Bakersfield, Calif-based Townsend Design announces the launch of the Active Reliever, which it describes in a news release as a soft shell single-upright osteoarthritis (OA) knee brace. The brace is designed to relieve pain by reducing load on the side of the injured or progressively degenerated knee.

Features include a sewn-in integrated semi-rigid frame and quick-release buckles, as well as a counterforce tensioning strap and a low-profile Townsend Motion hinge that tracks with the knee’s roll-and-glide movement, according to a company press release.

The company notes in its release that the Active Reliever employs similar technology and concepts as its flagship Rebel Rouser double upright rigid OA knee brace, but in a soft shell configuration. This way, the release continues, the company anticipates that the Active Reliever will increase compliance among a broader patient demographic that may be reluctant to wear a rigid brace.

“Decompressive bracing continues to gain momentum as a conservative treatment option for men and women who are compromised by knee injuries and degenerative conditions,” Rick Riley, CEO of Townsend Design, says in the release.

“Through the release of the Active Reliever and other products in our development pipeline,” he continues, “we’re increasing our focus on wearable designs that apply alignment-enhancing and off-loading corrective forces to the leg to reduce pain and increase patient mobility.”

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[Source: Townsend Design, PR Newswire]