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Hinged Knee Braces For Sports
Orthotist: You should find an orthotist in your area who can not only get the brace for you but make sure its fits correctly. ...Read more
Will wearing a knee brace while playing sports make it less likely to have an injury or more likely?
Stability: The thought is that wearing a knee brace helps to stabilize the knee and associated ligaments and tendons when you are experiencing pain or minor injury. I see the brace as a protective factor while playing sports if you are dealing with knee tendon or ligament strain/pain. I doubt if it would really benefit or protect you to wear one if no injury exists however. ...Read more
I've a non-hinged knee brace. Immobilization means I shud not move my leg at all or I shuldn't walk wit that leg? Walking with crutches is ok or not?
Walk some not much: You have a knee immobilized. The purpose is to rest. You can walk to care for yourself but you want to rest and heal. Use common sense. ...Read more
Can complete tear of ACL be cured without an operation. By undergoing physiotherapy and using hinged knee brace?
ACL Tear: Cured no, asymptomatic yes. Therapy including strengthening of your hamstrings may give you a "stable" knee during activities of daily living. If you are still athletically active you may have instability moments during fatigue or certain motions which may put other structures of the knee at risk. Best to discuss all the options with your orthopedic surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have Medial Meniscus tear w/ cyst wearing hinged knee brace but calf is very painful What should I do?
How helpful is brace: If the brace is the source of the calf pain, but helps the knee, then an adjustment to the brace (size, fit, etc.) could be considered. Alternatively, a new brace could be utilized. Personally, I don't routinely use braces for meniscal tears unless there is a ligament tear as well or associated arthritis with a misaligned knee. Seek additional help if the brace is not the cause of the calf pain. ...Read more
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 went to the orthopedic np for knee pain. My MRI and x-rayshowed patellar tilt and hematoma. Treatment suggested:knee brace/warm compress. Should I go to a sports med or an orthopedic md for second opinion?
Need good exam: If the tilt was the only problem, fixing the mechanics that caused it would be the first step. In most athletes, this is working on the quad to hamstring strength ratio and strengthening the gluteus medius (many accidently over strengthen the itb/tfl, the other hip abductors, which can worsen the problem). Reasonable to start with non-op sports med, and if hematoma needs to be drained, see ortho. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
1mm round darker brown mole rubbed off leg by wearing ankle brace for sports. Normal skin now no mole Is there anything to worry about? Skin cancer
Many are: Braces such as off-loading braces for arthritis and braces designed to stabilize the acl are better than over the counter braces. Custom braces are fitted to the patient and are engineered to perform a specific task. Over the counter braces are ok for simple sprains, contusions, etc. ...Read more
Are knee braces good to help with chondromalacia patella? I don't see many people recommending them.
Popping knees w/some pain & grinding @ the topswhen I walk. Good xrays & minimal pain, but popping constant. Would knee braces help? I do pt. I'm 25.
My knee feels like it moves outwards when I walk. It feels loose. I've had knee issues before but this is new. Are braces helpful? What could this be?
Not likley: Either you are genetically destined to be bow legged or increasing wear along the inside of the knee with time is causing you to become bow-legged. Rarely a disease process could contibute to bowing of the legs. See an orthopedist for clarity in diagnosis. Unloader braces can be helpful with pain and function but cannot straighten an adult bowed knee. ...Read more