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Do lateral unloader knee braces create more pain, when first starting out wearing them? I am experiencing pain on the medial side now.

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

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Can i still wear knee braces with clot?

Can i still wear knee braces with clot?

Possibly: Check with your doctor. Be careful wearing anything too tight which may cause compression of the extremity. If you are on a blood thinner then your doctor may let you wear a brace applied relatively looser than usual. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is the best knee braces for it band pain?

Can you tell me what is the best knee braces for it band pain?

None.: a brace or sleeve over your knee, will only irritate the IT Band worse, from the direct compression. Usually, IT Bands respond to stretching. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Cartilage problem: This may be a current problem, like in intoned arrangement of some sort internal to the knee. Your valuation is going to need imaging and possibly an MRI to clarify the changes. You need to discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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Can knee braces straighten bowed legs in adults?

Can knee braces straighten bowed legs in adults?

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

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Are knee braces / immobilizers used for all knee micro fracture surgeries?

Are knee braces / immobilizers used for all knee micro fracture surgeries?

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

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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.

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.

Yes: Most likely the popping is due to a condition call patella chondromalacia.Braces will help is the patellas are tracking laterally.Only specials x-ray will demostrate if you have that codition.Pt will help also. ...Read more

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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?

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?

First thing is 2 get: a firm diagnosis. Get in 2 C a sports medicine, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon & find out what is wrong . often requires hands on xam & special imaging like a MRI.once U have a diagnosis Ur ortho can tell U what the plan of care is. ...Read more

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Are prescription knee braces really better than the over-the-counter ones?

Are prescription knee braces really better than the over-the-counter ones?

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

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Are knee braces good to help with chondromalacia patella? I don't see many people recommending them.

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

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Can a dependence on knee braces lead to pain/stiffness in the quadriceps?

Can a dependence on knee braces lead to pain/stiffness in the quadriceps?

Yes: Prolonged use of a brace which limits muscular contractions may cause stiffness of the involved muscles. Ill fitting braces may cause pain or discomfort. ...Read more

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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. ???

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

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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?

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?

Surgery : You don't state if there is any pain or inability to walk or perform daily tasks. If not , surgery is not necessary. If there is then see a surgeon to discuss your needs and concerns. ...Read more

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I'm really nervous about having knee microfracture surgery for my chondromalacia, what can I expect? Crutches a braces? I'm nervous

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

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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?

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

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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

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Is it bad to use a brace for a bad knee?

Is it bad to use a brace for a bad knee?

No, but: My best advice is that you seek attention and have that knee evaluated. There are a few conditions that may actually worsen by wearing the wrong brace, any brace or no brace. ...Read more

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How to fix my knee in a brace for basketball?

How to fix my knee in a brace for basketball?

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

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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?

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

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Looking for the best knee brace?

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

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What happens if i don't wear my knee brace?

What happens if i don't wear my knee brace?

Not enough info: Why are you supposed to be wearing it in the first place? ...Read more

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Does the brace really help align your knees? how long does the process take?

Does the brace really help align your knees? how long does the process take?

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

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What is a good knee brace?

What is a good knee brace?

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

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How long should you use a knee brace for?

How long should you use a knee brace for?

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

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What is the purpose of a knee brace? How does it help?

What is the purpose of a knee brace? How does it help?

Stability.: Many knee braces have hinges, to make up for any ligamentuous laxity one may have. Others are merely sleeves, that may help the tracking of the kneecap. ...Read more