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Doctor insights on: Knee Brace For Meniscus Tear

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Dr. Frederick Buechel
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Torn Meniscus (Definition)

In the knee joint there are two types of cartilage, articular cartilage and meniscal cartilage. The meniscus is a triangular shaped piece of fibro-cartilage that sits between the femur and tibia. The meniscus can tear as a result of injury or secondary degenerative changes that occur over time. Because the meniscus cartilage dies not have it's own blood supply, tears often ...Read more


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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

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What kind of knee brace should I wear for a torn meniscus?

What kind of knee brace should I wear for a torn meniscus?

meniscus: Braces are generally not recommended for treatment of a meniscus tear. Tears usually worsen due to rotational forces, which braces do a poor job of supporting. ...Read more

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Could a knee brace help relieve the pain from a torn meniscus?

Could a knee brace help relieve the pain from a torn meniscus?

Have it evaluated.: Different knee conditions may need different types of treatment. Have your knee evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment for your condition. ...Read more

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Have a possible torn meniscus, does a knee brace help til surgery?

Have a possible torn meniscus, does a knee brace help til surgery?

Some: A serious knee brace helps people with an unstable knee prevent further knee damage until surgery is done. For just the meniscus tear, some people are more comfortable in a brace, but it's not "helping" the problem. That being said, it's not hurting either. Some of my patients like them, but i would not recommend paying a lot unless your knee has torn ligaments, . ...Read more

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What type knee brace would you suggest for a torn meniscus I've had surgery to fix it yet I still have a lot of instability issues?

What type knee brace would you suggest for a torn meniscus I've had surgery to fix it yet I still have a lot of instability issues?

Hinged brace + PT: The best braces to decrease the chances of having instability episodes are hinged knee braces. Even with these braces, however, you may still experience instability. Your best bet to decrease these episodes is to begin a focused exercise protocol to strengthen your quadriceps, hamstrings, and hip abductor & adductor muscles. I often prescribe physical therapy for these injuries. ...Read more

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Can i play football with a torn meniscus using a knee brace?

Can i play football with a torn meniscus using a knee brace?

No: I would strongly suggest that the tear be repaired and your post-op healing and rehab be complete before returning to the gridiron. ...Read more

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Is it safe to play football while wearing a knee brace for a torn meniscus?

Is it safe to play football while wearing a knee brace for a torn meniscus?

Knee brace: A knee brace can limit some excursion of the knee but it won't prevent catastrophic injuries or tears. ...Read more

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I am suffering from knee pain diagonised with medial meniscus tear...Can i heal it without any surgery...Should i wear a brace?

I am suffering from knee pain diagonised with medial meniscus tear...Can i heal it without any surgery...Should i wear a brace?

Rarely: The meniscus of the knee has for 90%+ no circulation and because of it little potential to heal. Unless the tear is small and very peripheral (where circulation is best) it will not heal on its own. Surgery is advised for tears that are causing locking of the knee. Your symptoms have to correlate with the MRI findings to recommend surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Braces (Definition)

They are used in orthodontics. The braces are put onto the teeth at precise anatomical locations, and wire runs through the braces and brings teeth into proper alignment. This is a very short answer for a very ...Read more