Prototype-User Experience

Ted Y.  -  User Experience with Prototype 1b

Ted is an avid runner, who in the past year has relied on physical therapy and wears a tradition knee sleeve.

1) What was the first thing you noticed after application? The first thing I noticed after putting on the orthosis was that my knee (actually above and below my knee) felt stable and supported.  Unlike the traditional elastic knee brace I was wearing that only covered a small portion of my leg (knee only), the orthosis fit from mid thigh, over my knee to above my shin.             
How was application? Difficult? When I initially put on the orthosis, my leg was slightly sweaty. I believe that this made the application more difficult.  

2) How did the Orthosis compare to your current sleeve brace? Frankly, there was no comparison between the traditional elastic brace and the orthosis.  The traditional elastic brace fit snuggly over my knee and provided consistent, yet restrictive movement centered only on my knee.  The orthosis, by comparison, fit over a larger section of my leg -- from mid thigh to below my knee. This allowed for my movement to be support and stabilized. Through its design, the orthosis allowed for different amounts of "support" at different points. This was especially effective in providing lateral stability and a more comfortable fit during exercise.  

) Any comments on its ability to stay in place during a workout? 
he orthosis was very effective in staying in place even after strenuous exercise and lots of sweat. It did not "slide" down or up my leg at any point.Did you find you adjusted it during a workout? There was no need to adjust it during the workout. Compare to your current sleeve? When using a traditional elastic brace, I am adjusting it throughout the workout. I am constantly pulling the elastic brace up --especially after any knee extensions or stretches. 

4) How was removal? Time? Removal was easy -- rolled down the top ring and pulled off my leg.

5) Any general comments? The orthosis surprisingly provides a completely different kind of support and stability. Once it is on, it is easy to forget that it is there -- it allows for great movement, it is  not restrictive but supportive and stabilizing.  For someone like me (in my 50s) who enjoys running and working out, the orthosis can easily become that "tool" that allows for me to safely and comfortably continue my exercise commitment for a long time.