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AFL Legend Dermott Brereton Joins #MyUnloader Family

Global Orthopaedics leader Össur announces AFL Legend Dermott Brereton as ambassador for revolutionary osteoarthritis knee braces - Unloader One Lite

Leading non-invasive orthopaedics company Össur are proud to announce AFL legend and sporting commentator Dermott Brereton as ambassador for the Unloader One Lite knee brace - the latest revolutionary addition to their impressive Osteoarthritis knee brace range.

The 54-year old former Hawthorn star, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest football players of his generation, has suffered from the effect of osteoarthritis (OA) in his left knee for more than 30 years. He has now been wearing the Unloader One Lite knee brace for several months with great success and will be wearing it on an upcoming trip later this month when he treks the arduous Kokoda Trail.

Dermott 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 and beyond. 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 300g. Featuring Össur’s clinically proven 3-Point Leverage System, it is designed to provide pain relief for 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.

Dermott says living with osteoarthritis has been an ongoing challenge for him and he takes anti-inflammatory medication to lessen the pain. The centre half forward specialist says his knee troubles actually began during the 1984 AFL Grand Final between Hawthorn and Essendon. “Someone cannoned into me during the game and my left knee was knocked inwards tearing the cartilage,” he explains. “I ended up having surgery to repair it but that didn’t really work so within a year the cartilage was removed leaving bone grinding on top of bone. It’s been painful to walk on ever since and can be excruciating when the pain’s most acute.”

Dermott says the pain had become noticeably worse in the last 10 years and he now doesn’t walk with a straight gait in order to reduce the pain. The father of two says he was more than keen to try wearing the Unloader braces on his knee to combat the pain rather than opt for knee replacement surgery.

“I wear the brace when I go on longer walks and play golf and have found that it really reduces the strain and pain in my knee,” he says. “It also gives me a sense of security and protection over that joint. The overall positive effect the brace has had on my life has been very positive.”

Dermott will further put the Unloader technology to the test when he wears the brace whilst trekking along the grueling 96km Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea later this month leading a tour group with Getaway Trekking. “I’ve actually walked the trail before in just six days, but that was 22 years ago when I was much fitter!” Dermott admits. “It is one of the most arduous treks in the world with lots of ups and downs and challenging terrain underfoot.

“You do have to be really aware of what you’re doing, especially at an older age. This time I’m looking forward to taking it a little easier, and I’m feeling confident that the brace will really help my knee and lessen any pain.”

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 Dermott. “Dermott has battled osteoarthritis for more than three decades, 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 might be in a similar situation to Dermott to know that there are options for managing their pain associated with knee OA and that an Unloader brace may help 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 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.”

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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.

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