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Need a Knee Brace

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

Does anyone have a knee brace they used for skiing and found it to work well?

 

My LCL/MCL are screwed up, but I'd like to get in a month or two before I fix them and lose out on the rest of the season.  Looking for a brace to help me get through a couple of months.

post #2 of 18

A few years ago in Colorado I took a bad spill beginning of the season and really hurt my knee. I had it evaluated by a Doc (badly strained MCL) who prescribed a brace. It was a monster - not like the little spandex things you can buy in a drug store - went from high calf to almost mid thigh, lots of velcro and strong lateral support. I think it may have had some metal in the sides - can't recall. Anyway, all that said I hardly noticed it being on when skiing, so I wore it pretty much the whole season, long after my knee got back to feeling normal.

 

Mine was a little different but something like this...

 

 

 

If you go to a Sports Med Clinic/Orthopaedist in a ski town they will likely have a room (if not a warehouse) filled with these braces and also moonboots and other wearable stuff used to deal with common snow injuries. And even though the price is of course ludicrously high, (like everything else with healthcare these days), if you have insurance you may be covered for most if not all of the cost.

 

Good luck.  ;-)

post #3 of 18

My husband did a ton of research and bought a brace last year ... reasonable price ... and it changed his life.  He is not home right now or I would add details.  PM me so I can give you info..only because this post will not be at the top of the "new posts" list tomorrow and I will forget.  He used a local SoCal company and loves his brace.  It moves 'every which way" -which I realize is not the best "medical" description but he is skiing as well as ever, has full support, and no pain.

post #4 of 18

This is what I have. Skied 40+ days last year with a torn ACL (no surgery). Found it to be supportive & comfortable. Fully plan on wearing it again this year. Comes with a nylon sleeve that you wear under the brace for additional support & comfort. Insurance paid for it so I don't know the cost. I'm sure you could find both the brace & the cost online.

 

Bledsoe Z13

 

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post #5 of 18
Ossur Rebound (find on Amazon or other on-line sources) is what my knee surgeon recommended last year when I stretched my MCL.


post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by steamboat1 View Post
 

This is what I have. Skied 40+ days last year with a torn ACL (no surgery). Found it to be supportive & comfortable. Fully plan on wearing it again this year. Comes with a nylon sleeve that you wear under the brace for additional support & comfort. Insurance paid for it so I don't know the cost. I'm sure you could find both the brace & the cost online.

 

Bledsoe Z13

 

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X2.  I am in the same boat, tore ACL 3 years ago, no surgery.  Put me in the Bledsoe and have2 1/2 seasons on it.  Like how it pulls the tibia back as the knee locks.

post #7 of 18

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Originally Posted by steamboat1 View Post
 

This is what I have. Skied 40+ days last year with a torn ACL (no surgery). Found it to be supportive & comfortable. Fully plan on wearing it again this year. Comes with a nylon sleeve that you wear under the brace for additional support & comfort. Insurance paid for it so I don't know the cost. I'm sure you could find both the brace & the cost online.

 

Bledsoe Z13

 

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X3. using it for 2nd year now (soccer, skiing, long hikes). Have meniscus tear, partial ACL tear... one of the pads needed replacement after 1 year. will probably replace all the padding about now...

post #8 of 18
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X3. using it for 2nd year now (soccer, skiing, long hikes). Have meniscus tear, partial ACL tear... one of the pads needed replacement after 1 year. will probably replace all the padding about now...

Mine came with a full set of replacement pads. Haven't had to replace any yet & damn if I can remember where I put the extra pads. I'm sure I'll find them if I need them.

post #9 of 18

Since you intend to get surgery to fix your knee you might want to invest in one of the higher quality braces with the intention of wearing it after your surgery.  I have no ACL in my right knee and ski with a custom Breg Fusion brace:

 

 

Totally modular so you can have it adjusted if you gain or lose thigh or calf muscle. Replacement parts for everything. Different colors. It works very well for me and is pretty comfortable. Not like there is nothing there but not bad. Still nice to take it off at the end of the day. Donjoy also makes excellent braces. Your doctor will likely have a brand he recommends and you want to make sure you get one that is made for ligament support, not patella or osteoarthritis.Your insurance may also cover a brace and if you are going to get one of the high end custom braces which run about $1000-1500 you might want to see if insurance will pay for it.

post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thanks all for the input!  Please keep it coming.  Agreed regarding probably using it post surgery as well.

post #11 of 18

Blew my ACL in 2008 and was prescribed the Donjoy Defiance with the short cuff (to fit ski boots).  Same brace used by many NFL players and pro skiers.  Works well.  Contact Donjoy for your local rep and to get questions answered.

post #12 of 18

Blew my ACL when I was a teenager. 10 years later and neglectful of my health for much of it (= knee never 100% again), I find skiing with this Shock Doctor w/ Bilateral Hinges helped a great deal. Around $50, and has the metal supports of some higher end braces. Doubt it is nearly as heavy duty as some of those. . http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0059MN70E/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

post #13 of 18

Have you considered asking your OS?  You said you're going in to get it fixed so I'm thinking that is surgery or some sort and different braces do different things.  If it is just PT, yous should start that now.

 

After skiing a couple seasons with a BREG on each knee, I now just use compression tights.  No more swollen knees after a couple days of skiing

post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by L&AirC View Post
 

Have you considered asking your OS?  You said you're going in to get it fixed so I'm thinking that is surgery or some sort and different braces do different things.  If it is just PT, yous should start that now.

 

After skiing a couple seasons with a BREG on each knee, I now just use compression tights.  No more swollen knees after a couple days of skiing

What do you mean by "OS"?  I will most likely need surgery to get the ligaments fixed.  Didn't want to lose out on the season, so was hoping to get in a couple of months before I do it, and hopefully come back good to go for the next season.  I am trying to strengthen the leg as much as I can, of course.

 

Appreciate everyone's input, I'll see what insurance can/will cover that'll probably play a role in the decision as well.  I've already reached out to some of the local reps per some of the suggestions, but seems like I'd be looking at at least 600+ if I went with some of the more elaborate braces.  Will continue to research to see if it is worth it.

post #15 of 18
OS = Orthopedic Surgeon.
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by L&AirC View Post
 

Have you considered asking your OS?  You said you're going in to get it fixed so I'm thinking that is surgery or some sort and different braces do different things.  If it is just PT, yous should start that now.

 

After skiing a couple seasons with a BREG on each knee, I now just use compression tights.  No more swollen knees after a couple days of skiing


This!  You really need to get the opinion of the OS.  Why risk more and possible permanent damage for a few turns.  If the OS feels you can go for a little while, he can get you in a brace that possible would be covered y insurance.  At least he / she can guide you to a PT that can help you strengthen and recover.

post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by roverdisco View Post
 


This!  You really need to get the opinion of the OS.  Why risk more and possible permanent damage for a few turns.  If the OS feels you can go for a little while, he can get you in a brace that possible would be covered y insurance.  At least he / she can guide you to a PT that can help you strengthen and recover.

 

+1 on this. 

 

Braces should not be self-prescribed or internet-prescribed. They should be medically-prescribed.

post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by evaino View Post
 

 

+1 on this. 

 

Braces should not be self-prescribed or internet-prescribed. They should be medically-prescribed.

But ... sometimes medical won't cover it until you have had multiple injuries.  That is what happened to my hubby - not enough injuries or the right nature of injuries for surgery.  However, it reached the point he was concerned about turning right.  Anything too sudden and Uh-Oh!  He bought himself a Donjoy brace and has skied 2 seasons injury free which is the first in a long time!

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