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    Posted: Dec/05/2011 at 7:29am
After having my PCL replaced and my MCL rebuilt in May. I taken a few trips down the hill and it feels great to be back but I do get some instability in my knee which is a side effect of the PCL replacement.  My Doctor has ordered one of these:

DonJoy Defiance III Custom Knee Brace


Has one or anyone you know used one while boarding, Just kind of looking for what to expect? 



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/05/2011 at 9:13am
I haven't used one that intense, but I rode all last season with one of the cheaper DonJoy hinged knee models (neoprene sleeve, with velcro and hinges).  I sprained my MCL early December last year, and was given the brace to wear around while it healed.  My doctor gave me the go ahead to snowboard on my trip to CO three weeks later, as long as I didn't do any park, and wore the brace.  I wear it all the time now when snowboarding, although it's getting a little worn out so I've been looking to get a replacement (holy shit are the DonJoy one's like the one above expensive).

To get back to your question though, I honestly don't even notice it when riding (other than an extra sweaty knee on warm days).  Not sure how different the two braces will feel (mobility, etc), but I wouldn't expect it to feel all that different.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/05/2011 at 9:27am
That Don Joy cost my insurance about $1300. The Don Joy rep says I won't ever know its there after a few runs. Comes with a guarantee that if I damage my knee while wearing the brace I get paid X amount of money and the brace has a lifetime warranty so if I ever wear it out.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/05/2011 at 9:31am
Originally posted by Snoho

That Don Joy cost my insurance about $1300. The Don Joy rep says I won't ever know its there after a few runs. Comes with a guarantee that if I damage my knee while wearing the brace I get paid X amount of money and the brace has a lifetime warranty so if I ever wear it out.

I need to get me one of those deals, haha
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/05/2011 at 10:20am
I have an earlier version of this brace that I ride with. I've had ACL reconstruction, meniscus repair and articular cartilage damage (repaired via microfracture surgery) - lots of surgery. In terms of riding with it, it is bulky compared to a simple neoprene brace but gives me a feeling of greater security. I think it primarily protects your ligaments from re-tearing, but I have injured my meniscus while using the brace.... I still wear it b/c I think it's better than not wearing a brace and I haven't retorn my ACL with it on. My orthopedic surgeon prescribed it at my request but he was lukewarm about it's effectiveness... but also felt it was better than nothing. You get used to having it on and I don't notice it much except when suiting up (getting my underlayers on over it) etc.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/05/2011 at 10:30am
This is a tough one. I have had ACL and meniscus surgery like others have mentioned but PCL and MCL are a bit different as far as the mechanics of the knee. I see this brace working for the MCL but not so much on the PCL. I dont ride with a brace nor do i ever use a brace for anything since i had my surgery. I exercise pretty regularly and that helps my knee tremendously.

I dont have any brace recommendations but I think you could get away with a cheaper one than that one you posted. I would say more work on your knee strength than anything. Your obvisous goal is to not ever need a brace so I wouldnt look to rely on it but more to supplement your recovery
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/05/2011 at 10:32am
my girlfriend uses hers, she says it's just stiffer than the other knee, as it limits the motion a little bit, but she said it didn't really hold her back at all
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/05/2011 at 11:16am
My buddy rides one of these on both his knees and he swears by them. He has really bad knees and tore his ACL and MCL and while it was healing he did the same thing to the other knee. The only thing he complains about is his actual knees getting cold and aching. So if you wear a compression brace underneath, you will be good to go.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/05/2011 at 1:49pm
In the past 4 years I have had 3 reconstructive knee surgery on both acl's and shredded both meniscus with some what of a full recovery on my knees I also have the DonJoy Defiance III Custom Knee Brace, their is some good and some bad things about them first the good, they give you great confidence knowing that you will have a lesser chance of screwing up your knee again, they are custom fit to you, great durability (i put both of mine thru 4 years and the other 3 more years of college football plus snowboarding wakeboarding and motocross) you can get the knee cup attachment so you don't bust open your knee cap, and in most jeans/snow pants you cant see it. Now for the bad after hours of use either being a 3-4 hour football game and or practices or a constant 10 hours of snowboarding your leg will hurt because you have to strap it so tight to your self so it dose not move and in turn this really sucks for your thighs, but other than the long periods of tightness they are pretty sweet braces and you most commonly see this one use amongst top pro athletes.
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