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Kris Smith Joins #MyUnloader Family

Global Orthopaedics Leader Össur Announces TV Presenter and Former Rugby League Player Kris Smith as Ambassador for Revolutionary OA Knee Braces - Unloader One® Lite

Leading non-invasive orthapaedics company Össur are proud to unveil the newest revolutionary addition to their impressive Osteoarthritis range – the Unloader One Lite knee brace – and have named sporting personality Kris Smith as the brace’s ambassador.

The 39-year-old British-born former rugby league star, model and TV presenter was diagnosed 10 years ago with osteoarthritis (OA) in both knees at the end of his sporting career. He has been wearing the Unloader One Lite knee brace now for several months with great success.

Kris will work with Össur to raise awareness of knee OA and highlight the benefits of the Unloader braces as a treatment option during Osteoarthritis Month in October. Research and trends suggest that by 2050, 7 million Australians will suffer from some form of arthritis. Almost all primary knee replacements, whether they are partial or total, are undertaken for osteoarthritis.

The Unloader One Lite knee brace is the lightest functional knee osteoarthritis brace currently available, weighing just 296g. Featuring Össur’s clinically proven 3-Point Leverage System, it is designed to provide pain relief to users with mild to moderate uni-compartmental knee osteoarthritis.

The low-profile sleeve design makes the brace fit discreetly underneath clothing and easy to pull-on. The tension on the dual Dynamic Force Straps, and thereby the amount of unloading’, is easily adjusted through a single SmartDosing™ dial. The Unloader One Lite enables patients to engage in a variety of daily activities without the limitation of constant knee pain.

Kris says living with osteoarthritis has been an ongoing challenge for him. “The pain is constant -I get swelling daily, as well as a lack of extension and flexibility in my knees,” he says.

The father of one says he was keen to try wearing the Unloader braces on his knees to combat the pain rather than considering knee replacement surgery.

Kris recently put Unloader technology to the test when he wore the braces on both knees whilst trekking along the grueling Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea. “I walked 96 kilometres along trails of intense ups and downs under the most extreme underfoot conditions,” Kris says. “It was tough that’s for sure!

“However, without the braces I don't think there’d be a chance I would have completed the trek, as they helped my knees incredibly. Prior to the trek, going about my usual daily activities, the braces had an instant effect in helping to reduce my knee pain. Now that I’m home again, it’s a relief to get through all my normal activities comfortably. The overall effect the braces have had on my lifestyle has been amazing.”

In addition to providing pain relief from knee arthritis, the Unloader One Lite is helpful for people suffering from knee conditions such as degenerative meniscal tears that require load reduction to the area. It is ideal for normal daily activities and low to moderate intensity sport and hobbies.

Rod Cooper, Managing Director – OA & Injury Solutions, Össur Australia, says the company is thrilled to join forces with Kris. “Kris has battled osteoarthritis for many years, so we’re happy to assist him in making his life much easier with the Unloader brace,” he says. “We’re very happy that Unloader has worked so well for him.

“We want everyone who has painful knee conditions to know that they don’t have to suffer any longer, and that the brace will greatly enhance their quality of life.”

Rod adds that the feedback from users has been extremely positive. “People fitted with the brace say they are now getting back to activities such as running and golf with ease and like the simplicity of the light-weight design.

“We are pleased to be offering such an ingenious product and are looking forward to our braces helping many more people in the years to come.”

More about Össur

Össur (NASDAQ OMX: OSSR) is a global leader in non-invasive orthopaedics helping people live a life without limitations. Its business is focused on improving people’s mobility through the delivery of innovative technologies within the fields of braces, supports, prosthetic limbs and compression therapy. A recognised “Technology Pioneer”, Össur invests significantly in research and product development; its award-winning designs ensuring a consistently strong position in the market. Successful patient and clinical outcomes are further empowered via Össur’s educational programs and business solutions. Headquartered in Iceland, Össur has major operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, with additional distributors worldwide.