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Offline 1knee No.9

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Which is Best Brace
« on: November 25, 2011, 11:49:43 AM »
Hi,

this has been such a helpful site, but after hearing the gutting news that my acl has ruptured and other minor damge to cartilage, i now need a brace that will give me confidence to get back playing the sports i love.

sports i will get back to playing:
*Football/soccer
*Wakeboarding
*Surfing
*Basketball
*Tennis
*Handball
*Tchoukball

thats just to name a few---now i know that each sport will require different needs from a brace, i was just wondering what the best all round brace is...also...would it be available through NHS or is that just a lost cause?

Thanks all
18/10/2011- comp rupture of ACL, severe bruising to tibia, fibula & femur, damage to meniscus cartilage due to horror tackle in footy

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Re: Which is Best Brace
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2011, 02:19:41 PM »
Are you having surgery to reconstruct the ACL? That may also affect the type of brace you choose as you will need something different pre and post op.

I have three braces!!

Donjoy TROM which I wore for 6 weeks pre-op on ACLr to try and stabilise the MCL before surgery. To cut a long story short I re-ruptured the ACLr 6 weeks post-op and finished off the MCL to grade 3 which had previously been grade 2.

Surgery to reconstruct both is being done in two stages - bone graft first, which is done, and now waiting for healing before reconstruction takes place. In the meantime I am wearing a BREG LPR which is stabilising both ACL and MCL - very well I have to say. Low profile and lightweight.

But I also have a Donjoy Armour Forcepoint which is very similar to the BREG but I find it piches just over the operation scars so a tad uncomfortable.

All have been paid for privately because I'm doing the whole thing private. But if you are awaiting surgery on NHS they should provide you with some stability in the meantime. I can't iamgien they will fund "functional" braces though for sport. The TROM cost 120, the BREG cost 255 and Donjoy 380!!!

Good luck

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Re: Which is Best Brace
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2011, 04:44:41 PM »
thanks bunny,

yea, am having acl reconstruction due to profession and lifestyle-see the specialist (who i believe is doing the recon) in 2 weeks to discuss surgery as i amcurrently having pre-op pt to try and increase the rom in joint as i currently cant straighten or bend. i can currently extend to 5degrees and flex to 125deg.

but physio is under the impression that they are attempting to do the aclr before xmas.

i have however been offered the telescopic brace for pre-op, will the nhs prescribe a brace post op for sport? would be nice as it would save a small fortune, hadve my eye on the donjoy armor fourcepoint or the breg fusion xt with air tech. not sure on cost or if they will be suitable for all the sport i participate in.
18/10/2011- comp rupture of ACL, severe bruising to tibia, fibula & femur, damage to meniscus cartilage due to horror tackle in footy

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Re: Which is Best Brace
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2011, 05:05:35 PM »
I doubt very much they will give you a brace post-op for sport! You won;t need a brace post op for recovery from ACLr as the most important thing is to get moving asap and stop any fixed-flexion deformity. Have a look on ebay if you don;t want to pay full price.

Good luck with your surgery. Who's your surgeon?

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Re: Which is Best Brace
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2011, 12:09:41 AM »
thanks again for the info bunny.

looks like im gunna save some pennies lol

im guessing my surgeon will be the specialist who reffered me to have the pre-op physio to attempt getting my full rom in the knee?

he is called Mr A.S Lee
18/10/2011- comp rupture of ACL, severe bruising to tibia, fibula & femur, damage to meniscus cartilage due to horror tackle in footy