Össur Custom OA Knee Braces; Skiing-Snowboarding Injuries

Episode 14.40 with Hosts Steve Kashul and Dr. Brian Cole. Broadcasting on ESPN Chicago 1000 WMVP-AM Radio, Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:00 AM/c.

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Segment One:

Retired High School Principal Ken Robke from Boulder Colorado talks about the osteoarthritis is his knee and how the CTi OA knee brace and the Unloader One knee brace from Össur help him to stay active: surfing, skiing, wake boarding hiking, golfing and during light runs.

CTi® OA

CTi® OA’s composite shells can be constructed with up to 7˚ of varus or valgus correction, offering a high level of protection and stability for clinicians interested in treating osteoarthritis and ligament instability equally. Key features include a Total Support System, Accutrac® hinges that mimic the natural motion of the knee joint and breathable liners, coated with Össur® Sensil® Silicone to improve efficacy and virtually eliminate migration.

  • Mild to severe unicompartmental osteoarthritis
  • ACL, MCL, LCL, PCL, rotary and combined instabilities
  • Vapor model for low to medium impact levels
  • Standard model for medium to high impact levels
  • Pro Sport model for highest impact levels

Unloader One® Custom

Unloader One® is a comfortable, lightweight, low-profile brace that provides excellent suspension and unloading leverage. This lightweight brace preserves the clinically-proven Össur® Unloader 3-Points of Leverage design by incorporating Dual Dynamic Force Straps that are easily fine-tuned via a Dynamic Force Control System. Color-coded Quick Fit Buckles simplify application and removal, while flexible shells and breathable liners, coated with Össur Sensil® Silicone, improve comfort and reduce migration, helping to ensure patient compliance. Recent research demonstrates that Unloader One reduces pain, improves function and decreases the use of pain medication.

  • Mild to severe unicompartmental osteoarthritis
  • Unicompartmental knee conditions requiring load reduction, such as Articular Cartilage Defect Repair, Avascular Necrosis, or Tibial Plateau Fracture
  • Thigh circumferences of 13.5” to 29” (34.3cm to 73.5cm) and calf circumferences of 9.8” to 24” (24.9cm to 61.5cm)
  • All non-contact activities

The Making of a Truly Custom Össur Knee Brace

Segment Two:

Maria Kronk, PT, MPT, CMPT, SCS Area Manager for Accelerated Rehab Oak Park/River Forest, discusses Common Ski/Snowboard injuries-Injury Prevention and Training tips.

Ms. Kronk has been a practicing physical therapist for 11 years.  She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science in 2002 and her Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy in 2004 from Saint Louis University. Ms. Kronk graduated from the Minnesota Sports Medicine Physical Therapy Residency Program in 2005 and became an APTA Board Certified Specialist in Sports in 2006.

Ms. Kronk is a Certified Manual Physical Therapist from the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy and is certified in Dry Needling Trigger Point Release. Maria’s favorite winter hobbies are skiing and snowboarding, and was a ski instructor at Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area in Bloomington, MN.

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