A common isolated sporting injury is the tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) within the knee joint. Sudden changes of direction or an unusual angle when landing are common occurrences that result in this injury. The combination of full leg extension and rotational movement put excessive force on this ligament causing it to tear. While a high number of professional players sustain ACL injuries, it is also very common among casual and recreational athletes.
Treatment requires reconstruction surgery to replace and repair this ligament. Following this a patient is provided with a stringent rehabilitation programme and a knee support device if requested. The effectiveness, usability and convenience of these devices are questionable. New Zealand orthopaedics and physiotherapists are increasingly hesitant to issue heavy duty braces that have no measurable improvement on a patient’s recovery and focus solely on supporting the knee. One of the more significant impacts of ACL treatment is the negative effect knee reconstruction surgery has on a patient’s ability to recognise where their affected knee is in space, termed proprioception. Regular application of proprioceptive exercise as part of the rehabilitation process can aid in the regaining of this ability, but it takes considerable time.
SENSA knee support focuses on accelerating and enhancing this part of the recovery. Flexible tubing within the knee support inflates to give a patient support, rigidity and protection when needed. A small portable air-pump provides convenience and ease of adjustability. High air-pressure provides maximum support and limits movement of the knee, which is a vital part of the healing process immediately after surgery. As the patient begins building muscle, regaining range of movement and improving flexibility, less rigidity is required and therefore air-pressure can be lowered. SENSA evolves with the patient as they progress through rehabilitation and gives them control.
To enhance a patient’s proprioceptive ability, air-pressure is also utilised to heighten the sensation of skin on the area surrounding the knee. Skin sensation increases a patient’s mental and physical awareness and provides a constant reminder of the targeted injury. Recommended air-pressure levels can be measured and prescribed by a patient’s local physiotherapist or orthopaedic surgeon. Distinctive patterning highlights a design that is both visually appealing and aesthetically dynamic. Soft breathable materials allow for comfort, usability and a tangible sense of safety. SENSA is stream-lined, lightweight and suited for all environments.
This design is driven by the needs of the patient, the goals and expectations of medical professionals and the necessity for an alternate knee support solution. SENSA is a modern day product solution for men and women who highly value a fast and effective recovery.