My understanding of knee braces is similar to yours: a brace can restore some stability to a knee with a partial or complete ACL tear. Someone with an unstable knee can, while wearing a brace, perform activities of daily living (walking down stairs, for example). However, at least according to the orthopedic surgeons I know, there is little evidence that such a brace can prevent an injury, especially from skiing, football, etc.
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12/21/06 at 3:16pm