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To brace or not to brace?

Most people who have ACL surgery are given a brace to wear as they return to normal and resume their sporting activities. The issue whether or not you should wear a brace after an ACL reconstruction is complicated. In general, all braces are designed both to resist abnormal motions and to increase the stability of the knee. The degree to which braces actually accomplish these goals is the subject of a lot of debate. While there have been many articles written in the sports medicine literature about how braces do and do not work, the fact is that some patients feel more comfortable and secure when using a brace, whereas others do not.

For the most part, brace-wear is a decision that will be made jointly by you and your surgeon, and there is not an overwhelming amount of support for either course of action.


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