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Offline JonL

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any advice on support braces?
« on: September 05, 2005, 08:23:42 PM »
Hello all, can anyone reccomend, or just have experience that they can share, of heavy duty knee braces, i am contemplating getting one for long term use, so that I can sustain my mobility for as long as possible on a slowly detiorating knee joint ( bowed, shortened tibia, strained posterior cruciate ligament)I have to use crutches for walking any distance over half a mile and am struggling at work. (HGV Driver) Basically, do they work or just a waste of time and money?

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Re: any advice on support braces?
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2005, 08:35:01 PM »
Hi
It sounds as if it is an 'osteoarthritis brace' which may be relevant. How long has it been bowed, and can you give more information to us about your story?
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Re: any advice on support braces?
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2005, 08:58:02 PM »
23 years, although no problems for most of that time, motorbike accident 1982 resulting in communited fracture of left tibia and stretched PCL.  Non-union coupled with premature weight bearing caused bowing of tibia resulting in both sideways and vertical misalignment of knee joint.An external (Hoffman )fixator was in place for approx 14 weeks (from the beginning) followed by an internal nail for six months when it was realised the bone was not healing. I now get pain on the inner part of the knee and underneath the kneecap, which stops me from walking more than half a mile before it gets unbearable. This has been a slow degredation over many years but seems to have increased rapidly over the last six months.I am investigating knee braces simply to be able to continue working as I am afraid that at this rate I shall be unable to do so fairly soon, how much weight do they actually take off of the joint?Many thanks for your reply.

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Re: any advice on support braces?
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2005, 09:23:11 PM »
Hi
Sorry to hear you have had such a lot of problems. It is a complex story.

Different knee braces do different things. Cruciate braces limit forward and backward movement of the femur on the tibia, and limit rotational movement. Osteoarthritis (unloader) braces relieve the load on either the medial or lateral compartment of the knee, where arthritis may be present between femurand tibia on just one side of the knee. Patellar braces support the patella from subluxing or dislocating.

You sound as if your symptoms are primarily related at present to the patella, which may be secondary to weak quads or to the mal-alignment. But I think you would need to get expert advice on whether or not a brace will relieve your symptoms.

Maybe there is someone on the forum who has a similar problem and who can advise?

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Re: any advice on support braces?
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2005, 10:00:59 PM »
Many thanks for your assistance, seems like each question just causes more questions, I have a clinic appointment soon, I shall ask to be referred to an osteoarthritis specialist for advice.