From what I'm reading here, it seems to me that the issue with these rigid knee braces is the likelihood of higher forces on the leg, due to the impact, speed, etc. of MX riding. Dr. Mark, do you recommend these types of braces to your patients in other sports? I mean, these days, you see pretty much every NFL lineman wearing them, injury or no.
I'm asking because I have been diagnosed with a torn meniscus (the unfortunate result of something mundane--a slip and fall injury in a restaurant. The bulge on the MRI film looks to me like a twisting type rotational tear.
My ortho said no paintball (my preferred sport, I keep my BMW 650ST "thumper" to pavement for the most part) until after surgery because of the risk of further injury that would make surgery more difficult. I took a look at your site and read your stuff there regarding meniscus injuries. I'm planning on getting at least one more ortho's opinion before I decide whether to go forward with surgery.
I get "catching" on this knee now and some pain behind the patella. My joints are loose in general, so hyperextension is something I always am concerned about. Common sense suggests to me that a brace with extension stops might be a good preventative, but we all know how flawed common sense can be.
It's tough to be a rough and tumble 43 yo female--people look at you funny when you want to do crazyfun stuff. I did find the statistics on the numbers of women's knee injuries pretty alarming when I started researching after the injury.