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Best knee brace post ACL injury

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Hi all,

My partner had a pretty nasty fall back in 2016 which resulted in ACL surgery (thankfully was a tear and not a full reconstruction). She has since been very reluctant to get back on the skis due to the physio last time.

Now, she's back in the mindset to hop on the skis, but wants to get a good quality knee brace for support incase the same thing happens...

First question is: Is it practical to ski with a knee brace on?

Second question is: What is the best one on the market today? She's only 5ft 1" so would need an XS Adult

thanks all!
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Donjoy

https://www.healthandcare.co.uk/ski-supports-braces/donjoy-armor-professional-knee-brace-with-fourcepoint.html
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Ive lost the ACL and ski in the brace without any issue.

I guess the best ones are custom made, but I ski in donjoy (same as in the link above) and I think they are pretty good.
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I've used the same Donjoy as the one in the link since 2014 when I ruptured my ACL and MCL. No issues and feels very secure - can't imagine ever skiing without it now.
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Donjoy or other ortho standard properly fitted work fine but the best answer is no brace. Better have the quads etc protect the reconned knee.
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@JTizzle, not quite sure what you mean by this: “She has since been very reluctant to get back on the skis due to the physio last time.”

If the physio put her off skiing then I’d strongly recommend going to a sports physio (ideally one who understands skiing but if that’s not possible then any sports physio will be great) who can give a suitable strength/ balance programme.

I don’t have an ACL in one knee and went for physio rehab route not the operation. While a brace can be good support (mental or physical) I wouldn’t rely on it alone - lots of leg and core strength building in advance will be needed to (and will make skiing much more enjoyable too!)
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@Inboard, +1

I damaged my ACL repair (about 8yrs post the repair), and then subsequently did further damage to my knee as it was missed that I done so (they felt something so thought I was intact…. But have lost half of it). Once the consultant got me walking and weight bearing again he was not exactly encouraging about me returning to hockey and skiing. The physio was much more positive and encouraging, I did make the call to not go back to hockey (hard to be sensible in the competitive environment on a pitch) but have been skiing.

The physio said it was all about the muscle work and keeping those strong. She recommended a simple hinge knee brace - Mueller HG80 if my memory serves.
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PS, I should say - I snapped my ACL while skiing, so can understand anxiety about returning to it.
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@JTizzle, as usual, now you have much advice to consider snowHead

As you have mentioned it was a "tear" and not full reconstruction, I have done both ACL's one full reconstruction, and one "tear", or perceived rupture.

The other factor is how long since the injury/operation and how strong before was your partner, was she a runner/cyclist?
And since the injury has she been active and concentrating on rehab etc

My daughter has done hers and had reconstruction surgery, although young and active, she was not a sportive like her old man, so for her, the brace is a massive confidence booster, as she does not have rock-solid quads that she can rely on to help stabilise the knee.

Even walking out in the country on a slippery footpath going downhill she was scared of her knee, likewise even running down the stairs.

So if your partner falls into that category then go with the brace, I skied after only 6 months post-op, and that's why I used one, but my pre & post op rehab protocol was quite intense. The following season I skied without it.

There's a good second-hand market for them on FleaBay so buy one and see how they get on.
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I fell and tore my acl and meniscus when skiing in 2010. Had an op to clean it out but it’s very stretched and weak. I run a lot now (marathons etc) so have the muscle strength but I still
Wear a knee brace skiing. It may be psychological but I feel it protects from rotation and I certainly don’t notice it when skiing. Used it for at least 5 or 6 holidays now.
I think it is a mueller HG80 https://www.physioparts.co.uk/mueller-hg80-hinged-knee-brace-med?gclid=Cj0KCQjw-4SLBhCVARIsACrhWLU4zQU2K8TxfmuDx-ozCmZ4WIx1scQsybE6i6IpVuV6djQHqwxHMzcaAtGUEALw_wcB

Tbh we now stuck mainly to runs within our capabilities rather than ones that we could have falls on, but that is age/experience telling us to enjoy ourselves rather than risk injury
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Controversially ...... I had a very expensive Donjoy brace pre ACL op which was absolute job saver for me.
Post op, it was positively damaging for either skiing or anything really.
Maybe because of a particularly tight and excellent reconstruction, but I could never get the articulation point of the brace to perfectly match my knee. This would cause my knee joint to sheer slightly when articulated. Obviously this was not an issue when I had no ACL. This movement was uncomfortable and I was worried I was stretching the graft.
I always, pre and post op, wear neoprene braces which definitely help. I really don't think they give much support but they definitely keep my knees warmer which seems to help. My knees are more sore if I don't wear them.
BTW Now I can virtually never notice which knee had the ACL reconstruction 10 years later ....
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Have posted my story before but quick recap...
Have had 8 incidents which have damaged L knee including ACL rupture and reconstruction, tibial plateau fracture and meniscus tears with arthroscopy to clean up. ACL sugery was 17 years ago. I already had a CTi brace as I had done damage to other ligaments. I always wear it for skiing as I like to ski bumps (see name mogulski). Once I tried without it but the knee is only stable for gentle blue runs which isn't enough! I also wear it for Scottish country dancing and a neoprene for hillwalking and swimming. My surgeon said I should not be running at all as not enough cartilage left for the impact of running. I also cycle which is good for knees. Oh and I am now in my 70s and intend to continue skiing for ever! I don't wear any support for day to day walking but always something for sports depending on activity level and I don't notice any of the things I use. Good luck.
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Thanks all for the feedback. After a bit of thought I think we will go for the Donjoy. They're expensive but I suppose you get what you pay for.

Anyone lend us a fiver? (Or lend us a donjoy, left knee, size S, knee brace) NehNeh


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@JTizzle, try ebay
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+1 for the Donjoy, got me straight back in
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Ski Mojo work for me - a bit more than a brace but an amazing product and British!

https://www.skimojo.com/
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I've taken the plunge and just dropped £500(!!!) on the Donjoy. We will head to Milton Keynes next week so will write here with some feedback.

Has anyone had any experience of using a Donjoy AND a Ski Mojo? Or am I just going nutty now?
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