2554 / KNEE BRACE - HINGED BARS

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The OTC 2554 knee brace is a heavy duty, controlled stretch support that provides protection and added stability for post-surgical recovery, or for individuals with a history of joint instability. The rigid hinged metal bars provide excellent side-to-side support, yet allow for free flexion and extension. The elastic sleeve supports the entire knee area and helps reduce painful swelling. This is an excellent product for everyday activities like mild exercise and walking.


Indications Listed Below


• Heavy-duty, breathable elastic fabric provides firm, comfortable support

 

• Lightweight rigid metal hinged bars provide excellent medial-lateral control and allow for free flexion and extension


• Thigh and calf encircling straps are reversible and adjustable to help brace maintain its proper position throughout the day



Product Features

CIRCULAR KNIT MATERIAL

Circular Knit

Heavy duty circular knit, seamless design provides firm, comfortable support and does not irritate the skin. 
HINGED BARS

Hinged Bars

Lightweight rigid metal hinged bars provide excellent medial-lateral control and allow for free flexion and extension

ENCIRCLING STRAPS

Encircling straps

Thigh and calf encircling straps are reversible and adjustable to help brace maintain its proper position throughout the day

How to Measure for and Apply Knee Brace

SIZEMEASURE AROUND THE BEND OF THE KNEE
X-SMALL9.5"- 11.5" (24.1 - 29.2 CM)
SMALL11.5"- 13" (29.2 - 33 CM)
MEDIUM13"- 14.75" (33 - 37.5 CM)
LARGE14.75"- 16.5" (37.5 - 41.9 CM)
X-LARGE16.5"- 18.57" (41.9 - 47 CM)
2X-LARGE18.5"- 21" (47 - 53.3 CM)
3X-LARGE21"- 23.5" (53.3 - 59.7 CM)
KNEE BRACE MEASUREMENT LOCATION

Measuring Instructions

A. Measure around the bend of the knee


Application Instructions

Brace is set for wear on the right knee. If worn on the left, reverse the order of the encircling straps. 


1. Remove the hinged bars from their casings and shape them to the medial and lateral contours of the knee. 


2. Reinsert the bars into the casings. The longer hinged bar should be positioned at top, and the round rivet head facing the outside. 


3. Slip the brace up over the knee until the pivot of the hinge is in line with the bend of the knee. Fasten encircling straps snug. 


4. When properly applied, the brace 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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