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9/28/18 11:28 A

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so glad you made it work for you................

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9/28/18 8:48 A

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i dont see anything wrong with that? we buy braces in the store..if you have one that works that you made,,good on you!

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9/28/18 2:17 A

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OK this may be a bit unorthodox but I was having problems with knee braces not working: too little support, too much support, wrong kind of support, etc. The way I got the support I needed was to jerry rig my own. ☆I know, I know not a doctor but when you need the support to stand up you get desperate. What I did was take two cheap stretchy brace that fit my knee, different strengths of elastic, & some iron on no sew tape [carpal tunnel too]. I then consulted the braces I had to see how the parts that did work were set up & a lot of research online. This got me to a diagram of placements including strengths that I used to attach the elastics to the brace. Then I attatched the second brace on top. It wasn't perfect the first couple of tries but I got it just right so now I can walk around.

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4/3/12 7:32 P

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my custom brace did nothing for me. $1800 down the tubes. and i cant afford the right one..so i totally understand!!

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3/15/12 5:56 P

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It's really important to wear a brace after surgery if your doctor prescribes one in order to protect your knee from becoming reinjured. Even if you can walk reasonably well if you fall you can bust up your knee again and require surgery again which will cause additional complications. So they're really for your own protection. It's important to get a good orthopedist with a lot of experience who knows what he's doing and knows what kind of brace is good for you. Those ACE bandages with the hole in the kneecap really don't work for me at all. But the custom ACL brace has nothing on the the kneecap and is very comfortable to wear. Also before I injured my ACL I had patella tendonitis bands for running, they are also quite comfortable and relieve tendonitis around the kneecap.

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3/14/12 8:44 P

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prices seem to vary from company to company............some are better than others.....so sad for those you need any kind of medical supply etc.......

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3/14/12 1:29 P

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I have tried everything from ACE Bandages to Knee Braces from Walgreen's and none of them work and seem to cause more pain. I never seem to get the right size and it feels like they squash my Patella into an unnatural position. If you have to have one, it should come from an Orthopedist who knows exactly what you need it for so you get the right one and right size. It will probably cost $$$ because the medical supply companies they contract with mark equipment up 100%+.

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3/13/12 9:40 P

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I have a custom brace for my ACL surgery as described below, but it only cost me $500. Insurance would have paid but I have a $1000 deductible, so he gave me a discount. Plus the guy gave great service. The hospital lost the sock that the brace came with when I was there for my surgery. the guy who supplied the brace sent me two replacement socks free of charge no questions asked. My Dr. said how long I use it depends on my recovery time, could be up to 6 months and i might need another brace for sports, but we'll see how much progress i make. He said I'll be on crutches anywhere from 2-6 weeks.

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2/27/12 1:53 P

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the butcher that crippled me made me get an $1800 custom brace. they put a cast on my leg, then cut it off and sent it to the place, which made this "custom" brace. eighteen HUNDRED dollars!!! thats 3 mortgage payments for me!!
when i got a new doc, i walked in with this brace on. he looked at me..said..umm..whats that? i said the brace dr ___ had me get. he said oh. i hate to tell you this, but its the wrong brace for your problem...
yeah. go figure.

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great that you have the support you need.........

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2/22/12 1:02 P

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I have one but I only use it when I exercise since it does help stabilize me

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wow.............how we easily buy into things especially when it comes form dr's etc

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One time when I went to the ER for knee pain, they put me in this thing, it went from my hip down. I showed up at the Dr. office in it and he was furious. He took it off and kept it. He said they do more harm than good. I mean he was red in the face.

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2/21/12 2:04 A

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Interesting. I didn't realize there were different kinds of knee braces or reasons for wearing them. Very helpful article.

