|Originally posted by Kneale Brownson:
Friend of mine said his surgeon told him he'd only fix his ACL if my friend promised to never wear a brace. The muscle rehab the surgeon prescribed is supposed to provide the needed protection.
TRUE, very true - AS A GENERAL RULE THAT REQUIRES CLARIFICATION.
* before rehab is complete and post-surgical leg musculature is at 110%, and before physiological recovery (graft or other surgical product has fully integrated into your body), an ACL anti-rotation brace is a GOOD IDEA -- especially given the cost of surgery and the down-time required for recovery.
* for some athletes, the mental side of how to evaluate the "new knee" and its stability has just as much to do with athletic performance as the quality of the actual surgical repair or reconstruction. I am one of those people. I used to use ACL braces for all sports. I had an ACL recon on the right knee in 1985, and on the left knee in 1999. I skied with ACL braces in the 2000-2001 ski season, but haven't used any since then.
but Kneale's friend's surgeon did voice the general consensus among KNOWLEDGEABLE orthopods. mine said the same, with the two caveats I listed above, which are PERSONAL caveats that vary depending upon the particular patient.
Now with all that said,
The BREG Tradition Slalom is the best ACL anti-rotation brace for skiers, regardless of the repeated applause for the CTi, and for the rather outdated Don-Joy.