US-based Townsend Design has introduced its new soft shell single-upright osteoarthritis (OA) knee brace, Active Reliever, in North America.

The company has designed new off-the-shelf or custom fitted brace to relieve pain by reducing load on the side of the knee that has been injured or progressively degenerated.

According to the company, the new brace features a sewn-in integrated semi rigid frame and quick release buckles that make application and removal of the brace easy for patients.

It also integrates a counterforce tensioning strap and a low profile Townsend Motion Hinge, which tracks with the anatomical roll-and-glide movement of the knee.

Townsend Design CEO Rick Riley said: "Decompressive bracing continues to gain momentum as a conservative treatment option for men and women who are compromised by knee injuries and degenerative conditions.

"Through the release of the Active Reliever and other products in our development pipeline, we’re increasing our focus on wearable designs that apply alignment-enhancing and off-loading corrective forces to the leg to reduce pain and increase patient mobility."

Townsend plans to commence the sale of the new product in other countries in July.

The company, which had introduced its first Reliever Series OA brace in 1995, produces ligament, OA and specialty bracing solutions.