ACL Knee Braces

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Knee Brace: ACL

Injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are common knee injuries among athletes, especially women. And because the wear and tear of aging weakens the ligaments of the knee, an ACL tear is also not uncommon when one over the age of 40 falls.  

The ACL is two bundles of connective tissues inside of the knee join. The ligament connects the back of the femur, or thigh bone, to the front of the tibia, or shin bone. It is one of the four main ligaments responsible for stabilizing the knee. More specifically, it is responsible for controlling how far the shin bone can extend relative to the thigh bone.

The ACL can be partially or completely torn in a number of ways, with many of these involving non-contact motions. Sudden changes of direction or abrupt deceleration are often the causal factors for an ACL tear.

ACL Tear Treatment

Unfortunately, this area of the knee does not receive much blood flow necessary for the body to naturally heal an ACL tear. Thus, surgery to reconstruct the ligament is most often the method of treatment for an ACL tear, especially for athletes who need to continue to be able to pivot, cut and the like.

One can engage in physical therapy to strengthen the muscles surrounding the knee to somewhat compensate for an absent or weakened ACL, but not repairing the ACL tear significantly ups the odds the knee will be injured again, not to mention it excludes the affected individual from engaging in at-risk athletic activities.  

Surgery involves reconstructing the ACL ligament using tissues from other areas of one’s body (the patella tendon or hamstring) or from a tissue bank.

After the surgery begins the real recovery process; one must undergo extensive rehabilitative exercises, stretches and such to return the knee to its pre-injury condition. This process typically takes the better part of a year.  

Torn ACL Brace

For proper recovery after an ACL tear, immediately following the surgery one must wear an ACL post op brace and use crutches. Wearing an ACL brace after surgery helps stabilize and immobilize the knee, giving the new ACL a chance to heal. At BraceAbility, one can find a number of ACL knee braces for use after surgery.

This ACL knee brace consists of a carbon composite frame that is heat-moldable. This means that the brace can be adjusted as the leg changes shape following surgery and to accommodate for edema. Also allowing for a custom fit, the tibial strap is adjustable.

The ACL functional brace also features range-of-motion hinges for proper flexion and extension control following surgery. In addition, gel condylar pads not only improve suspension, the gel pads also ensure that they are the most comfortable fit for sore knees following surgery.

ACL Brace for Sports

As you likely inferred, once one is cleared to begin participating in sports once more, he or she will likely have to wear an ACL leg brace for some time, especially if the sport involves contact with other players. Again, there are a variety of styles from which to choose at BraceAbility.

Our ACL injury braces are designed to improve stability of the knee as well to prevent the hyperextension that often causes an ACL injury. ACL tear knee braces feature unique wrapping of straps at the back of the knee as well as both medial and lateral hinges to prevent the shin from extending too far relative to the thigh. Our braces for ACL injury also have two adjustable buttresses for ultimate knee stability while playing sports or recovering from a sports injury or anterior cruciate ligment surgery.