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What is the Unloader Moment?

The Unloader Moment is defined as the moment the Unloader One brace is fitted to a person suffering from knee pain for the first time and seeing their instant reaction and amazement. Dr Sheila Strover met with Össur at an educational meeting and after a number of discussions about the benefits of the Unloader One challenged Össur to demonstrate the knee brace in action.

In May 2014 filming took place under the supervision of a clinician as well as being witnessed by Dr Sheila Strover from KNEEguru, a website dedicated to offering learning resources pertaining to the knee joint.

The Interviews

A total of eight people were brought together to review the Unloader One, with four people having had experience of using the brace and four individuals who would be completely new to it. The purpose of the experiment was to demonstrate the benefits of the brace, both from an existing user perspective and the immediate effects from wearing it for the very first time i.e. that Unloader Moment.

All the interviews and the new-patient fittings were conducted by Lisa Williams BSc of Cardiff UK. Lisa has her own physiotherapy clinic in Cardiff.

Each week we will be discussing a different video where you can find out more about the patient, their experience prior to wearing the Unloader One and the effects it has had on their lifestyle thereafter.

What to look out for?

We invite you to share in the ‘Unloader Moment’ on Facebook and twitter using #unloadermoment to share your story and view others.

Knee Guru

Dr Sheila Strover is the founder of the KNEEguru website. Although not a knee surgeon, she has a sound understanding of knee surgery and rehabilitation acquired during her years as an anaesthetist, a knee clinic director, and a knee foundation director.