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Offline gav1

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Advice on knee supports
« on: June 14, 2009, 12:52:29 PM »
Can anyone suggest a good knee support/brace to me.

My Surgeon has recommended for me to buy one with neoprene and hinged supports as i am looking to get back to playing football.

I have had four knee ops, 1 ACL Reconstruction and  3 Arthroscopy to fix lateral meniscus tears.

Any Advice or suggestions would be grateful

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Re: Advice on knee supports
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2009, 02:34:52 PM »
Before you invest in any old thing (it can be very expensive and the benefits questionable), go and see a sports orthopaedic specialist. There is a heck of a lot of extremely expensive and inappropriate stuff on the market and without a good reason for using one, it is better to build up the muscles around the knee as well as improve the proprioception.

I'm not against the use of braces, I use a Bauerfeind MOS-GENU ACL for my right knee and a Townsend Rebel Combined Instabilities (CI) for my left knee for when I am skiing or paragliding (I only use the Townsend for that as I am still under a year out from a multiple ligament revision). I know why and when to use my braces and I am gradually weaning myself off both of them, as nothing is better than having good muscle strength to protect the knee while participating in sports. I am also aware of the fact that the braces are partly psychological crutches, rather than guarantees that I cannot injure my knees again while wearing them.

See a specialist before you buy something off-the-shelf to see if you really do need one. And if you do make sure it is fitted by someone trained as an orthopaedic technician, not just a sports shop assistant who has done a couple of days training with Don-Joy, Bregg, Bledsloe, etc.

Good luck

1989 big trauma R. knee - sorted
1990-2004 3ACL recons and 20+ arthroscopies -RK
3/06 LK ACL torn!
4/06 ACL recon, kneecap broken
09 &10/06- 2x meniscus trims
3/07 - Notch Plastic & Lateral Release
14/8/08 complete revision ACL plus LCL/PLC recon
6/2/09 returned to skiing! Whoopee