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Offline Slippyknee

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New brace options, townsend or bauerfiend?
« on: March 14, 2016, 07:09:59 AM »
Hi,
I'm looking at getting a new knee brace and am after some input.
My current brace is a medi M4s, good brace & comfortable to wear
I've successfully managed a chronic LCL injury for the last four years using this brace
But I feel it's time for a change,  & have been given the option of a MOS GENU brace or a townsend brace?  Anyone used any of these braces?
I will be using the brace for up to 12 hours a day so it needs to be comfortable.
Thanks
Barry
LK dislocation,  cartlege trim, 20% lateral meniscus removed
Lcl laxity,  pcl tears, mcl tear

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Re: New brace options, townsend or bauerfiend?
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2016, 07:30:12 AM »
I have used both and by far the best is the Townsend because it is a modular device and can be fitted way more precisely. Funnily enough it is also much lighter as well. I wear my Townsend Rebel CI all day when skiing (more than 12 hours most days) and I never notice it. I used to wear my MOS-Genu for the same length of time and was always having to re-adjust it and re-position it even though it was fitted by a qualified technician.

I always wear a sleeve under my brace simply due to the sweating under the straps and it prevents the skin being irritated by accidental contact with the velcro straps. I use Tubi-Grip (elasticated support tubing from my physios) rather than the Townsend Sleeve mainly because it is cheaper and easier to obtain over here in Europe. I have at least 3 sleeves and use them in rotation so they are regularly washed during the ski season
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
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Re: New brace options, townsend or bauerfiend?
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2016, 04:05:54 PM »
Thanks for the reply,  to be honest I nearly had a townsend brace 2 years ago
Had a digital scan for the brace but @ the last minute the NHS wouldn't fund it.
So I stuck with the medi M4s,  my physio suggested the mos GENU because of my other
Ligament injuries in the past she felt it may give greater control of instabilities,  but
It does look bulky,  I could ask if I could try it out further.

With the townsend I've been told I could possibly get a custom made one,  my physio is asking what we could have.. Although my PCL and mcl don't bother me anymore we would be looking for substantial support to help protect them.
Does your rebel brace give good support?
Thanks
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Re: New brace options, townsend or bauerfiend?
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2016, 06:28:50 PM »
The Townsend does not need to be customised to make a good fit as they supply the tech with a variety of modular fittings  so that the upper and lower sections (thigh and calf sections of the brace brace fit perfectly). My technician actually fitted mine so it does not catch on my ski boots - he fitted it around the left boot on the day of the final fitting. The Bauerfiend is nowhere near as comfortable or as adjustable in my experience. I have taken some good falls, both high speed and slow twisting ones since wearing the Rebel and I never had a tweak.

Mine cost my health insurer 500 Euro in January 2009 which was considerably  cheaper than any of the other options. They were so surprised they rang me to find out if there would be any further costs as it was nearly half the price of any of the other braces they usually paid for.
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

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Re: New brace options, townsend or bauerfiend?
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2016, 09:08:11 PM »
After much deliberation between my physio myself and the NHS
We've decided to go for a townsend brace..
I'm meeting with the brace operative tomorrow to be measured for a premier reliever due to
My missing most of my lateral meniscus.
Should get the new brace within 2 weeks..
Thanks for your help..
LK dislocation,  cartlege trim, 20% lateral meniscus removed
Lcl laxity,  pcl tears, mcl tear

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Re: New brace options, townsend or bauerfiend?
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2016, 10:12:57 AM »
Met with the brace operative Friday..  This is the brace we're going to be getting,
Tried one on similar which was very comfortable & very sturdy & lightweight..
Should have the brace back within a couple of weeks..
Hopefully the picture has attached to this msg..
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Re: New brace options, townsend or bauerfiend?
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2016, 07:25:13 PM »
New brace arrived 2 weeks ago(week late) been using it daily basis for about 4hrs a day for the first week..
With no problems,  now anything up to 12 hrs,  without undersleeve @ moment also.
My lateral side hasn't given me any problems up to now,  no pain or instabilities,  feels better being slightly offloaded..
Thanks Kaputt knee for your input.. Most helpful
Cheers
Barry
LK dislocation,  cartlege trim, 20% lateral meniscus removed
Lcl laxity,  pcl tears, mcl tear