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Anyone have a custom knee brace?

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  1. Glock&KimberLady

    Glock&KimberLady Morior Invictus

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    Getting fitted soon for a custom lateral unloader (DonJoy, I believe).

    Anyone have experience with them, tips, etc.? I will be wearing it mostly for snowboarding and dirtbiking.

    This won't be for arthritis like a traditional unloader, or for ACL/MCL issues like a CI brace...more for support during the sports I do because in addition to my already jacked up meniscus and subsequent surgery, I picked up two new meniscal tears since May. :shocked:
     
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    I have two CTi/Ossur carbon fiber custom knee braces, well worth the expense and CTi has a motocross accessory kit that adds a knee guard, pads and a sleeve.

    I had to go from this (ACL, MCL, tibial plateau break): [​IMG]

    To this: [​IMG]
     
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  3. Glock&KimberLady

    Glock&KimberLady Morior Invictus

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    That is a whamodyne lookin brace. For ACL instability?

    I don't "race" bikes any more (and I was never very good at it), just ride in the woods.

    You wear that on your bare leg, no sleeve?
     
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    I have one when I do more intensive exercise these days. Fitted for it after having a new ACL installed and lateral and medial meniscus tears fixed up. My surgeon said I don't technically need one but he suggested it as a good precaution (and probably got a kickback for it but whatever, it's hella cool!)

    I wear mine on skin. Just keep it clean. The pads should pull off and be washable. I do notice that my range of motion when bending my leg is a little limited by the brace but part of that is that my leg is still not quite as strong as it was before surgery.

    Best advice I can give though: get a really cool and obnoxious custom color. I mean, if you're got to rock a brace, ROCK A BRACE!
     
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    I wore a DonJoy temporarily after my ACL reconstruction (soccer) years ago, but was not required after the rehabilitation. It wasn't particularly bothersome.

    -ArtificialGrape
     
  6. Glock&KimberLady

    Glock&KimberLady Morior Invictus

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    @Neero - I was wondering about the range of motion. I hadn't planned on using any lockouts, but the ability to land in a squat without breaking my leg would be good (thinking flipping off a jump and landin low on a snowboard).

    Of course, the thought of modifying mymrecreational activities is :alex:

    I figure I'll go with butterflies or some crazy pink and black gradient (DonJoy Defiance). Then again, it'll be under multiple snow layers or dirtbike leathers anyway. Mr. GKL has a CI brace in hot pink waaaay back in the day... :supergrin:
     
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    I have a Donjoy Defiance made out of carbon fiber :supergrin:. I wear mine if I'm out going something rigorous or slightly dangerous. When I was fitted for mine , I told the tech I had some knee high snakeboots and motocross boots . I'll add a pic in a few mins.



    I attempted to add a pic thru ohub but no joy.....
     
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  8. Glock&KimberLady

    Glock&KimberLady Morior Invictus

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    Well poop...I would have liked to see it.

    I figure I'll tell the rep to,allow for,snowboarding boots and moto boots. Although maybe I should try to wrangle waterproof stuff too...after all, I do jetski...

    :tempted:
     
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    Get your Orthopedic to work with the brace fitter for the best options. Mine was fitted to support everything since I basically blew out and/or broke everything there is to tear up in a knee.

    I have a pair of the Fox knee brace riding socks for motorcycles.
    When I'm riding mountainbikes or other moderate exercise I just wear it bareback with no problems.
    The CTi is also waterproof so you can wear it water skiing.
    I have the "Sport" version which is supposedly strong enough for pro football players.
    Mine has survived a LOT of abuse with just a few scratches.
     
  10. onebigelf

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    I have custom braces for both knees ( basically no cartilage to speak of, no interior medials, and no stability. It was cool having plaster casts of both legs done and seeing my "leg" from an external perspective. I build armor on mine and fought in them, but kept tearing them up. Now I just wear them when the knees are overstressed and wobbley.

    John
     
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    I have a fitted donjoy-acl/mcl.
    Pay close attention to fitting instructions.
    The donjoy I have is pretty compact and comfy.
     
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    Here's the shot of the rear.


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    The bottom strap sits near the top of the calf muscle.
     
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    I have an ancient persciption brace from 1990 for an unrepaired acute ACL tear. It was great - went back to full activity. But that was due in part - and here is my tip - to the fact that I've done leg extensions, curls, and squats for the past 22 years. Keep your strength up, especially when you get older. Best of luck, and have fun.
     
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    I had the CTi fitted for me after ACL/Meniscus overhaul.It was the most uncomfortable thing I ever wore. I tried it a few times and hated it. I finally got tired of it and threw it in the woods. I'll go look for it and send it to ya, if you'd like.

    I am a stand up rider. If you sit a lot, it might be better.
     
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    I'd have gone to a different fitter.
    I wear mine in a lot of different sports and they never felt uncomfortable. Supportive and they do restrict movement along certain axis (but there's a reason for that) but a properly fitted brace should not be uncomfortable.
     
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    Yep. I had to wear mine for 6 months when I got out my full length brace. I was even slept in mine.

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    I've had ACL reconstruction on both of my knees (accidents were ten years apart). I have two CTI custom braces. One left and one right. I only where them skiing/snowboarding. I really like them. In fact, I'm heading out skiing for the weekend today and I just packed them in my truck.

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  18. Glock&KimberLady

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    Had a call Friday saying I had to come back in to the office and "discuss what kind of brace you need with the doctor".

    Called back and explained we'd already discussed it, I was wearing the off-the-shelf brace for a few weeks to satisfy insurance, knowing damn well it wasn't going to work...and that he wanted me to have a custom lateral unloader. I busted the hinge on the OTS brace after about twenty minutes of boarding...the lockout doesn't work any more. /smiles demurely/. TOLD YOU IT WOULDN'T WORK

    Doc's assistant agreed, said the "girls in the back" did not agree. Who these mysterious "girls" are, I have no idea.

    No coincidence that coming back in will cost me another forty buck copay....for a conversation that might last five minutes. :upeyes:

    She has yet to call me back. Guess I need to put my Honey Badger hat on and start hassling them Monday.

    Also no coincidence that my current no-deductible plan shoots up to a $700 deductible on January 1st, so I have a vested interest in getting this done NOW.

    I love medical BS.
     
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    How did you break the hinge on your OTS brace? This sounds like you are putting a lot of stress on your knee. Did you hyperextend and somehow break the lockout of the hinge or did the hinge break some other way?

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    The hyperextension lockouts were set at 10 degrees...the left hinge started clicking and catching when I walked about 20 minutes into my first run...checked the brace and the hinge can bend equally forward or backward. I don't know if I lost the lockout bit or if I truly broke the hinge, but the hyperextension protection is only on one side. Which is kinda worthless.

    And it's, you know, off the shelf....:whistling:

    I really do love snowboarding. It was a long day, lots of ice and scratch, a few jumps and multiple wipeouts. In others, a normal outing for me. :supergrin: