Functional Capacity Evaluations
Ottawa Physiotherapy and Sport Clinics measures and fits custom knee braces for ligament instability and osteoarthritis (OA).
Functional knee braces are useful in rehabilitation following ligamentous knee injuries and ACL reconstruction. They offer control of knee rotation and anteroposterior joint shifting. Unloader braces are designed to provide pain relief for OA sufferers by reducing the weight on the affected knee compartment. Studies generally show that unloader braces diminish pain, increase walking tolerance, provide better function and may delay the need for knee replacement surgery.
Knee braces should only be used in conjunction with a rehabilitation program that incorporates strength and balance training, flexibility, activity modification and technique refinement. This service is offered at all three of our clinics, the Barrhaven physiotherapy, Orleans physiotherapy and Westboro physiotherapy locations.
Most insurance carriers reimburse for this level of evaluation by a Physiotherapist.