Knee braces

I know there's been so many discussions on knee braces while riding (brands, etc), but I was wondering if anyone had any good recommendations for a knee brace for "everyday"/general use - hiking, biking, gym, etc..

 

Thanks

I don't know any brands or suggestions due to the price. I don't even like riding with knee pads on to be honest but I do it. 

I don't know any brands or suggestions due to the price.

I know they're expensive,but I've been taping my knee (which only lasts for a day or two). So I figured with the amount I'm spending on tape, I may as well break down and get a brace. I've been looking at some of the DonJoy.

Plus, I've had the unfortunate occasion of being knocked over (ok, attacked) by a Rottweiler (who probably weighed 100 pounds) and landed pretty hard on my knee...and it's been pretty sore since :(

I had to use one of the DonJoy knee braces for when I fractured my femur back in january and had it on for 3 months. It didnt bother me when I walked or when I was at physical therapy, I even went riding with it on once. My doctor told me it is what some football players use while playing if they need a knee brace but it certainly helped me

I had to use one of the DonJoy knee braces...

Thanks. It seems as though DonJoy is the most used, although I did recently see a Mueller one I might try that costs alot less.

I'm just looking for one that offers some support - doesn't have to be real fancy - yesterday I went for a short bike ride on a flat surface and after mile 6 my knees were killing me. By the time I was done my knees (esp. My right knee) was so swollen, you about couldn't even hardly see my knees and I could barely walk back to the car. Not sure what's now going on with my knees and why they would get so swollen..... And I've had my bike adjusted by the bike shop too.

I've always read that bicycling is easy on the knees - I'd have to challenge whoever said that as they haven't seen my knees after cycling!

I wear the evs pro's while riding.

Cti for everything else, got that after acl surgery a while back.

If riding a bike is bothering you try using a foam yoga roller for itb and an anti inflammatory

Cti for everything else, got that after acl surgery a while back.

If riding a bike is bothering you try using a foam yoga roller for itb and an anti inflammatory

 

Thanks for the suggestions....

 

I already take anti-inflammatories but they don't help much anymore.  But, ever since the dog incident, it's gotten worse.  Now, if I turn too quick, or turn the wrong way, my knee will give out.... :(

Thanks for the suggestions....

 

I already take anti-inflammatories but they don't help much anymore.  But, ever since the dog incident, it's gotten worse.  Now, if I turn too quick, or turn the wrong way, my knee will give out.... :(

sounds like you need an mri - acl or meniscus or both may be damaged. Dont mess with your knees - if acl it needs fixing or early arthritis is in your future. I'm 3 months post op and riding 30kms with no pain or swelling. Get it checked out and good luck.

I'm no medical pro but seems to me you need to know what's wrong before you go deciding what kind of brace you need (if you need one at all). There's different braces for different ligament issues. You might even have a soft tissue injury. Just go to a Physio/Sports Med Doc and they can diagnose you fairly well or, if in question, suggest an MRI.

Not sure about the knee but I know it's impossible to tape your own foot properly. Fictional/placebo support (which has actually been shown to work too though)

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sounds like you need an mri - acl or meniscus or both may be damaged. Dont mess with your knees - if acl it needs fixing or early arthritis is in your future. I'm 3 months post op and riding 30kms with no pain or swelling. Get it checked out and good luck.

 

So, finally had an appointment with a "sports medicine" doc - never took an x-ray (and of course no mention of an MRI).  He looked at me and the scars on my leg,  said "well, you're over 50, what do you want?"  At the point when I started asking questions, he told me to leave his office, handed me the paperwork and said "checkout's out the door to your left".

 

Last week on vacation, went for a long (too long) walk, then to dinner.  Getting up from dinner, I couldn't hardly put any weight on my leg as my knee couldn't take take it.  My friends had to help me back to the hotel.  Then  I was walking across campus to a meeting yesterday - and my knee decided to give out on me - twice. 

 

Back to square one.  :(

It's your Acl if you are having episodes of giving way. Your quad is trying to unsuccessfully compensate for the instability.  Some people can adjust to having no cal with therapy while others never do. The giving way can be especially dangerous when walking down stairs.  As an aside I always carry a plastic vacuum extension when I'm outside with my dog.  He knows to stay away or he'll get a whack.  An 100 pound dog charging you at full gallop is scary even if the dog is just  playing.  The just don't know any better.

So, finally had an appointment with a "sports medicine" doc - never took an x-ray (and of course no mention of an MRI).  He looked at me and the scars on my leg,  said "well, you're over 50, what do you want?"  At the point when I started asking questions, he told me to leave his office, handed me the paperwork and said "checkout's out the door to your left".

 

Last week on vacation, went for a long (too long) walk, then to dinner.  Getting up from dinner, I couldn't hardly put any weight on my leg as my knee couldn't take take it.  My friends had to help me back to the hotel.  Then  I was walking across campus to a meeting yesterday - and my knee decided to give out on me - twice. 

 

Back to square one.  :(

hey inlineskater at a mear 50 you've still got many miles left. So unless you plan on a very sedentry lifestyle, you should get to a specialist knee surgeon - chances are you'll have an accurate diagnosis in 10 minutes even without mri. Not worth the instability, pain and ongoing damage when there are fixes. Hope you find a decent doc soon.

Based on what you said I'd be telling their office you want your money back and reporting his poor practice. Get some referrals and find a different Doc.

It's your Acl if you are having episodes of giving way.

I guess one of the reasons I didn't think about acl was I didn't hear or feel the pop/snap that everyone seems to experience....

 

hey inlineskater at a mear 50 you've still got many miles left. So unless you plan on a very sedentry lifestyle, you should get to a specialist knee surgeon - chances are you'll have an accurate diagnosis in 10 minutes even without mri. Not worth the instability, pain and ongoing damage when there are fixes. Hope you find a decent doc soon.

 

It really sucks when you're an active person and now can't even go for a long walk or ride a bike without my knee swelling...At this point, I hope I have alot of miles left !

 

 

Based on what you said I'd be telling their office you want your money back and reporting his poor practice. Get some referrals and find a different Doc.

 

Unfortunately, this doc was a referral from multiple people....  I complained about having to pay for the appointment, but they didn't care. 

 

Most orthos here are with 2-3 large practices that each have 20-30 orthos spread out in satellite offices.  So, once you're in the system at one practice, you really can't go to that same practice again to see another doc because doc #2 isn't going to say anything different than doc #1.  I did find one ortho, who seemed interested, but inexperienced with knees as his interest was more in shoulders.....

DrMark - any thoughts on my knee???? Not sure why it would swell up after biking, etc. And it all started after I fell....

 

Thanks....

Edited by InlineSkater

Asterisk knee braces are real popular in the ski industry

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