Can the use of proprioceptive knee braces have implications in the management of
osteoarthritic knees: An exploratory study
Tariq A Kwaees, Jim Richards1, Gill Rawlinson1,
Charalambos Panayiotou Charalambous and Ambreen Chohan
Background: Use of proprioceptive knee braces to control symptomology by altering neuromuscular control mechanisms
has been shown in patellofemoral pain. Although their potential in patients with knee osteoarthritis is vast, little research
has examined their efficacy.
Objectives: This study examines the effect of a proprioceptive knee brace on lower limb kinematics and kinetics in healthy
participants and in participants with OA.
Methods: Thirteen healthy participants were asked to perform a 10-cm step-down task with and without a proprioceptive
brace. Data were collected using a 10-camera Qualisys system. Individuals with osteoarthritis completed the Knee injury
and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score before and after 4 weeks of intervention.