Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Don Joy Knee Brace to stave off my knee replacement

 When I was fitted at the doctors office for my knee brace the measure was taken by a wonderful slide rule.
Not touched at all by the fellow. This took all of 10 minutes then ten days later a brace fitted at the next appointment. Unfortunately went it came in the adjustment was on the wrong side of my knee. It was remade and sent to me in the mail. This caused a bit of a fitting issue that took me some effort to figure out on my own.
 However I got the kit at the first fitting, then the second with the mailed brace. This twice the replacement supplies for it. Cost savings from extra supplies paid for the error. The speed in which it was remade was great only two days.

 These are used by athletes for stability and injury as well. There are several varied adjustment possibilities taken into consideration the needs of the given leg.
 Designed VERY light weight and comfortable. I have several replacement pads, adjustment wedges, and two Allen wrench's. My knee still swells a fair amount using it. All in all it is a great temporary solve.
 It is actually an ACL brace. We are using it to push against the outer side of my knee to open up the collapsing inner joint. Sorta getting all the ware we can out of the old 'tire', just rotating it as one would with a set of tires:) we are trying to get all we can out of my leg.
 On the outer side there is a pin set that turns to create more pressure against my outer knee. So as the remaining cartilage wares down we can continue to adjust it.
 Yes humility to show my unflattering leg, but hey I can walk on it so to me it has become a beautiful thing.

The brace is made with the inner thigh part curved over so it does not hit on the inner thigh. The lashing is rather complicated to get adjusted but I think I have it set well now. If not all I need to do is get another appointment at the doctors and meet the representative there.
 The stability is WONDERFUL! I can now walk all of an afternoon without the agony I was having. I am so blessed to now have ability to go for walks. We look forward to a summer vacation. The daily pain is so reduced and my excess weight is slowly coming off.

The little tool (Allen wrench) tightens the side and creates the added support. I even was stable enough to climb a rock wall. Several times now I have hit the brace against a hard surface. when before it would of happened as frequently with great pain. Now it is guarded.

This is just a wonderful to help with the degenerative issues associated with ostio arthritis.

1 comment:

Annette said...

Hey I work with these nifty little things, they are great!!!

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