Today I am getting fitted for brace that I will (or should) use for playing sports from here until about a year on out. Some people wear them longer, some wear them less. It’s whatever you feel most comfortable doing. Some people wear them for years as a preventitive measure. My doctor said it more or less serves as a “reminder” that you have a weaker knee.
Leading up to today, the only thing I knew about braces is that they are bulky, expensive and, well bulky. A lot of people get a customized brace which can range from $-$. Yikes! (No one said this injury was cheap.) You can also buy braces “off the shelves.” You can do this through knee brace industry experts, like Don Joy, or from your friendly corner store, like CVS. I will say it right now–I do NOT reccommend buying a post-op brace at CVS, especially for your initial return to full-contact sports. I’m simply stating that you can buy braces there. Maybe at some point down the road when you are well past surgery and just need a little brace to help you out, but even then, that’s your personal call.
Anyway, I’m measured, fitted and ordered for my new brace. I’ll let you know the damages when I find out.
What are your thoughts on braces? How often do you use them? Do you find them helpful?