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Skiing knee brace

mikestaple

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I’ve had the distinct pleasure of spending my summer hobbling around after blowing out my patella. I’m sure others here have had similar knee issues. As far as skiing after a knee injury - what do folks recommend for a knee brace while skiing?


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ThinkSnow

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After ACL repair back in 2000, I used a custom made knee brace my doctor ordered for me the first few seasons skiing/riding. Nowadays, just the occasional neoprene compression brace does the trick.
 

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I use a neoprene compression brace usually a couple days after skiing (avoid the pain a little).

I use a larger "Mueller" brand brace while skiing, at least on my left knee which is worse, sometimes on my right knee if it starts acting up.

Best thing you can do is preventative exercises and now is a good time to start. Up/down steps, cycling, lunges (if your knee isn't grinding, if it is, take it easy). You probably want to do those exercises with a neoprene brace to assist with the tracking issue while you build supportive muscle in that area.

Worst come to worst take Ibuprofen and Curcumin(stuff in curry) to reduce inflammation before and after you ski. In theory this could reduce chance of irreversible injury.
 

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I’ve had the distinct pleasure of spending my summer hobbling around after blowing out my patella. I’m sure others here have had similar knee issues. As far as skiing after a knee injury - what do folks recommend for a knee brace while skiing?


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I used a custom brace for one season after I got my new/used acl. However, I would suggest you consult your orthopedist and/or physical therapist particularly with respect to the patella. you dont want anything causing the patella to track improperly such that it causes further injury.
 

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knee brace is effective during healing stage or if you refuse to get knee surgery. you should not be wearing a knee brace if the knee has fully healed after surgery.
 

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I think even with a perfect knee I'd wear compression braces or some other kind of compression gear to reduce injury potential.
 

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So I tore my ACL 7 years ago and had 30% of my medial meniscus removed due to a bad tear. 7 months after surgery I was back to skiing using a Bledsoe Townsend brace. It is very adjustable. I actually have been using it ever since. While it does nothing for twisting motions it seems to help with hinging movement. This past season was the first season where I went without during spring skiing. However, without the brace sometimes my knee may be a bit painful for days following. Will start the season with it again.townsend-rebel-knee-brace.jpg

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ralphden

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I don't know if it's still actual, but I wear a custom brace because everyone's body is different, and a regular knee brace may not fit me.
 

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Different injury. I have no ACL in one knee. Blew it out running from cops at an underage keg party when I was in my late teens. I'm well into my 60's. Was having knee issues a few years ago and finally got an MRI. Me and My Dr were surprised to find out there was no ACL. I've been using a rigid, custom made brace. I think the wisest course of action would be to consult someone who understands your injury and needs. I did run into a product by a company named bracelayer. They have thermal base layers with built in knew support. I've not tried it but fully intend to this year. They also claim the outer material makes rigid braces less likely to move. Looks like a potentially interesting product. Again, I have not experience with it and make no claims about it's actual effectiveness.
 

lovvetyga

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As others said, I also use compression. It's more comfortable and pleasant to ski. Sometimes, I use a hinged knee brace. It depends on the days. I don't know about you, but after my trauma, I try not to ski much. My bones are still weak, and I don't want to get another injury. I'm not prepared to go through this shit again, lol. As time goes on, I'm going to start riding more and more. Also, my doctor told me to warm up my muscles well before skiing because that helps avoid accidents. Maybe it will help you, as well.
 
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