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Do I Need a Knee Brace?
By Brett Sears


Question: Do I Need a Knee Brace?
A knee injury can be a painful and scary experience. You may notice that knee pain can limit your ability to walk, work, and participate fully in recreational activity. You may require physical therapy to help improve range of motion and strength and decrease pain after a knee injury. If you have injured your knee, you may wonder if a knee brace is the right device for you.

Answer:
There is some controversy over the use of knee braces for knee pain. A brace may limit mobility of your knee and kneecap. While doing so, the muscles and tendons that support your knee do not have to work, and therefore they may become weakened. This can limit their ability to work properly when the knee brace is not being worn, leading to further injury and functional loss in the knee.

What Does a Knee Brace Do?

A knee brace can serve many functions depending on the specific problem for which it is being used. If you have suffered a dislocated patella (kneecap), a brace can help keep the patella in the right place during walking, running and athletic activity. After knee surgery like a meniscus repair or ananterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair, a knee brace may help stabilize the joint. A brace may also be used to stabilize the knee in the initial treatment of a fracture.

Types of Knee Braces

Knee immobilizer: A knee immobilizer is a brace that does exactly what its name implies: it immobilizes the knee joint and prevents it from moving. It is a long cloth brace that extends the length of the shin and thigh. There are metal support struts on the inside and outside part of the brace. Velcro straps hold the knee immobilizer in place.

If you suffer a fracture of the patella or upper shin bone, a knee immobilizer may be used to help keep things in place during healing. The benefit of an immobilizer as compared to a plaster cast is that it can be removed to allow gentle motion to occur during healing.

A knee immobilizer may also be used after ligament or tendon injury or surgery around the knee. It can help keep the knee straight to allow proper healing to occur, but it can also be removed for gentle motion to occur. Be sure to speak with your doctor or physical therapist to be certain that it is safe before removing your knee immobilizer.

Bledsoe brace: A Bledsoe brace is commonly used to stabilize the knee after surgery. The brace is most often prescribed after ACL surgery. It has straps that wrap around the thigh and shin and metal support brackets on the inside and outside part of the knee joint. There is a small locking mechanism that can lock the knee into full extension (straightening), or the mechanism can be unlocked to allow the knee to bend a specified amount.

After ACL surgery, your doctor will tell you at which setting to keep the joint lock. Initially, the lock is kept in full extension to protect the healing ligament. As healing occurs and more stress is allowed on the ligament, the locking mechanism may be changed to allow the knee to bend to a specific range. Be sure to consult with your doctor or physical therapist before making any changes to your Bledsoe brace.

Patella control brace: A patella control brace is a neoprene sleeve worn over the knee. It has a cutout that exposes the patella and it serves to hold the patella in the proper place during activities like walking, running, or squatting.

If you have suffered a dislocated patella, the patella control brace is a good option to help keep the patella in the proper position. Other conditions like patellofemoral stress syndrome,knee arthritis, or chondromalacia patella (CMP) may also benefit from the use of a patella control brace. Be sure to talk to your physical therapist or doctor to be sure you are using the correct brace for your condition.

Motion control brace: If you have sprained or overstretched the ligaments on the side of your knee (namely the medial collateral or lateral collateral ligament), a motion control brace may be a good option for you. This brace is a neoprene sleeve with metal supports on the inside and outside that help support the ligaments there. It is a good brace to use for athletic activity that requires pivoting, stopping and starting, or repetitive bending of the knee.

Bottom Line

If you have injured your knee or have had surgery on your knee, a brace may help provide support and motion control during functional activity. Remember that a brace may lead to disuse of the muscles of the leg. Therefore it is recommended that you maintain strength by performing knee strengthening, hip strengthening, and ankle strengthening exercises. It is also important that the brace is fitted and worn properly to get maximum benefit from the brace and to avoid further injury from improperly using your brace.

Most importantly, the use of a knee brace should be discussed with your doctor and physical therapist. Both of these practitioners can evaluate your knee and help decide if you should use a knee brace. Your physical therapist and doctor can also work together to help determine the best knee brace for your specific condition
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