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Sprained PCL and LCL. Looking for some recovery and brace advice

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I fell on ice last week and sprained my PCL and LCL. I'm not sure if anybody has had these similar injuries, but I was considering wearing a knee brace for skiing when I return in several weeks. I already have the fear of hurting my knee worse, so that is why I was thinking about the brace. All I'm wearing now is an over the counter brace from CVS to restrict my motion. My question to anybody is what kind of brace do you use for skiing, and do you have a full range of motion in it? Let me know your thoughts. I am only thinking about getting a brace in the $200 range, not the metal braces that are higher end, and start around $500. Thanks-John

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Hi bloomjdr,

 

I somehow missed this post last year- sorry I didn't help.  I damaged my PCL in '13/'14 and re-injured it last season too.  Last season's injury was basically stupid tax- I had a really good run and was looking at the clock while skiing out of the corral.  Caught my bad knee on the fence.  Should have had it in a brace due to instability from the prior injury- it will easily hyperextend if I'm not careful.

 

Sorry to say, but I'd recommend one of the ~$500 braces if you are still racing.  The better ones are Breg and Donjoy.  I went with a Breg Fusion and am very happy with it.  It has a set of 'stops' that allow the wearer to adjust the degrees of maximum extension which will keep you out of the danger zone.  I have seen other racers with the exact same brace or a very similar model from Donjoy.  Some will wear it under a suit, but I find it more comfortable over the suit.  My health plan includes an FSA (flexible spending account, pre-tax) that I used to pay for the brace- it's approved.  Perhaps you could have one covered as well.

 

This off season I'm spending a reasonable amount of time in the gym to strengthen my quads and hamstrings in order to compensate for the bad PCL.  Side benefit is shedding some lbs. too.  Hope you are well and that you plan to continue racing this season.

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Hey Ventura,

 

Nice to hear from you. I'm doing pretty good now. I did get a Breg brace last year. I used it a few times when skiing, but I was not skiing the same (the pressure on my skis didn't feel right). I raced the rest of the season without it, and I was ok. If I have sore days now, and I still use it, but not a lot. 90% of the time I am pain free. The good news is that it didn't hurt skiing after I injured it, which was great. I might have a small tear in my ACL, but my functions are very normal (Good old insurance denied an MRI). Moving on, I'm doing a lot at the gym to strengthen my entire body for ski season, and can't wait to ski. Thanks for your post!

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