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Knee Brace at 60 deg (driving and flying?)
« on: October 05, 2021, 11:20:52 AM »
Morning folks,

Week 6 post-op Patellar tendon rupture.  I now have max 60 degree ROM due to the limiter on my brace and wanted to get everyones opinion on whether it's feasible to fit inside an airplane seat?  3 hour flight.

Also, have you managed to drive an automatic car at 60 degree ROM.

Thank you

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Re: Knee Brace at 60 deg (driving and flying?)
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2021, 12:32:46 PM »
Left or right knee?
Regarding driving, you need to be signed off by your surgeon before doing so or your insurance could be invalid if anything happens. You need to be able to get in and out of the car easily and to perform all manoeuvres including most importantly an unimpeded emergency stop!

Regarding flying, again ask your surgeon, esp as knee injury and surgery can carry a high DVT risk. I doubt you’d be comfortable in a normal economy seat, won’t be allowed in an exit row, but might be able to book/pay for a bulkhead seat with more room. Call the airline if surgeon is ok with it.

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Re: Knee Brace at 60 deg (driving and flying?)
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2021, 05:32:33 PM »
YOU MUST NOT DRIVE UNTIL YOU HAVE CLEARANCE FROM YOUR OS, otherwise you might invalidate your car insurance policy.

I flew within weeks of sustaining an RPT injury, but requested a window seat - but you must not sit near the doors, and suggest an isle seat so that you can stretch your leg.
How did you sustain your RPT injury?  Where do you live?
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Re: Knee Brace at 60 deg (driving and flying?)
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2021, 05:48:27 PM »
Thanks John and Vickster,

I sustained the RPT whilst playing basketball - based in Tunbridge Wells.

I did have a question relating to ROM. 

As my physio increases the limiter on my brace, how do they encourage the knee to continue to bend and achieve the max flexion in that range?  I've just been given 0-60 degrees having spent 3 weeks on 0-30 and wondering how I can push myself to work towards hitting the max over the next 3 weeks which is 60?

Rookie question I know, but any tips appreciated.

P.s. John, how did you get into the window seat so soon after surgery - did you have 0-90 degrees already at that point?  You've encouraged me.

Thank you


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Re: Knee Brace at 60 deg (driving and flying?)
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2021, 06:20:48 PM »
Hi Kace

I was about 12 weeks - sat in the front row - could stretch my leg which
was in a plaster cast upto my waist - best advice I can give you - start reading as many of the previous posts - you will then realise, that you are in for a long haul - a RPT is known as a sports injury ( a sudden jerk on the knee cap),  but ask questions - you can of course try to obtain a blue badge, handy for shopping, I was luky and found it invaluable - Best JohnK4221 (Manchester UK
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Re: Knee Brace at 60 deg (driving and flying?)
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2021, 07:24:39 PM »
Also consider whether your health insurance will cover you for wherever you are travelling with a pre existing condition. What would happen if you slipped and damaged the knee again say. Many won’t… it may be best to postpone your trip until you are a bit more recovered (6 months plus)
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Re: Knee Brace at 60 deg (driving and flying?)
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2021, 07:37:23 PM »
Hi Kace

A further tip, when you have your next pysio, have the ROM measured on your good leg - this will give you a marker for later on.

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Re: Knee Brace at 60 deg (driving and flying?)
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2021, 06:11:54 PM »
Really useful advice, thanks again both.

My GP sent me a note saying thats so as long as I can perform an emergency stop in my automatic car, then he's permitting me to drive whilst at 0-60 degree flexion.  Operation ed knee is my left one.

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Re: Knee Brace at 60 deg (driving and flying?)
« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2021, 06:37:57 PM »
Can you get in and out of the car comfortably with the brace? Under the steering wheel ok?
I had my post op left ankle in a boot earlier this year. I was allowed to drive but I couldn’t get my foot into the right position to be able to drive despite having an auto!  ;D. After a bit I could take the boot off to get into car and drive, and put it on again when parked up.
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Re: Knee Brace at 60 deg (driving and flying?)
« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2021, 06:58:20 PM »
Hi Kace

Delighted that you received the OK from your OS to drive - but with care.

I know it`s early days, but you should look around to purchase a floor cycle - about £30 from Amazon or similar from Lidl - just sit in your comfy seat and pedal away.

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Re: Knee Brace at 60 deg (driving and flying?)
« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2021, 06:34:43 PM »
How soon after surgery did you start the floor cycle John?   Did you find that it helped with your ROM?

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Re: Knee Brace at 60 deg (driving and flying?)
« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2021, 09:40:06 PM »
Hi Kace

Sat in my favorite chair after about 8/10 weeks and slowly pedaled away at my leasure - did so for many weeks.  Am still at about 120 ROM, cannot run after young ladies, nor a bus, but never mind...

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