is also available - for a leg that is contoured with a smaller calf circumference. Be sure to see our sizing chart tab above for specifics
Available Colors: Black.
Recommended Manufacturer HCPC Code: L1843
The Bledsoe Thruster RLF arthritis knee brace may be used for:
- Medial or Lateral Unicompartmental Osteoarthritis.
- Delaying osteotomy or total joint procedures.
- To increase daily walking time while increasing activities.
- To aid in slowing the progression of the condition.
- Post-operative or post-injury applications following lateral and postero-lateral injuries to the connective tissues of the knee to help relieve stress on these healing structures.
- Sizing chart
Bledsoe Thruster RLF OA Knee Braces actually change their side angle and thrust force with knee motion. This allows much greater side angle thrust (up to 36 degrees) than fixed angle adjustment designs..
In a 2005 research study comparing different medial unloader products, the Bledsoe Thruster RLF was found to unload the medial compartment the greatest amount during the stance phase of an individual's walk where the most compression of joint surfaces takes place. In tests, the Thruster RLF opened the damaged knee compartment in over 78% of patients and relieved pain in an even higher percentage
- Does a great job for my knee
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Bledsoe believes that the best way for you to select and purchase a Bledsoe brace is at one of its authorized online stores of which DME-Direct is one. Only in these stores can you be sure to find the latest Bledsoe collection and ensure you are getting a genuine Bledsoe product with the manufacturer's full warranty.
Bledsoe therefore recommends that you do not purchase a Bledsoe item through any website, unless it is an authorized Bledsoe dealer.
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