Over the years I’ve used many different types of braces to help my knee pain and weakness. I started out with mentholated creams and ace bandages, then progressed up from there. Finally yesterday, I got a custom built DONJOY knee brace. It is a life saver for my knee, and my emotional state.
Let me tell you a little bit about my particular knee situation. I’ve got several things going on in my left knee, like severe osteoarthritis. You see, I have epilepsy and it seems over the years whenever I have a seizure and fall, I tend to fall on that left knee. In 2014, I had a seizure in which I landed on the knee again, only this time I broke the kneecap. For the past 10 years or so my knee has been slowly degrading, up until I’d say about two years ago when I started to notice a very sharp pain. That’s when things really went south.
After doctor visits and tests I finally find out what was wrong. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the answer that I was kind of hoping for (which was “David, we need to replace the knee”) from the doctor. Although I really didn’t want to have yet another surgery, I really didn’t want to have to live everyday with this knee pain (or not being able to live my life, I should say). It is affecting everyday life, giving me major anxiety and depression, and overall it just really sucks! Actually, until the knee gets replaced, the limitations of the knee are still great. But I digress, back to the knee brace.
Here is my little video about my knee brace experience. There are so many different braces you can purchase out there. I know, I went through a bunch and looked at all different kinds and methods. Basically how I ended up in my first DONJOY brace was by complete accident. I was in physical therapy and a sales rep. from a supplier came up to me and said that she thought a DONJOY brace might help better than what I was wearing. So she did some quick basic measuring and said she’d check with insurance and let me know. I had the brace in a couple of weeks. Yay!!
It did the job pretty well, for a while. I would wear it when my knee was feeling really weak and spiking with pain, then I’d switch to the other “lighter weight” brace when I needed to have more flexibility. All while trying to assure myself that my knee would handle whatever I was going to be doing in that brace.
June, 2018 – enter my new orthopedic surgeon. He gives me a new treatment plan that includes… get this, a brace! I told him that I’ve already got an assortment of them and they don’t really help that much. It’s at that point that I’m told “no, this is an orthopedic knee brace that they are going to custom measure and make for you.” I still wasn’t convinced it was going to do much of anything. Well, in my video I explain what happened and why I love the new brace.
***This is the brace I got
The custom Defiance is DonJoy’s flagship knee brace. With clinically-proven technology including the 4-Points-of-Leverage System™ plus innovative, high-tech materials and design, this lightweight brace provides durable support for moderate-to-severe ACL, PCL, MCL and LCL instabilities. Plus, the low-profile design fits comfortably underneath clothing and sports uniforms, including hockey and football. As the strongest of DonJoy’s functional braces, the custom, carbon composite Defiance is recommended for high-collision sports, while its featherweight materials and custom fit also make it the brace of choice for activities of daily living. Available with the LoPro FourcePoint Hinge, the only hinge clinically-proven to protect the ACL. Defiance technology is on the field, on the court, on the slopes and in the water protecting knees and providing confidence to those who wear it. First introduced in 1992, DonJoy has produced more than a million braces; in college football alone, 22 of the Associated Press Top 25 teams use the Defiance knee brace.
Indication: Hyperextension; Moderate to severe ACL or PCL Combined Instabilities (CI); ACL or PCL reconstruction; Prophylactic use
So far, so good!