Torn ACL Prevention and Recovery

Braces and Supports

 

Unless told to do otherwise by your doctor, you should not wear a brace or support during routine activities. The supporting muscles and connective tissue surrounding your knee need to be stronger and more flexible. Slapping on a brace that forces your knee to move in a single plane can actually be detrimental to the health of your knee.

However, if you have weakness in your knee or are actually recovering from a torn ACL you will probably want to support the joint with a brace when you are practicing or playing a sport. If you do not already have a brace, you should look for one with the optimal level of support: too rigid and you’ll reduce your range of motion too much; too flexible and you might as well not be wearing a brace at all.

The Brace Shop describes the support levels you are most likely to want to consider:

Level II Braces in this level offer ADDITIONAL protection and support features. These braces are usually made of neoprene, elastic or more exotic materials that provide added support not found in level I braces.  Simple non-adjustable hinges may be included in knee braces to provide medial and lateral stability to protect the medial and lateral collateral ligaments, meniscus and joint cartilage. Metal or plastic stays and straps may be included in ankle, back and wrist braces to add support and rigidity to the brace.

Level III Braces in this level offer ADVANCED protection and support features. These braces are usually made of neoprene, elastic or more exotic materials that provide added support not found in level II braces.  Adjustable hinges may be included in knee braces to provide protection of the ACL and PCL ligaments. Flexion and extension stops may be included to control knee joint range of motion. More advanced protection is provided for the medial and lateral collateral ligaments, meniscus and joint cartilage. Ankle braces will have advanced features such as figure 8 strapping or removable inserts for added rigidity. Wrist braces will contain more rigid support and adjustability.

 

Go to the Brace Shop’s online store to find the right brace for your situation.

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