A post op brace, also known as a rehabilitative brace, is a brace that is specifically designed to support a knee that is recovering from knee surgery. The knee is one of the most pressure bearing joints in the body and it may get injured from time to time. In some cases, the only way to fix the problem is by having knee surgery. After undergoing a knee operation, you may be required to start wearing a post op knee brace that will help your knee to recover quickly.
How Does A Post Op Knee Brace Work?
Most post op knee braces are designed with adjustable hinges that helps you control how much your knee bends and flexes. The hinges are useful in the process of knee recovery since they control the movements of the knee depending on the stage of recovery. The hinges can be adjusted or completely locked to avoid unnecessary movements that could interfere with the recovery process of your knee.
After undergoing a knee operation, you will most likely go through a period of physiotherapy to help you recover from the operation. Depending on the type of surgery performed, a post op knee brace may be used during this therapy in order to control the movements of the knee. When the knee is in the recovery stage, it cannot flex or bend in the normal way and forcing it to do so can damage some of your knee ligaments such as the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
Benefits of rehabilitative brace
Wearing a brace after undergoing a knee surgery has numerous benefits which include:
- Controlling movement of the knee – after undergoing knee surgery, you need to keep your knee still for a while so that the damaged tissues can recover properly. However, since the knee is not used to staying still you will always find yourself trying to move it which can interfere with the recovery process. However, by using a post op knee brace, you can completely lock your leg in place and prevent unnecessary movements. This is done by using a lock on the side of the brace, as seen below:
- Supporting knee muscles and ligaments – the knee being one of the most active joints in the body requires some exercises so that it can recover quickly. However, after surgery, the knee muscles and ligaments are usually very weak and cannot bear any pressure. A brace helps a lot when exercising the knee since it offloads excess pressure which can cause further damage.
- Stabilizes the knee – after surgery, the knee joint is normally very weak and unstable and can barely support anything. However, wearing a post op knee brace helps in holding the parts of the knee joint in the proper position thus allowing the knee to recover quicker and faster.
Keep in mind that a post op knee brace is only useful if you buy the right one for your particular situation. It is advisable that you consult with your doctor to find out which one is the best for you. A perfect knee brace should be durable and also be made of light materials since a heavy one can cause more damage to your knee.
Disclaimer – I am not a doctor and I am not qualified to provide medical advice. This was posted for informational purposes only and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Read full disclaimer.
Updated on 2018-05-06 – Added links to supplemental information.