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Rice_Eater

Which brace to buy after PCL injury?

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At the end of November I crashed my dirtbike and ended up with a PCL avulsion in my left knee. Basicly I hit my shin so hard that the PCL ripped out from where it was anchored in my Tibia taking a small piece of bone with it.

I saw several knee specialists and in the end we decided not to do PCL surgery since the joint is not overly loose. I have been doing rehab to build up my quadriceps to help support my knee.

I am now walking normally, with the only noticeable change in my gait is when I walk DOWN stairs.

I am considering getting either the Don Joy forcepoint, or Don Joy Legend. I have also looked at the CTi, but decided that the way it is designed, it would not support the PCL well enough since the brace itself does not support the back of hte calf, only the straps do, and therefore would not offer enough support for the PCL injury.

My question is "Which brace is best suited to riding dirtbike after a PCL injury?" Is there a better option than those I have listed that I don't know about? I want to hit the trail wearing a comfortable brace as soon as possible. Also, shoudl I get a matching pair for both legs?

Thanks.

D.L.

Pingtung, Taiwan.

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Specifically for a PCL injury, I would recommend the Bledsoe brand of brace. It actually has a dynamic action built into, when you extend your knee the strap on your calf actually pushes your tibia forward helping it stay in a reduced position. When your PCL is deficient your tibia subluxes backward compared to your femur. This brace combats that. It is an off the shelf brace that can be used for other ligament inuries as well.

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Rice why not the asterik. I just got my acl replaced and will be getting a new set of braces. Also, do you have a link to the previously mentioned braces?

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Yzfinder1,

I took an asterik brace into my knee doctor and asked him if it was ok, he told me that it would be great for an ACL problem, but because the control of the backward movement of the lower leg would rely on the strapping only it is not what I need for a PCL injury.

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Kepart,

THanks for the advice. I will lookinto the Bledsoe type of brace. Hadn't heard of that one yet.

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Dr. Mark,

I understand that you don't recomend wearing a brace simply for prevention, but what about to support a situation like mine when there is a PCL avulsion? Which, if any, do you recomend then?

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Specifically for a PCL injury, I would recommend the Bledsoe brand of brace. It actually has a dynamic action built into, when you extend your knee the strap on your calf actually pushes your tibia forward helping it stay in a reduced position. When your PCL is deficient your tibia subluxes backward compared to your femur. This brace combats that. It is an off the shelf brace that can be used for other ligament inuries as well.

I found the Bledsoe brace on the web:

http://www.bledsoebrace.com/products/axiom_oa.asp

But it does not seem to be set up to work with a shin guard or other impact protection needed for motorcross or dirtbike riding.

Is there another link I need to follow?

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Specifically for a PCL injury, I would recommend the Bledsoe brand of brace. It actually has a dynamic action built into, when you extend your knee the strap on your calf actually pushes your tibia forward helping it stay in a reduced position. When your PCL is deficient your tibia subluxes backward compared to your femur. This brace combats that. It is an off the shelf brace that can be used for other ligament inuries as well.

I didn't know the still made braces. I got one 12 years ago when I lived in hawaii. The thing was great I surfed with it and rode dirtbikes and mountainbikes. Now a days I just wear the evs rs7 braces. They are probably not the best but I like them. I have went over the bars a few times and landed funny on my knee and felt no pain so I guess there doing there job:thinking:

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I have a Don Joy PCL brace and it seems to work well. I sustained a partial tear after being hit by a car. There was about 1" of movement in my knee from neutral position. Through rehab it has tightened up but I am thinking of surgery, because braces in general are a pain in the ass.

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