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>For anyone whose knee pain is caused by damage or loss of cartilage there is
>a brace made by Generation II called the Unloader that can take the pressure
>off that part of the joint. It is a VERY expensive, custom-made brace that
>must be prescribed by a doctor, but has been the only answer that has allowed
>me to get back to hiking.
I've got a brace made by Monarch that does that. It was custom made and cost
over $800. It puts pressure on the outside of the knee, thus opening up the
space where bone meets bone on the inside of the knee. This was prescribed
by my orthopedic surgeon.