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Acl Knee Braces For Sports
Is a brace necessary for sports after ACL surgery? I am an athlete and am having ACL replacement surgery so that i can continue to be active. Will i need to use a brace to support my knee for the rest of my life when playing sports?
Hello: Strictly : Hello: strictly speaking you do not need to wear a brace after acl surgery. Some patients like the supportive feel of an acl brace during rehab. In some instances and some sports, a brace may help protect against collision-related reinjuries. I do believe there is no strongly overwhelming evidence to mandate a brace or to avoid a brace, so i discuss the above with the patient and help them decide. I generally advise those who get a brace to use it for the first year back to sports, unless they do some higher-collision-risk sports infrequently (for example, skiing), then i would have no problem with their wearing the brace a couple times a year for those occasions for several years. I would have problems with patients who feel they "must" have a brace: then i would want to rule out residual instability, and if that is ruled out, work with those patients to make sure they are confident on their feet. After all, the acl reconstruction should provide stability! i hope this helps! sincerely, jim hsu, md seattle, wa. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had ACL reconstruction 2 years ago and all week have increasing pain and my knee gives out. I haven't done sports lately what is wrong?
Time for a follow-up: Schedule a follow-up with your surgeon. It could be something as simple as persistent leg weakness, and a return to therapy could solve it. On the other hand, the integrity of the ACL graft should be checked by your surgeon. Many times other structures are injured at the same time as the ACL originally, such as meniscal tears or chondral defects, and so these may need to be re-evaluated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If it dislocates: I agree with the above. In certain cases where there is more trauma and a dislocation occurs both ligaments can be torn at the same time. Fortunately this is uncommon, but there are some serious potential neurovascular side effects with the type of injury. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I GT an ACL n I have done the surgery 9 months ago..Bt now e problem is my knee will give way everytime i play sports..?What should I do?
I tore my ACL and i haven't done anything about it cause i'm in sports, but my knee is bony and protruding, can the musle shrink? I was skating in hockey, and i changed directions, quite quickly, my knee gave out and i fell to the ground hearing a popping
Likely Quad atrophy: After an acl tear or post- surgery it is common to have atrophy of the quadriceps muscle. Building that back up is prudent as that will help prevent other injuries and anterior knee pain. If you opt for acl surgery, a stronger quad will ease recovery and rehab too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Most sports: When fully recovered from surgery and your leg is stable and strong i would not restrict you from sports. When you have had an impact injury to the cartilage of your knee, which usually goes along with an acl tear, and are missing part of your meniscus you may be predisposed to increased wear of the cartilage in your knee but remaining active has health benefits that usually outweigh the risks. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
After a knee reconstruction on my ACL & meniscus. How long will it take for me to be able to play sports?
8-9 months: Return to cutting sports after acl reconstruction is currently a controversial topic. It takes 7-8 months after reconstruction for a autograft (your own tendon) to reincorporate, and it takes 8-9 months after an allograft (donor tendon) to reincorporate. Retear rates after early return to sports is higher, so a conservative 8-9 months is recommended. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Had an ACL reconstruction. Unfortunately ruptured my ligament again by tripping on the stairs, possible to resume sports without stress on knee?
I hurt my knee a week ago playing sports and i think it is just tendonitis and my ACL and MCL were already ruled out now my calf and ankle are swollen?
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