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What Should I Look For When Choosing A Joint Brace To Use While Playing Sports
Is a brace necessary for sports after ACL surgery? I am an athlete and am having ACL replacement surgery so that i can continue to be active. Will i need to use a brace to support my knee for the rest of my life when playing sports?
Hello: Strictly : Hello: strictly speaking you do not need to wear a brace after acl surgery. Some patients like the supportive feel of an acl brace during rehab. In some instances and some sports, a brace may help protect against collision-related reinjuries. I do believe there is no strongly overwhelming evidence to mandate a brace or to avoid a brace, so i discuss the above with the patient and help them decide. I generally advise those who get a brace to use it for the first year back to sports, unless they do some higher-collision-risk sports infrequently (for example, skiing), then i would have no problem with their wearing the brace a couple times a year for those occasions for several years. I would have problems with patients who feel they "must" have a brace: then i would want to rule out residual instability, and if that is ruled out, work with those patients to make sure they are confident on their feet. After all, the acl reconstruction should provide stability! i hope this helps! sincerely, jim hsu, md seattle, wa. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will wearing a knee brace while playing sports make it less likely to have an injury or more likely?
Stability: The thought is that wearing a knee brace helps to stabilize the knee and associated ligaments and tendons when you are experiencing pain or minor injury. I see the brace as a protective factor while playing sports if you are dealing with knee tendon or ligament strain/pain. I doubt if it would really benefit or protect you to wear one if no injury exists however. ...Read more
I am loosely held together/ flexible and I am not allowed to play sports anymore, what are some excercises i could do, i can pop joints out, not tryin?
Possible EDS: You probably have ehlers-danlos syndrome (eds) or another one of the disorders characterized by loose-jointedness (hypermobility). The first step is to establish which disorder you have and that will determine what is appropriate in terms or exercises. See a rheumatologist before you start any exercise program. ...Read more
I'm 27 play a lot of intramural sports. I have no issues. Would you recommend wearing a sleeve brace for my ACL prevention? What would you recommend
I have just been diagnosed with ehlers-danlos syndrome (joint cartilage) so should I stop playing sports?
Not completely.: Your condition also is associated with hypermobilty of tendons and ligaments. While i think you should avoid contact sports, impulsive sports (tennis, basketball), you can bike, swim, do resistance training and keep your health in the best it can be. ...Read more
I have had an Acl injury complete tear
I took a rest from sports activites these past 2 month can I play sports activites awhile wearing acl brace?
Varies: You can try it, but you need to understand that if you have an ACL deficient knee and play sports, there is a fairly high risk you can damage other parts if your knee such as a meniscus. Con general, patients who are low demand and don't play sports do better with an ACL deficient knee than those that want to stay active. The braces don't do a lot to change that in my opinion. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Could overuse/bruising of joints stunt growth? For example, could playing sports such as soccer stunt growth.
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