knee brace

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Has anyone had any success with a Knee brace or support ??

If so, what kind and which make??

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    Hi Larry

    I use a dejoy brace

    expensive though but works for me

    best wishes

    Jude

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    I wouldn't advise using one without professional advice. Depending what's wrong with the leg they can be a real negative and cause more problems than they help. While taking away pain, the wrong device can cause severe atrophing of the muscle/ligaments and make rehab much harder. On the other hand, if the drs wanted you to have the joint immobilized they would probably have ordered you the proper item through a professionall fitting.
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      That sounds like good advice re muscle atrophy as I used to use a back Brace for heavy lifting at a place i worked at but was told not to wear it all the time as it stopped the core muscles from doing there job

      I want something to wear that I wear when I'm out walking, which is getting increasingly harder.

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      Hi Old Fat Guy

      As I have said to Larry the donjoy brace works for me

      tell me something Old fat guy  - have you ever used a donjoy brace  ?

      as from the way you are talking you just seems to know it all !!??

      regards

      jude

      ps my donjoy brace 

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      larry if your having difficulty with walking your futher down the road with knee problem maybe see gp and get some advice i wore a thin brace aroung my knee when i was playing golf but to be honest it didnt help much i cant remember which one but i got it on amazon and it didnt cost much it was for a runners knee ,it was a waste of money for me OFG is right it is not a good idea till you check out what the problem is  i hope yours is not to bad
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      I've just ordered a brace off amazon although it's a lot cheaper than yours.

      I had a knee arthroscopy last October and bow my knee is a lot worse than before.

      The distances I walk are getting less and less and with having a manual job stood on my feet all shift, my knee is aching at the end.

      Thankfully I have 2 mountain bikes and a road bike which I can use.

      If your brace works for you that's fair enough

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      Jude, I've been through 11 surgeries on my leg and knee. I've seen at least 6 specialist and 4 of them have whackedcon me at leats once. I've had to completely rebuild my knee 5 times so I use these experiences and advice to come up with my advice. I have been in an imboilizer 4 times all fitted by a professional in the field. Everyone of these has advised me never to wear any type of brace on the leg unless it's approved by drs. I'm not discounting any positives one might get but I'm also very much aware of the long term effects of having the blood flow slowed to the soft tissue and how fast the muscles atrophy when they arent allowed to perform when they are restricted. If you feel good about the way it helps you, more power to you but remember these manufacturers are selling a mass produced product for big profits. They arent responsible for any long term negative effects. Sorry I came across as a know it all in your opinion.
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      hi larry you say you have a bowin your leg ,my husband has one also and has been putting off getting TKR well to be honest my surgeries from TKR put hm right off . he will have to go ahead with the op id say next year at the latest because the surgeon has told him the longer you leave it the worse the bow and the worse the bow the more the bone loss   im making him appointment tomorrow for him to have injection to help with the pain as i feel he is carrying the leg more while he is trying to keep himself fit by walking the dog every day but all of a sudden he is starting to struggle
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      Linda, no I haven't got a bow in my leg but you are right about being put off by people's knee replacements

      My doctor said, at 57, I'm too young for a replacement anyway.

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      It always amazes me how young many of the people are that post on here and have already had one tor and are facing a 2nd. As long as yourr dr can help you through the pain and give you a decent life you are wise to wait. We used to think of joint replacement as a really old persons solution. It may be the push for excercise and healthier life styles that are getting people to wear themselves out our not enough education on how to go about it properly. In my case, I was 65 and had a t a 33rd tumor literally explode in my knee and hemmorage that caused my problems. My good knee has taken so much abuse that its starting to give me trouble but I can still move fast enough to outrun another one. As of right now, 10-15 years is generally considered the average life of a prosthesis so the longer you can put it off and still function the better off you are.
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      Hi Old Fat Guy

      thanks for reply -so you have had a TKR then ?

      sorry to hear of your lot, it must be hard to cope-  do you take any painkillers ?

      I am still exploring all the alternative options before going for TKR

      my surgeon Neil Bradley ( has anyone else used him ?)said that you know when you are ready for the big op

      I think he means when you have to crawl !!

      best wishes

      Jude

      ps apology accepted

       

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      I've had tor and two revisions. I'm on my 3rd prosthesis. Yes I still take pain killers at night mostly and occassionally before physical therapy. As I've said, my problem was a turmor and not wear and tear. I dont think you mentioned your age but putting it off is wise until it is completely disrupting your life as there is still only a certain amount of life in the average prosthesis. One of the major problems I have seen is the blasted limp that goes with the knee. When you start giving in to that then it's the hip, back neck and other leg that starts to have problems because you are compensating. Unless you are quite young I wouldn't let it go too many years. As for the brace......the more you wear it the more work you will have to do to rebuild as the leg becomes completely dependent on it for support and not your ligaments, tendons and muscles. Good luck no matter what route you take. Its not a fun experience.
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      i had bi lateral at 55 and yes if i had my time over i would have at the least only done one at a time as when one went wrong i literly didnt have a leg to stand on  i had revision at almost 57
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      Hi linda

      I saw my doctor yesterday who gave my knee the once over.

      She told me that when I had my arthroscopy the surgeon removed a quite considerable piece of cartlige

      She also said I could either be referred back to the consultant or have a scan first

      I'm reluctant to have another op so I think I'll try a physio another op.

      I enquired about the injection as a way of avoiding surgery and also a knee brace.

      The injection may be possible but she poo pooed the brace

      The brace I ordered has just arrived and while I won't be returning to distance running it feel better

      I'm just going out with my dog to test it

      Cheers, larr

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      id say most if not all surgeons /doctors dismiss braces i say why not give it a go it just might give you abit of support to walk your dog i like you really enjoy walking the dog  my hubby went to the doctor yesterday and got injection in the knee he really needs a TKR doctor is happy to inject it and told him it would be ok to come back every 3 or so months to get another injection to keep him comfortable which is great as my hubby knows his knee is totaly shot he just needs more time before he resigns himself to getting TKR because of my disaster of a bi lateral and the revision and another op in between i think he really is put off no matter how good the surgeon is with you larry take your time try physio for awhile and injections if you feel the need good luck with the testing hope your dog enjoys it
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      Linda, it went well with almost no limp and I wasnt slapping my other foot down when I walked.

      When I mentioned those injections and emphasised it wasn't the cortisone, she mentioned somewhere with 3 initials.....Mlk or somethung???

      I must admit I, like your husband have been put off a TKR

      A bloke at work had a TKR at 50 and that was his 10th knee op most of which got infected

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