Hard frame orthosis or soft orthosis after a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)? Both provide stabilization, but SofTec Genu offers an improved physiological gait, as demonstrated by a new comparative study on the flexible knee orthosis conducted by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
The findings of this randomized, controlled study have now been published online in the open access journal Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology in the article “Effect of Different Knee Braces in ACL-Deficient Patients”. To determine the effect of the orthoses on the kinematics of the knee joint, patients with a torn cruciate ligament that had not been operated were asked to perform complex movement tasks. These included running on a track with a base plate that tilted suddenly and running with rapid directional changes of 180 degrees (180° cutting). The measurements showed that the soft orthosis SofTec Genu provided the same level of stabilization as a classical hard frame orthosis. In comparison, it provided better support for the physiological gait during certain movement tasks: "Therefore, for moderate intensity movement tasks with mainly frontal plane knee loading, the soft brace seems to be able to stabilize ACL relevant peak abduction with a lesser impact on physiological gait compared to the rigid brace."
The SofTec Genu knee orthosis stabilizes the knee according to the 4-point principle and actively supports it during movement with the muscle-activating effect of the special compression knit. It is suitable for use in the event of complex instabilities after ligament injuries and meniscus problems. The hinges of the orthosis adjust to the individual axis of rotation and promote a natural sequence of movement. Extension and flexion can be limited in 10° increments in line with therapeutic requirements.