I tore my ACL skiing in France three weeks ago, and was given a brace by the French doctor I saw, which I have kept on for the whole time. I've read the detailed guide about rehabilitation on this website but I've only been given one simple exercise to strengthen the muscles until I see a British consultant. I'm worried that I'm not doing enough for my muscles but I am nervous about removing the brace without a specialist's assessment of my knee. The French doctor said there was a small possibility I might need surgery on the meniscus, and should request an MRI scan. My question is, how long did others wear a brace for? Whilst waiting for my NHS appointment, dare I remove the brace and follow the exercises recommended on this website?