Until the development of the Guardian Knee REHABILITATOR™ System, many patients lost strength when relying on a knee brace for support and protection. More importantly, no clinical evidence exists to suggest that current functional knee braces have the ability to strengthen the weakened leg during brace use. The REHABILITATOR™ System represents a significant advancement in knee bracing.
Guardian REHABILITATORS™ strengthen the affected leg during brace wear such that the affected leg is clinically strengthened, gait is restored and significant clinical benefits carry over UNBRACED after just 90 days of brace wear. This system of knee braces is an alternative to functional knee braces and has significant prehabiitation and rehabilitation benefits, dramatically improving patient outcome in as little as 90 days.
With disease such as knee OA or injury / surgery of the knee the affected leg(s) may become weakened. Gait is negatively affected and the movement inside the knee joint can become altered, causing an increase in joint wear and tear over time. Traditional functional unloaders or support braces do not address leg weakening or gait alterations and have been suspected of actually contributing to leg weakness.
Guardian Knee Braces are the ONLY CLINICALLY PROVEN braces to significantly delay the progression of knee OA, demonstrate significant improvements in patient leg strength, pain relief and patient gait after only 90 days of wear. All improvements were measured UNBRACED. Use of the OA REHABILITATOR™ was found to be more effective that physical exercise programs alone in the conservative management of knee OA.
The Rehabiliator™ Line
Guardian Brace features the innovative Rehabilitator™ line of gait correcting, leg strengthening braces. Rehabilitator™ Knee Braces are clinically proven to reduce UNBRACED pain, strengthen the affected leg, and significantly improve function after only 90 days of brace wear.
The OA Rehabilitator™ delays the progression of knee Osteoarthritis more effectively than exercise alone while reversing unwanted unbraced forces in the knee joint. The Sport Rehabilitator™ can be used to prehabilitate a weakened leg prior to Total Knee Replacement surgery and to accelerate recovery and improve patient outcomes. Additionally, the Sport Rehabilitator™ accelerates recovery from knee injury / surgery by up to 50%. The Sport EXT Rehabilitator™ effectively reverses post op extension deficits by lengthening shortened tissue and strengthening the quadriceps muscles as the patient walks.
The PCL Rehabilitator™ offers superior support and stability while re-establishing a normal gait pattern to strengthen weakened leg muscles and accelerate recovery. The Elite AFO Rehabilitator™ provides dorsiflexion and lower leg extension dynamic assist while facilitating muscle activation in the affected let to promote muscle re-learning. The Elite AFO Rehabilitator™ combined with the Sport Rehabilitator™, provide effective Hemiplegic gait orthotic therapy.
Ideal carbon fiber AFO dynamic ankle / foot dorsi-assist and lower leg extension assist therapy for correcting foot drop and improving gait. The Elite™ AFO Rehabilitator™ has a unique flexible footplate design that provides a slight gait correcting upwards “pop” at toe off to facilitate hip and knee flexion and discourage hip circumduction in gait. The unique gait correcting actions of the Elite™ AFO Rehabilitator™ facilitate improvements in gait both braced and unbraced over time.
Ideal EXTENDED (18 inch) double upright knee brace with active swing assist to effectively reverse post-surgical extension deficit / flexion contractures of 10 degrees or more. Strategically positioned pneumatic air bladders at the thigh and calf when inflated reduce knee joint subluxation caused by hamstring shortening. Air bladders at the knee when inflated provide gentle joint compression and medial, lateral, and rotational support of the knee joint. Adjustable swing assist provides active extension “glide” stretch therapy as the patient walks. Improved extension in gait increases quadriceps firing significantly strengthening the leg over time. Sport EXT therapy is the only extension deficit / flexion contracture therapy that normalizes gait and simultaneously strengthens the quads while it lengthens the hamstrings.
Ideal for ACL, MCL, LCL ligament injury / surgery rehabilitation; Mild to Moderate Knee OA and TKA PREHABILITATON
ACL, MCL, LCL ligament injury / surgery rehabilitation that provides medial, lateral, and rotational support of the knee joint while accelerating recovery by up to 50%.
Polycentric ROM hinges can be used to control knee flexion / extension as needed. Pneumatic air bladder system provides excellent support of the knee joint. Air bladder knee compression assists in controlling knee pain and inflammation. Swing assist eliminates quadriceps avoidance gait and strengthens that quadriceps muscles during gait to accelerate recovery. Post injury/ surgery recovery can be accelerated by as much as 50%
Ideal ambulating dynamic assist therapy for Hemiplegic gait correction that combines the Elite™ AFO Rehabilitator™ with the Sport Rehabilitator™ Knee Brace.
The Elite AFO provides a dynamic dorsi-assist at toe off to effectively treat foot drop. The flexible design of the Elite flexible footplate generates a slight upwards “pop” at toe off to facilitate hip and knee flexion while reducing hip circumduction. The Sport Rehabilitator™ Knee applied over the AFO has an active swing assist to improve lower leg extension, facilitating improved excitation of the quadriceps muscles as the patient walks. The pneumatic air bladder system at the knee joint provides medial, lateral, and rotational support at the knee while creating significant sensorimotor excitation to assist in volitional control of the leg. Patients should use the AFO at all times, and wear the knee brace when active to capture as many biomechanically improved steps as possible to improve both braced and unbraced gait over time. Repeated use improves gait biomechanics, builds leg strength, increases endurance, and many patients are able to transition from room to room ambulators to community ambulators. Hemiplegic gait orthotic therapy candidates should be able to walk 100 steps with or without assistance to optimize Elite AFO / Sport Rehabilitator™ “Combo” therapy.
Ideal double upright OA knee unloader knee brace that is clinically proven to delay the progression of knee OA more effectively than exercise alone. Pneumatic air bladder system unloads the OA knee. Swing assist improves gait and facilitates increased quadriceps and hamstring activation strengthening the OA leg as the patient walks in the brace. Low profile design (12 inches long) combined with semi-rigid frame and rotating thigh cuff enhance brace comfort and eliminates brace migration. ROM polycentric hinges can provide extension / flexion control if needed.
Ideal double upright – PCL ligament injury / surgery knee brace with an adjustable posterior air bladder at the calf that when inflated provides an anterior directed force to reduce the load on the PCL ligament. Pneumatic air bladders at the knee joint provide medial, lateral, and rotational support of the knee. Swing assist eliminates quadriceps avoidance gait to strengthen the weakened leg post injury / surgery to accelerate recovery by up to 50%. Polycentric ROM hinges can be used to control knee flexion / extension as needed. Air bladder knee compression assists in controlling knee pain and inflammation.