Two important ligaments run along either side of the knee to add necessary stability to this complex joint. The medial collateral ligament (MCL) runs along the inside while the lateral collateral ligament (LCL) is on the outside. Together these ligaments work to prevent sideways motion of the joint and prevent unusual movements. Excessive force to the inside or outside of the knee can sprain or even tear these ligaments. BioSkin Knee braces are designed to address the initial swelling from the injury, as well as provide the reliable support while the ligament heals.
The Gladiator uses a rigid ROM hinge to effectively protect the ACL, MCL, and other ligaments in the knee. The rigid strapping system firmly anchors the Gladiator to the leg, avoiding the need for longer, less comfortable braces. Pins in the hinges may easily be set to limit flexion and/or extension. When properly customized, the Gladiator may be billed with Medicare’s prefabricated, custom-fitted codes.