Author Topic: Is a medial left knee brace the same as right laterial brace?  (Read 173 times)

Offline NolandPerry

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I just purchased two Breg freestyle knee braces.  One was suppose to be a left medial. it clearly says left lateral.  I looks in every way the same as the right medial brace. Are they the same. If so if I see a deal online  for a Right lateral would that work for as a left medial brace?

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Re: Is a medial left knee brace the same as right laterial brace?
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2017, 03:40:44 PM »
Contact Breg and ask. Or ask your PT

Who has told you to use the brace and which one?
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Re: Is a medial left knee brace the same as right laterial brace?
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2017, 02:13:14 PM »
Breg will not tell provide me with an answer.  I haven't been back to PT who prescribed. As of today the correct $1200 Breg brace provides no more relief than the $12 ACE brace. So moot point anyhow.

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Re: Is a medial left knee brace the same as right laterial brace?
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2017, 04:31:15 PM »
Sounds like you need to contact the PT to discuss :)
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09
LK arthroscopy 8/2/10
2nd scope on 16/12/10
LK New MRI shows lat & medial meniscus tear & other stuff
RK MRI lat meniscus tear
8/1/15 RK Steroid jab,
RK arthroscopy on 5/2/15
Lateral meniscus trim, excision of hoffa's fat pad, chondral stabilisation

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Re: Is a medial left knee brace the same as right laterial brace?
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2017, 04:11:38 AM »
You said that already.

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Re: Is a medial left knee brace the same as right laterial brace?
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2017, 09:12:59 AM »
Yes, because you stated that you have not been back to him or her. This is a patient site, you need to discuss using the appliance with the expert who knows your case and can provide you the answer you seek :) if it's not helping, then you may need to look at alternative options to manage symptoms.

I asked my knee specialist recently about unloader braces, he said getting muscles strong and balanced will do the same and more as any brace for unloading an arthritic compartment, so you could also explore that with the PT. The surgeon also suggested orthotic adjustments for my shoes to alter the position of the knee to offload (the route I'm going as I also have foot/ankle issues in that leg).

My impression is specialists here in the UK avoid bracing for arthritis in patients able to do Physio effectively. This may be partly down to saving money for the public HC system (most of us don't like paying for healthcare as we expect it to be free, so wouldn't be prepared to pay $1200 for a brace which may or may not help)

Good luck
« Last Edit: May 07, 2017, 09:30:36 AM by Vickster »
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09
LK arthroscopy 8/2/10
2nd scope on 16/12/10
LK New MRI shows lat & medial meniscus tear & other stuff
RK MRI lat meniscus tear
8/1/15 RK Steroid jab,
RK arthroscopy on 5/2/15
Lateral meniscus trim, excision of hoffa's fat pad, chondral stabilisation

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Re: Is a medial left knee brace the same as right laterial brace?
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2017, 03:48:20 AM »
Hi Vickster,

It was interesting regarding your impression that in the UK ortho doctors avoid bracing and rather recommend exercises. I totally support this approach, but I wonder what type of exercises. I recently started wearing Onloader One for everyday life and certainly feel the difference. I have tried many various exercises with my condition and I am still very persistent with them. Unfortunately never achieved this effect that I am experiencing these days with the brace. It's definitely not the best solution when the lateral side (in my case) gets all the load and I am sure I will start feeling the effect of it soon. I was curious what are the most effective exercises in that case ? I am not sure if you inquired about that with your doctor. It is also interesting re the orthotics. I have a slight misalignment and have been wearing them for a while treating Morton Neroma and
at some point before starting the brace I chatted with the doc(podiatrist) who I was working with all these years. Here is what he had to say. I am sure this is not that black and white , but certainly valuable information.
"...
IN FACT what I do treat is "bowed legs"
neuromas, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis and KNEE PAIN as are all caused by the bowed legs...
here is a page on my site that talks about the bowed legs and its relationship to foot and leg problems..."
Not sure if I am allowed to send this reference , but let me try:
http://thetaorthotics.com/about/why-do-humans-need-orthotics/

Thank you,



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Re: Is a medial left knee brace the same as right laterial brace?
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2017, 10:51:17 AM »
Hello,

Surgeon doesn't give exercises, leaves that to the physio :)

I've done numerous stretches and exercises to balance the muscles, strength isn't a specific issue as I'm a cyclist (but I do have very tight calves, I can't squat at all for example with my feet flat)

Over the years, I've used:
leg raises, with and without weight, straight and to the side
wall slides
glute bridges
clam shells, with and without theraband
VMO exercises
Waiter's bow with heels raised
Mini squats with heels raised
Calf raises and stretches (now for foot pain)
Quad stretches
Hamstring stretches

I'm sure there are more, I've done them all I'm sure!

As long as I don't kneel (especially on a hard surface), run (no wish to anyhow) or twist the knee, it's mostly quite livable.  I have been taking NSAIDs (now celecoxib + omeprazole) for around 18 months for other things, so those may be helping

I also have big quads, from the cycling (and generally), so the surgeon also said I'd find a brace hard to fit.  I have mostly lateral issues, but also medial, so an unloader isn;t a solution.  Eventually, I'll probably need a TKR.  In the meantime, hyaluronic acid injections and the NSAIDs, seem to be doing the trick pain wise

I've just had custom orthotics made, to try to deal with ankle/foot tendonitis (my biggest issue right now), but also with medial arch support to help compensate for the valgus alignment
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09
LK arthroscopy 8/2/10
2nd scope on 16/12/10
LK New MRI shows lat & medial meniscus tear & other stuff
RK MRI lat meniscus tear
8/1/15 RK Steroid jab,
RK arthroscopy on 5/2/15
Lateral meniscus trim, excision of hoffa's fat pad, chondral stabilisation

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Re: Is a medial left knee brace the same as right laterial brace?
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2017, 04:32:36 PM »
Vickster,

Thank you for the information. Stay well and good luck with you ankle/foot problems. Re the knee/s I do the same plus new brace and PRP (thinking about once or twice a year if nothing changes).

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Re: Is a medial left knee brace the same as right laterial brace?
« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2017, 04:58:06 PM »
My surgeon doesn't place much store around PRP for arthritis, lack of evidence.  (It's not much used in the UK, public healthcare doesn't provide and it's expensive privately for something with little guarantee)
He's not overly keen on HA, but as I've had good relief over the last 6 years or so, he's happy to give it
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09
LK arthroscopy 8/2/10
2nd scope on 16/12/10
LK New MRI shows lat & medial meniscus tear & other stuff
RK MRI lat meniscus tear
8/1/15 RK Steroid jab,
RK arthroscopy on 5/2/15
Lateral meniscus trim, excision of hoffa's fat pad, chondral stabilisation

 

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