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My ACL Tear and Recovery

ACL Recovery: When Is It Time to Lose the Knee Brace?


  1. Dear Adam,
    As a colleage-patiƫnt, I had the same questions but got different answers. Yes, you should wear your brace 2 years following your surgery (during sports). Why? Here in central europe, doctors use a tendon from your other leg or from a donor.

    The tendon is stronger than a ligament but does not have the same abilities yet. The healing proces does a conversion on the tendon to learn these abilities and start acting like a ligament.

    This proces takes 2 years time but gives you a much stronger ligament then ever before. As long as this proces isn’t finished you risk damaging the tendon because it’s not ready and fully operational.

    What can you do in the mean time? Train your knee muscles, they support half the strenght of your ligament (and can even replace them for daily use). Avoid leg torsions, that’s what caused the damage in the first place. Have a thorough warm-up and cool-down when you sport and will go well…

    I had my surgery exactly a year a go and I’m now training to get back on my skies, using a trampoline to strenghten up my knee and the surrounding muscles.

    Take care and “Carve Diem”

    The MountainMonster

    Posted by Mountainmonster | August 28, 2009, 12:57 pm
  2. Grats on losing the brace!

    My surgeon doesn’t require his patients to get a brace unless the knee is still unstable due to some other ligament. In my case, my LCL & PCL were still slightly loose when he last examined me (2 months before surgery). So if they haven’t fully healed in a month he may tell me to get one. I’m hoping against this though!

    Posted by Andrew | August 31, 2009, 4:03 pm
  3. According to my all the orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists I have spoken to there is no brace that has actually been proven to help all that much with acl recovery. In the long run. Because of the size and movement of the muscles involved nothing has proven to do any better then a cheap neoprene sleeve. Go to PT or a surgeon and get an evaluation done.

    Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009, 9:08 pm
  4. This is interesting. I got my ACL reconstruction surgery last week and I haven’t been told to wear a brace at all!

    Posted by Polishmommy | February 6, 2013, 8:36 am
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