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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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Can it hurt you if you run with a patella strap/knee brace? Even if I don't have tendonitis now but did in past

Can it hurt you if you run with a patella strap/knee brace? Even if I don't have tendonitis now but did in past

No harm.: No harm and may prevent! Decreasing patellar ligament stress will decrease the likelyhood of joint pain, whether mechanical or inflammatory ...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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Can a cast be used instead of a knee immobalizer for a dislocated patella if the brace doesn't work?

Yes if no surgery is: Needed, braces R removable (temptation is there) & tend 2 slip down if U do not have the perfect leg. That's my opinion, & it's a judgment call. All ortho guys don't Rx the same, & nothing wrong with that. ...Read more

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How do I brace a knee that is knocked kneed? A brace is uncomfortable when walking. Diagnosed with chrondromalacia patella 3 yrs ago.

How do I brace a knee that is knocked kneed? A brace is uncomfortable when walking. Diagnosed with chrondromalacia patella 3 yrs ago.

Vagus knees: Not very well.. Your knock knee deformity adds to keeping the patella subluxed and there hastens the wear (chondromalacia). You can try getting them tapped by an experienced knee physiotherapist ...Read more

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I was put in a knee immobilizer for a month due to a dislocated patella. The brace keeps sliding down and does not support my knee can I ask for cast?

I was put in a knee immobilizer for a month due to a dislocated patella. The brace keeps sliding down and does not support my knee can I ask for cast?

You can but you may not like it.: When we do a cast for a knee injury it is a straight leg cast. This means that you can't bend your knee at all and you have to hobble around on crutches. Perhaps you can work on fitting that knee brace a little better. ...Read more

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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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Is it not good to sleep with a knee brace on?

Is it not good to sleep with a knee brace on?

Ask your doctor: The answer to you question can vary depending on you exact condition. Have you knee professionally evaluated and ask your doctor when and for how long you should use your brace. ...Read more

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What's a good knee brace for football players?

What's a good knee brace for football players?

What position??: I believe that all linemen should wear hinged knee braces. For ball carriers, the use of any brace may slow down one performance and would probably only be worn if required by team physician. ...Read more

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Please advise if it's bad to sleep with a knee brace on?

Please advise if it's bad to sleep with a knee brace on?

Don't sleep with it.: In general, if you are using a knee brace just for a little support or comfort throughout the day, you should take it off to go to sleep, so that you don't constrict your circulation. If the brace is a ligament support brace for an injured knee, then your doctor may require you to sleep with it on. ...Read more

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Am I supposed to wear a knee brace during rehabilitation excersises?

Not necessarily: It depends on what injury you are trying to rehabilitate. The use of knee braces is controversial, with no solid evidence regarding their use. Most surgeons will use a post-op brace to protect the knee during the early post-op period, but rehabilitation exercises are designed to restore motion and strength with a low risk of injury, even without a brace. ...Read more

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My knee hurt after I workout do I knee a knee pad or a knee brace to stop it for hurting when I workout?

My knee hurt after I workout do I knee a knee pad or a knee brace to stop it for hurting when I workout?

Knee Brace: Wearing a pull up. Knee brace may be helpful during work out. A knee pad is used if you are kneeling on it. ...Read more

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Any suggestions on the type of knee brace that should be bought for injuries and support related to knock knees?

Any suggestions on the type of knee brace that should be bought for injuries and support related to knock knees?

Unloading: Yes. The scientific name for "knock knees" is genu valgum. There are braces known as "offloading" braces that can help with the increased mechanical load placed on the inner knee. If it is severe, a high tibial osteotimy is another option that is pretty successful. ...Read more

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