Originally Posted by Lisamarie
Fortunately, the knee feels okay and the brace didn't bother me. I do want to work with an instructor I feel comfortable with before I get back into any serious skiing.
My free advice, Lisa, worth what you pay for it, from the perspective of someone who tore an MCL:
1. If you are wearing the full on steel brace, wear it as close to the skin as possible--not outside the ski bibs, where it won't (as I was advised, anyway) actually do you any good.
2. After you give up wearing the steel brace, you can experiment with the elastic variety--see if it helps. I found it helpful, as an additional support and psychological reminder to be kind to the injured knee it was wrapped around.
3. If you have any recurring knee pain, pay some attention to whether you've modified your walking gait: I found that (to save my aching MCL) I ended up walking with a toe-out on my injured leg, which made it hurt on the outside of the knee, until I finally straightened out my walk again.
Have a great ski season!