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by Tom Hein | 12:11 pm

My Journey With Knee Braces for Meniscus Tears

I WAS very active, and above average (if I do say so myself) in several sports during my high school-days, and never anticipated having to use a knee brace for meniscus tear at such a young age.

But it turns out that meniscus problems are one the most common type of knee injuries when it comes to the cartilage in the knee.

It was my junior year during a football game (American football that is) where I was playing defense. I was going for a tackle where I was completely stretched out, lunging towards the ball carrier, when I myself, was hit in the side of my left knee.Football Tackle





Well needless to say, that ended my HS sports career, as well as sports activities for many years after. My meniscus was torn, along with my ACL.

At that time (1976) arthroscopic knee surgery was unknown. My surgical correction involved much larger incisions and a cast from my hip to my toes that I dragged around for 6 weeks. Once the cast was removed, I went through a month of rehab and a variety of different types and sizes of knee braces for meniscus tears.


Just What is the Meniscus?

You may have questions as to just what exactly is the meniscus? Unless you’re in the medical field, or have been diagnosed by a medical professional and had this explained – you probably don’t know that part of our anatomy. meniscus tear

It’s cartilage, which we have wherever we have joints, as cartilage connects one bone to another. Cartilage is a tough, yet flexible connective tissue that can bend a bit, but can’t take much in the way of stretching.

The meniscus cartilage, found in the knee, protects the ends of the thigh and shin bones from wear and tear by cushioning the bones, and it also helps to stabilize the joint. It distributes your weight evenly over the knee joint, or more precisely, the tibia (shin bone) below the joint.


What Are The SYmptoms of a Torn Meniscus?

Well pain for starters! I can remember a LOT of pain, along with swelling.

Another obvious sign is that you also might hear a popping sound. There would be difficulty in bending, straightening, or putting weight on the leg. Or if it’s not a severe tear, you might feel your knee “lock up” and “stick” in place.


How About a Knee Brace For Meniscus Tears?

For many years after the surgery, I would have to wear a lighter brace for different activities. My experience with surgical repair is much different to today’s procedures, however, braces are still needed to support the knee until full strength and mobility is restored.

Over the years, I accumulated several knee braces and this was because I would need a specific one for certain functions, and as my knee regained its full function, I needed less support.

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Final Thoughts

Since you are shopping for a knee brace for meniscus tear, I empathize with you and wish you the very best on your path to recovery.

As you can see, braces are a key and vital part of getting back on your feet (literally). There are numerous ones to choose from – style, materials, price, supporting abilities, etc.

A chat with your physical therapist will be beneficial, and once he or she guides you in the right direction, you can be more informed when shopping online for a knee brace for meniscus tears.

Thank you for reading my story and I hope it gives you some direction and insight.

Tom Hein

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Disclaimer: I am trained in a holistic modality, but not as a doctor, so this post or website should not be taken as medical advice. Please do your own research. Material on this blog is the result of either my own experience or research, and is provided for informational purposes only. It is general information that may not apply to your specific situation, and is not a substitute for your own doctor’s medical care or advice.

Please use discernment in the consideration of purchasing any type of health related products via the internet. Educating yourself prior to buying is always suggested and recommended.


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