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Worn in the early postoperative period (0-6 weeks). 1 Lightweight metal hinge bars with multiple padded velcro straps to secure brace to patient’s thigh and lower leg. 2 Intended to limit range of motion by locking the brace at a specific ROM point, or within certain ROM limits through an adjustable dial at the hinges. 1 Designed to limit extension/flexion motion and varus and valgus stresses at the knee. 1
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Postoperative bracing has been shown to have some benefits including decreased swelling, hemarthrosis, and pain compared to rehabilitation without a brace. 3,4 › Knee immobilizer or post-op. brace Proponents believe these braces help patients achieve knee extension, decrease pain, and protect the reconstructed knee from injury and excessive graft strain. 1
Immediate postoperative bracing allows early weight bearing while protecting the knee from buckling due to severe quadriceps weakness and inhibition after surgery. 3 Once the patient obtains good quadriceps control with ability to perform a straight leg raise without an extension lag, use of the postoperative brace can be discontinued. 4
Rehabilitative bracing has not been shown to have any effect on long-term outcomes. › Once adequate quadriceps strength for ambulation has returned, continued postoperative bracing is unnecessary. 3 › Clinical outcomes such as range of motion, laxity, and function do not appear to be affected by the use of rehabilitative braces. 4
Wright et al. 5 › Review of level 1 and 2 studies identified 54 appropriate randomized controlled trials of ACL rehabilitation, 11 included use of rehabilitative postop. bracing. › No study demonstrated a potentially worse outcome when bracing was not used immediately postoperatively. No increased rate of injury, pain, decreased ROM, or increased laxity compared to braced patients › Only one study 6 demonstrated a potentially clinically significant finding. Improved knee extension following one week of locked extension bracing postoperatively
Worn to potentially decrease the risk of reinjury when the patient returns to sport after surgery. 1 Wide variety of designs available as custom or off-the-shelf derotational braces for post-surgical ACL patients. Consist of a rigid frame with hinge-post- straps and Velcro straps. 2 Intended to limit anterior tibial translation and rotation at the knee joint. 7
Functional brace use after ACL reconstruction may: 3,7 › improve proprioception. › improve confidence in knee during return to play.
Use of functional braces after ACL reconstruction is controversial. 1,3,7,8 Majority of studies have failed to show any long-term differences in pain 1, ROM 1,3, strength 3, functional tests 3,7, joint stability 7,8, graft stability 1, re-injury rates 1,8, kinesthetic awareness 8, or knee scores 3 compared to patients who did not use a functional brace during rehabilitation and return to play after ACL reconstruction.
Rate of use by orthopedic surgeons 9 › Do you recommend functional braces for full return to activity? Reports of recommended use of functional braces by US orthopedic surgeons have ranged from 58%- 63%. 9,10,11 YesNoSometimes NORTH AMERICA (199) 17.6% (35)37.2% (74)45.2% (90) EUROPE (35) 2.9% (1)31.4% (11)65.7% (23) SOUTH AMERICA (85) 1.2% (1)88.2% (75)10.6% (9)
Studies to determine the effect of functional braces on re-injury rates after ACL rsurgery have many limitations. › Lack of power: 3 Re-injury rates overall after ACL reconstruction are low, so the number of patients needed to power a study on re-injury rate is very high. › Wright 1 performed a review of Level I evidence to determine if there was appropriate evidence to support the use of functional braces after ACL reconstruction. 12 randomized controlled trials found between years All 12 had potential biases- 10 selection, 2 exclusion
Sterett et al. 12 investigated the effect of functional bracing on subsequent knee injury in ACL reconstructed skiers. Study performed over 2 years at large ski resort. › All subjects were employees 820 subjects with ACL reconstruction performed ≥2 yrs. prior to data collection were given the option of using a functional brace during skiing activity, or going brace- free. › 257 braced, 563 non-braced
Sterett et al, 12 continued 61 new injuries recorded › 51 non-braced (8.9 injuries/100 knees/season) 25 required surgery › 10 braced (4.0 injuries/100 knees/season) 3 required surgery › Non-braced group was 2.74 times more likely to be injured than braced group. Use of a brace did not lower injury rate to that of a skier with no previous ACL injury (2.1%).
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