Hi everyone. Some of you have asked me if I have tried using a knee brace prior to having a tkr (total knee replacement). The answer is “yes”. Here is my story about knee braces and a tkr…
Prior to my total Knee replacement, I tried everything I could to avoid the pain. One thing I did was wear a knee brace. It was painful and I didn’t understand why. That is, until I saw an x-ray of my knee.
I had bone spurs on each side of my knee that had developed due to my knee being bone-on-bone. I have written other blog posts about my bone spurs. Here is some more insight…
A knee brace stabilizes the knee joint by compressing the muscles. I can see how a brace would work for many people with knee concerns. However, the muscle compression caused my bone spurs to dig into my nerves more than usual. That compression, in turn, resulted in increased pain.
The knee brace did keep my knee joint better aligned. I can see why many people find them helpful. Knee Braces may be great for others, but they did not work for me. It just goes to show that everyone is different. You may be the same.
Hope this insight helps others going through the same thing.
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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.
This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.
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