2543 / ORTHOTEX KNEE STABILIZER - HINGED BARS

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The OTC 2543 knee stabilizer is made from Orthotex fabric, an open 3-dimensional knit that is a non-latex alternative to neoprene. It offers breathability, elasticity, therapeutic compression, comfort and heat control. It is less hot than neoprene, thus appropriate for long term wear or wear in warm climates, and ideal for wearers who are allergic to or irritated by neoprene fabric.


Indications Listed Below


• Open cell foam Orthotex material is breathable and allows for comfortable long-term wear

 

• Multidirectional stretch material provides even compression over the anatomical prominences of the joint


• Multi-function neoprene buttress surrounds kneecap and provides compression and stabilization. Slits on interior of buttress cover allows for a wide range of adjustability


• Polycentric hinged bars with flexion and extension stops, provide rigid medial-lateral stability, yet flex and extend naturally with the joint


• Upper and lower hook-and-loop encircling straps maintain stabilizer in correct position; straps are adjustable and removable


• Sheer mesh elastic opening over back of knee minimizes binding, enhances wearing comfort


•  Latex free



Product Features

ORTHOTEX MATERIAL

orthotex material

Open cell foam Orthotex material is breathable and allows for comfortable long-term wear.  

NEOPRENE BUTTRESS

neoprene buttress

Multi-function neoprene buttress surrounds kneecap and provides compression and stabilization. Slits on interior of buttress cover allows for a wide range of adjustability.

hook-and-loop encircling straps

Easy Adjustment

Upper and lower hook-and-loop encircling straps maintain stabilizer in correct position; straps are adjustable and removable
HINGED BARS

Hinged Bars

Polycentric hinged bars with flexion and extension stops, provide rigid medial-lateral stability, yet flex and extend naturally with the joint


How to Measure for and Apply Knee Stabilizer

SIZEMEASURE AROUND THE BEND OF THE KNEE
SMALL15” – 16” (38.1 - 40.6 CM)
MEDIUM16” – 18” (40.6 – 45.7 CM)
LARGE18” – 20” (45.7 – 50.8 CM)
X-LARGE20” – 22” (50.8 – 55.9 CM)
2X-LARGE22” – 24” (55.9 – 61.0 CM)
3X-LARGE24” – 26” (61.0 – 66.0 CM)
4X-LARGE26” – 28” (66.0 – 71.1 cm)
KNEE STABILIZER MEASURING LOCATION

Measuring Instructions

A. Measure around the bend of the knee

Application Instructions

1. Brace is set for wear on the right knee. To wear on the left, reverse the order of the encircling straps. Remove the hinged bars from their casings and shape them to the medial and lateral contours of the knee. Reinsert the bars into the casings.


2. Slip the support up and over the knee until the opening in the front is aligned over the kneecap (patella). Fasten encircling straps snug. When properly applied, the support should fit snug but not so tight that it deeply depresses the skin.


Medical Applications

Review the accompanying chart to determine the product that best suits your needs. On the left, you will find a variety of injuries that OTC products are specifically designed to treat and prevent. On the top, you will find the product numbers of all OTC Knee braces, supports, and stabilizers. If a red box is present where the column and row intersect, your injury is treated by the associated product.

014101420143014403060308030903100311031203140315032699109916241624222425243524362540254125422553255525432544254525462548254925502554
Arthritis
Bursitis
Compression & Support
Collateral Ligament Support
Cruciate Ligament Support
Joint Weakness
Hamstring Strain or Injury
Heat Reduction
Inflammation
Lateral Pressure Syndrome
Lateral Patella Syndrome
Medial/Lateral Cartilage Support
Medial/Lateral Instability
Medial Collateral Ligament Rupture
Meniscus Injury
Osgood Schlatter Syndrome
Osteoarthritis
Patellar Misalignment/Instability
Patellar Tendon Sprains and Strains
Patellar Tendonitis
Patellar Fracture or Dislocation
Patellar Tendon Rupture
Post-Operative Rehabilitation
Post-Trauma Discomfort
Quadriceps Tendonitis
Quadriceps Rupture
Runner's Knee/Chondromalachia
Sprains and Strains
Thigh Pain
Traumatic Knee Injuries

CRUCIATE AND COLLATERAL LIGAMENT INJURIES

The conditions shown below may not be treated by the product listed on this page. Please view the above Medical Applications Chart to determine what conditions this page's associated product treats.

ACL Injuries

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) helps maintain knee stability by preventing the tibia (shin bone) from sliding forward beneath the femur (thigh bone). It can be injured in any number of ways, for example: changing direction rapidly, slowing down while running, landing from a jump, and direct injury (such as in a football tackle). 

ACL INJURY ILLUSTRATION
SYMPTOMS

• A “popping”sound noted when injured 

• Knee swelling within 6 hours 

• Joint instability 

• Pain on the medial (inner) side of the knee

PCL Injuries

Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injuries disrupt knee joint stability because the tibia can sag backwards. The PCL is usually injured by hyperextension (overextending the knee), or a direct blow to the flexed knee (the position of the knee when you bend the leg).

PCL INJURY ILLUSTRATION
SYMPTOMS

• Knee swelling and tenderness in the space behind the knee (popliteal fossa) 

• Joint instability 

• Joint pain

MCL Injuries

The medial collateral ligament (MCL) is located at the inner side the knee joint. The MCL connects the femur to the tibia and provides stability to the inner side of the knee. Injuries to the MCL are usually caused by contact on the inside of the knee. 

MCL INJURY ILLUSTRATION
SYMPTOMS

• Sharp pain on the medial side (inside) of the knee

LCL Injuries

The lateral collateral ligament (LCL) is located at the outer side of the knee joint. The LCL connects the femur to the lateral bone in the lower leg, the fibula, and stabilizes the outer side. Injuries to the LCL are usually caused by contact to the outside of the knee.

LCL INJURY ILLUSTRATION
SYMPTOMS

• Pain and tenderness along the outside of the kneecap (patella)

• Possible swelling 

• Chronic pain and weakness


KNEE ANATOMY

SOFT TISSUES OF THE KNEE ANATOMY ILLUSTRATION

soft tissues of the knee

A. Quadriceps Muscles

The large muscle group found in front of the thigh that traverses the femur and terminates at the supra-patellar tendon. The quadriceps muscles allow the knee to extend or straighten out.

B. Supra-Patellar Tendon

Attaches to the quadriceps muscles to the patella (kneecap).

C. Menisci (Medial and Lateral Meniscus)

Fibrous cartilage pads that distribute weight and provide a smooth surface for the joint to move on.

D. Infra-Patellar Tendon

Attaches the tibia to the patella.

LIGAMENTS OF THE KNEE ANATOMY ILLUSTRATION

Ligaments of the knee

A. PCL (Posterior Cruciate Ligament)

Attaches at the back of the tibia and the front of the femur. Prevents dislocation of the femur in a forward direction.

B. MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament)

Connects the femur to the tibia and provides stability to the inner side of the knee.

C. ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament)

Attaches at the back of the femur and the front of the tibia. Limits rotation and forward movement of the tibia.

D. LCL (Lateral Collateral Ligament)

Connects the femur to the fibula and stabilizes the outer side of the knee.


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