I've had 3 surgeries on my left medial meniscus, leaving me with chronic osteoarthritis. I'm 53 and used to be very active in all kinds of sports. After my last (successful) debraiding surgery in May 05, and 4 months therapy, it was a good as it gets and still it hurts to walk 'normally'. So I was prescribed with a Donjoy 'unloader' brace which can be adjusted pressure-wise to comfort. It definitely helps...but does not alleviate the occasional stabbing pain of bone on bone as I walk. The usual complications of one thing leading to another (bad gait equals hip and back pains) are still there, however, I find it an invaluable assistant for when I travel (long walking at airports) and/or standing for long periods of time. The first time I used it was for a trip to Hawaii and I was able to take short walks with my husband relatively pain-free and can really feel the support when I do wear it. Some days I wear it all the time -- others I take it with me for use as needed.
09/06/2005 09:44 AM
HI I'M A 42 YEAR OLD FEMALE AND I ALSO HAVE BOWED LEGGS AND 0A. SO FAR I ONLY HAVE IT IN MY LEFT KNEE. I HAD A MENISUS TEAR AND HAD SURGERY. 6 MONTHS AFTER MY SURGERY MY DOCTOR TOLD ME I HAD 0A. MT KNEE NEVER HURT UNTIL I HAD THE MENISCUS TEAR . NOW IT SWELLS ALOT A HURTS WORSE. COULD MY BOWED LEGGS CAUSE THE OA. JUST CURIOUS.
07/27/2002 04:39 PM
I am 50 years old and sounds like we have very similar problems.Last Oct.2 I had a high tibial osteotomy.Up till now I think my leg is worse off than before my surgery.Now I have a very bad limp and my leg hurts with every step.My job in construction is very physical and most days it is very tough to get through the day.I usually breath abig sigh of relief when I get to sit down in my car to go home.Last week I got an unloader brace for each leg.They aren't perfect as they are kind of big and awkward,but they have helped me get through the day better so far.Mine are the select unloader from Generation 2.I wish you luck in your search for some releif.
06/26/2002 07:40 PM
Hello All, I,m a 52 yr old with bowed legs and osteoarthritis in the medial compartments of both knees. I've just had my second surgery on my right knee May 20 and now I'm considering OA braces. I've been looking at the Townsend Reliever, the DonJoy Defiance and the Innovative Sports CT2i. I'd like some feedback from any of you who have experience wearing braces for OA. Anything you could share would be helpful and appreciated. I'll be talking to my Dr. about this on 7/10 and I'm not sure what his position on functional bracing is. Thank's, Carl