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Dorset County Hospital FT: A Service Evaluation of the Use of Using Offloading Knee Braces in the Treatment Pathway of Knee Osteoarthritis During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Following the cancellation of elective surgery, 257 patients were awaiting a total knee replacement in Dorset County Hospital’s waiting list. An audit was created to supply appropriate unloader braces to a portion of this population and to assess whether this could be an effective solution to keep patients active, reduce pain and improve quality of life in lieu of the standard surgical intervention. With follow-ups at six weeks and six months, a significant improvement in symptoms and quality of Life were found, which will inform the treatment pathway for unilateral knee osteoarthritis during and following the pandemic.

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