What kind/brand of knee brace??



9 replies to this topic
  • yzernie

Posted June 04, 2001 - 10:34 AM

#1

Gonna have surgery on my left knee in a couple of weeks. Ortho said knee is worn but still servicable!! He said I should get a quality knee brace if I plan to continue racing.

I know CTi produces a quality brace but, I am sure there are other good ones too. Money is no object as the Ortho will give me a prescription for one.

Thanks in advance, Ernie

  • Guest_Guest_*

Posted June 04, 2001 - 10:58 AM

#2

What did you do to your knee? I've had ACL reconstruction on the left on and currently have torn cartiledge on the right one. Check into the Asterisk brace. www.asterisk.com or call and ask to speak with Brad. The owner of Innovation that makes the CTI2 formed the Asterisk company with teh idea a=of taking the CTI2 and making a brace marketed towards motocross and addressing all the issues and problems that the riders talked about. I have a pair of them and love them. I personally think they are a better brace then the CTI2 with better coverage, padding, and the same level of support. After riding for about 5 minutes I forget they're on. If you look on DRN under the general discusions page on top there is a really long thread discussing this brace. I've put my opinions in there along with a lot of other Asterisk owners. The member with the name Billywho is one of the head designers for Asterisk. If you post a question there he will answer or address it. Also this company has probably the best customer service I've ever dealt with. I have no complaints with this brace and think it's better then the CTI2. Ohh and they are about $550 for a pair. Not $1000 a piece like the CTI2.

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Khris
When in doubt, GAS IT!
What are you, YELLOW?

[This message has been edited by sirhk100 (edited 06-04-2001).]

  • Boit

Posted June 04, 2001 - 09:33 PM

#3

I'm 47 and have never had a knee injury. I would like to take preventative measures now and I'll monitor this thread for advice. Anyone ...please add your 2 cents.

Good thread.

  • yzernie

Posted June 04, 2001 - 10:12 PM

#4

Khris,
I tore my MCL and cartilage damage. What really disappoints me is that I did not even do it riding or racing. I was doing my honey-do's around the house. I was up on the ladder when the dogs were playing around and the 110 pounder hit it and I lost my balance. I fell about five-six feet, landing on my left leg. The sound of the knee popping still causes me to wake up in a sweat!!!

The Ortho says that within my knee there are signs of me getting older. He will clean up some of the other things in there too. He wants to know why, at the age of 45, I still participate in a kids sport. I told him because he has never done anything other than chase a tennis ball, he would never understand the rush associated with motocross. He agreed and dropped the subject. :)

Ernie

  • mikeolichney

Posted June 05, 2001 - 05:41 AM

#5

yzernie: I am glad I am not the only old guy (I am 42) hanging in there. But I have a wife and two kids, it pays to be careful. I have worn CTIs since 96, they have not really held up well but are still worth it. I wish they werent so hot in the summer!

I just got a letter in the mail from my worry-wart mother in law. The NY times published this big article on May 27 about how dangerous motocross is. Unfortunately, my life insurance does not cover MX. DOes anybody know where I can get one-day event coverage?

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  • Guest_Guest_*

Posted June 05, 2001 - 05:54 AM

#6

Yzernie,
I'm sorry to hear that your injury was non-riding induced. I know what you mean about the popping noise. I tore ACL and Meniscus when I was 15. That was 9 years ago and I still remember the sound and the feeling. At the time I owned a 86' TT350 4stroke. I had a flat tire and forgot the irons so I rode my friends 89 YZ125 over to the gas station to see what it would cost to fix. On the way back I tried to hit a jump and twisted the throttle off the lip. Forgot about the hit of a 2stroke and the bike just launched with out me. I landed in an Olympic long jump position and that was the end of that knee. I don't mean to scare you but recovery was more painful then the injury. I thought MCL was on of the ligaments that could heal itself? Right now I'm kinda in between insurances. I'me covered by a Cobra plan from my last job but I haven't paid it yet cause I'm hoping to get insurance through my new company before the deadline to pay for the Cobra. New Years weekend this year I came up about 1' short on a 5th gear double out at the desert and the rebound bounce threw my bike sideways. Stupidly I put my leg out to save myself and it went sideways on me. I know something was injured then but I haven't gone in to get it checked by a specialist cause of my insurance situation. Instead I bought the braces and honestly I can't remember the last time my knees felt so tight. I personally can't believe I ever rode without them and almost consider them to be equal with my helmet. Though probably not life saving they could definately save my walking since I don't see myself slowing down soon. I've let most of my riding friends try mine on and a couple of them have purchased them even though they don't have injuries because of the support they provide.

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Khris
When in doubt, GAS IT!
What are you, YELLOW?

  • yzernie

Posted June 05, 2001 - 06:36 AM

#7

The MCL will heal itself. Doc said he'll clean up the loose ends of the tear while he is in there. The MRI also showed some bone spurs that he'll clean up too. He said it won't be like I was 20 years old again but, it will be alot better than before I tore it up.
I am actually looking forward to getting it done. I haven't been able to get on a track for over two months. I can still trail ride with my wife and son so at least I am getting some time on the bike. :)
Ernie

  • Guest_Guest_*

Posted June 05, 2001 - 07:53 AM

#8

I read your first post again and was thinking. If you're getting a prescription I beleive the Dr. will wirte it for the CTI2 because it's classified as a medical device where the Asterisk is not. Brad at Asterisk told me they are not going to pursue getting it rated as a medical device becasue that's the main reason that it's so cheap. If you're getting a prescription I'm assuming your insurance is going to cover it and so then I would get the CTI2 because it will be free or whatever your copay would be on it. If you're paying for it yourself I would go with the Asterisk because I think it's just as good of a brace (support wise) and I think it's features are more suited toward riding. (better padding, coverage, knee cup, and it tucks in tighter against the leg) It's also MUCH easier on the bank account. Like I said though, when it's time to seriously purchase, call Asterisk and speak to Brad. I did and asked him tons of questions comparing the CTI2 to the Asterisk. He has tons of experience with both. I talked on the phone with him for close to an hour. I also am fortunate enough to live semi close to the factory and he showed me around and let me look at the prototypes and try them on before they were available to the public. I was sold as soon as I saw them. He actually let me try on all of the Innovation line braces including the CTI2 before he even showed me the Asterisk.

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Khris
When in doubt, GAS IT!
What are you, YELLOW?

  • Guest_Guest_*

Posted June 05, 2001 - 08:33 AM

#9

I tore my ACL last year and the doc told me to get it repaired when I get settled into my new home and find a doctor close to me to do it. That was a year ago last memorial day, the knee healed without the surgery and I got a CTI2 by his prescription and I wear it everytime I ride. No problems since, knock on wood! I only wish I had one for the other knee. Good luck with your choice

  • Guest_Guest_*

Posted June 05, 2001 - 08:50 AM

#10

I've heard a lot of the pros are riding with torn knees and wearing braces instead of getting them fixed. Both McGrath and Carmicheal are wearing the Asterisk brace. You can see the symbol on McGraths helmet and I've seen it on Carmicheal's jearsey.

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Khris
When in doubt, GAS IT!
What are you, YELLOW?





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