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Dr. William Singer
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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


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What is the difference between open patella and a closed patella knee brace?

What is the difference between open patella and a closed patella knee brace?

A hole: There is an opening or a hole for your patella to be seen thru, like a window. In a closed one the brace is a solid piece and the patella is covered with the rest of the knee. ...Read more

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My doctor has me wearing a pto knee brace for instability of the patella. I have been wearing it for 5 days and today I noticed my ankle is swelled.

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My doctor has me wearing a pto knee brace for instability of the patella. I have been wearing it for 5 days and today I noticed my ankle is swelled.

Too tight!: Most likely, swelling in ankle is due to wearing your knee brace too tight. See if you can wear it a bit looser. Discuss w/your doctor to determine your risk for coincidental clot development ie deep vein thrombosis or DVT (less likely). ...Read more

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My kneecap hurts sinc I fell so should I use a knee brace?

My kneecap hurts sinc I fell so should I use a knee brace?

Have it evaluated: Have it evaluated by a professional. Depending on the severity of the injury treatment options include: bracing, casting, physical therapy, infections, and surgical repair. ...Read more

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Most preferred knee brace for dislocating knee cap?

Most preferred knee brace for dislocating knee cap?

Patellar brace with-: A doughnut in it to keep the patella reduced in its place, preventing it from dislocating again. ...Read more

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I dislocated my knee cap but when I fell it instantly went back into place. How long will I have to use the knee brace and crutches?

I dislocated my knee cap but when I fell it instantly went back into place. How long will I have to use the knee brace and crutches?

4-6 weeks: Ideally, you would go 4-6 weeks before you fully flex your knee again. When you dislocate your knee, you tear some of the medial structures that hold it in place and they must heal to prevent persistent instability. Knee flexion puts a stress on the knee cap that forces it laterally and can cause these medial structures not to heal correctly. ...Read more

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What kind of knee brace do I need to help with my patellar tendonitis pain?

What kind of knee brace do I need to help with my patellar tendonitis pain?

Chopart strap: A chopart strap brace is used for patellar tenonitis. In addition, NSAID medication is utilized. (non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs). ...Read more

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I work in a place with a lot of stairs, I have patellar tendonitis, should I wear a knee brace? And if so what kind should I get?

I work in a place with a lot of stairs, I have patellar tendonitis, should I wear a knee brace? And if so what kind should I get?

Strengthen knee: Strengthening of quadriceps muscle would more likely solve the problem. Brace may work, but would be required from then on, as allows muscles to become even weaker and worsen instability. ...Read more

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I've had knee cap issues for 3 years now where my left knee cap slides slightly out of place my doctor told me to wear a knee brace but it doesn't help?

I've had knee cap issues for 3 years now where my left knee cap slides slightly out of place my doctor told me to wear a knee brace but it doesn't help?

Second opinion: Perhaps you need a different type of knee brace. You may need to change your activity while you are wearing a brace. Physical therapy may be beneficial to strengthen the muscles around your knee. Discuss your dissatisfaction with the results of the brace with your doctor and explore other treatment options, or consider getting a second opinion from an orthopedist or sports medicine doctor. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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When I straighten my right leg it pops painfully and I wear a knee brace on it. What should I do about?

When I straighten my right leg it pops painfully and I wear a knee brace on it. What should I do about?

Further work up: You need a thorough history, physical exam and possibly some further work up - xray/mri. However, if after the history ; exam, your doc doesn't determine any significant problem or the problem becomes apparent, he may choose to prescribe treatment commensurate to the problem found. ...Read more

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What's the best right knee brace for hiking? After a long hike swinging my leg forward hurts. Sitting Indian style hurts but straight bend is ok.

What's the best right knee brace for hiking? After a long hike swinging my leg forward hurts. Sitting Indian style hurts but straight bend is ok.

Soft knee brace: Pull on soft knee braces. Don't need the patellar hole. Can cover the whole knee. Should be snug, but not too tight. Try it on prior to purchase. U can also look into tommiecopper, and similar type braces. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Tendonitis of the knee pain increasing no pain killers anti flam meds working wearing knee brace pain travelling down leg now?

Tendonitis of the knee pain increasing no pain killers anti flam meds working wearing knee brace pain travelling down leg now?

Might need to see Dr: There are many causes of knee pain. Tendinitis generally doesn't respond to medications. A physiotherapist might be helpful re your bracing. Suggest get it checked if worsening. Here is a generic article on knee pain see if any fit to discuss with your doctor: http://patient. Info/doctor/knee-assessment ...Read more

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I wore a tight knee brace all night. Now my lower leg and foot are swollen. No pain or tingling. Keeping it elevated, but not getting better?

I wore a tight knee brace all night. Now my lower leg and foot are swollen. No pain or tingling. Keeping it elevated, but not getting better?

Ultrasound Review: Acute swelling symptoms, one should be concerned about deep venous thrombosis. This life threatening problem can be determined on physical exam and a focus venous ultrasound examination by a physician skill in treating venous disease. Check out the american venous forum or american college of phlebology. I recommend review. ...Read more

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After 7 days of bed rest, knee brace and crutches I can't walk with my left leg or put pressure bcs it bends and my foot feels rlly weak is it normal?

After 7 days of bed rest, knee brace and crutches I can't walk with my left leg or put pressure bcs it bends and my foot feels rlly weak is it normal?

Not normal/healthy: Either one. With any lack of use of muscles, both our muscles & brain coordination for effective use decline. However, with such limited information, it is difficult to offer much help. Why the rest, brace, crutches in the first place? Build, previous capabilities & activities, known absence of health issues? ...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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Patella (Definition)

Patella is a thick piece of bone, more commonly known ...Read more