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Knee Braces For Large People
Do lateral unloader knee braces create more pain, when first starting out wearing them? I am experiencing pain on the medial side now.
Yes, quite common: Unloader braces need to be fitted to each individual knee by a person knowledgeable in technical aspects of fitting such braces. Pain on the medial side, can, nonetheless, be a common complaint. Remember, the premise of such braces is to transfer load from one side of the knee to the other (does not negate load). In addition, if the now loaded side of the knee is also damaged, pain may increase. ...Read more
Dancer for 13 1/2 yrs now have constant low level knee pain(High pain tolerance)have tried supports &a braces but don't help they make it worse! Help?
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
Knee Braces: Knee immobilization is commonly used after micro fracture technique done on the knee. There should have been a very specific rehabilitation protocol given to you prior to and reinforce after surgery. The first 6 weeks would involve protected weight bearing, initial immobilization, followed by gentle range of motion. Braces may be involved. ...Read more
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?
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.
For some: It is helpful for some people but not all. Works best in combination with other treatments, especially if there is some degree of patella maltracking or instability. ...Read more
I have mod-severe tricompartment OA both knees. Yesterday a PT told me I have very low tibial plateau's, while fitting me for knee braces. ???
Hmm: this comment or outloud thought has no medical signifigance to me i have seen total knees with too much tibia resected leading to a low joint line and unstable patellas but i doubt thats what he meant ...Read more
Im 25 male, i hve bow knees, when i touch my feet together , there is a gap of 2 inches between my knes, is surgery the only solution or can I use braces?
I'm really nervous about having knee microfracture surgery for my chondromalacia, what can I expect? Crutches a braces? I'm nervous
Non weight bearing : Micro fracture in essence is creating a fracture to stimulate fibro cartilage to fill in a void. This needs to be protected from load for a minimum 4-6 weeks . Once the micro fracture heals you can progress your weight bearing. Early pt will focus on range of motion strengthening without loading the joint . Typically flexion past 90 is avoided in the short term depending on the region of the fx. ...Read more
Dad is 68 years, 156 CM tall, 105+ kg weight, he's hardly walking due to knee & spine lumber pains, i heard about knee braces, are they good, which type?
He should see doc: Seems like he in quite a bit of trouble. When knee pain is so severe, braces probably won't do much at all. I suggest getting him to see a doctor who can evaluate and work up a treatment plan that is feasible for him. Medication, physical/occupational therapy can be tried. Injections into knees, back/epidural can be done in some cases. Surgical intervention maybe needed. Good luck ; happy new year. ...Read more
My knees are suddenly painful even when resting and I am not able to walk without wearing knee braces. Doing physio spinal decompression for back. Why?
See specialist: Not enough information to link current treatment to your symptoms. Resting pain should be evaluated,especially since it is bilateral ...Read more
31F w/anemia, fatigue, joint pain. need to wear knee braces for pain&mobility. Saw dr earlier 4 pain before anemia diagnosis, should I go in again?
Yes 2 doctors: In addition to the doctor you are seeing for your anemia, you should see a doctor that specializes in knees. After confirming that the weakness is not coming from a specific knee or nerve problem, they can prescribe for you physical therapy exercises to strengthen your legs that should help much more than the braces. Simple exercises to strengthen the quadriceps make a huge difference! ...Read more
Depends: It is hard to answer this question if we don't know why you are wearing the brace in the first place. Are you wearing it for a ligament injury, prevention, tendonitis or just because you think it gives you support? I am not a big fan of knee braces if you are using it with the thought it gives me more support. A regular knee sleeve is going to give some compression, not support. ...Read more
Pain behind the knee comes and goes from one knee to the other help when I wear a light compression brace was in military for 4 years what could it be?
Possible ligament issues: If you've been in the military you were involved in a lot of physical activity. That's strain puts pressure on your knees from bending lifting moving side to side. If the brace helps continue to wear it. If you want to take it a step further make an appointment with an orthopedic to see if an MRI or physical therapy or more in depth diagnosis is indicated. Good luck! ...Read more
Depends on diagnosis: Knee braces are used for many reasons such as patellar tendinitis, acl deficiency, mcl injury prevention, knee arthritis, and patellofemoral pain. Each brace is designed for a specific problem and the best brace for a specific person depends on what the brace is needed for. ...Read more
Knee braces: There is some controversy over exactly what knee braces do and how they work. However, the concensus in the medical commmunity is that they can be beneficial under certain circumstances, depending on exactly what your diagnosis is. You should see a good orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in knees and have a proper evaluation. Check out this handout: http://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0115/p423.html# ...Read more
Several: There are several very good brace manufacturers. Really depends on what your knee 'problem' is... If you have an ' acl - deficient knee' breg and don-joy both make quality custom- fit functional knee braces.Best to see your orthopedic surgeon to see if you require a knee brace ... Then he or she can recommend one best for you. Best of luck! ...Read more
Depends on why R U-: -wearing the brace. Only Ur orthopedist can tell U as there R so many reasons a brace is used 4. Fractures, sprains, ligament tears & post op. reconstruction. If U have not Cn an orthopedic surgeon please do so, & present Ur ? 2 him/her. ...Read more