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MCL injury + knee brace suggestions?

Postby Maverick » Wed Apr 04, 2012 12:35 pm

I sprained my MCL really bad last last weekend & I know there are some people on here who've been through it. Any advice about anything that might speed up the recovery process?
I've been doing some rehab exercises I've found on-line and I'm hoping to regain full range of motion sooner than later.

With that being said, anyone got recommendations on a knee brace for riding?
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Re: MCL injury + knee brace suggestions?

Postby oregonsage » Wed Apr 04, 2012 3:02 pm

Maverick wrote:I sprained my MCL really bad last last weekend & I know there are some people on here who've been through it. Any advice about anything that might speed up the recovery process?
I've been doing some rehab exercises I've found on-line and I'm hoping to regain full range of motion sooner than later.

With that being said, anyone got recommendations on a knee brace for riding?


Well that sucks.

I have yet to find any over the counter braces that really help. Doctors tell me to exercise without any impact (cycle or swim) and wait,.... it takes time. But you are young so it will probably feel fine in a day or two :-)

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Re: MCL injury + knee brace suggestions?

Postby Maverick » Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:39 am

Hope so :-({|=
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Re: MCL injury + knee brace suggestions?

Postby James 17A » Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:41 am

pod mx k300 distributed by fox racing
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Re: MCL injury + knee brace suggestions?

Postby Maverick » Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:04 pm

Good looking brace & I'm intrigued but...they have a special fitment tool. Looks like it'd be a pain to get properly fitted.
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Re: MCL injury + knee brace suggestions?

Postby James 17A » Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:42 pm

Maverick wrote:Good looking brace & I'm intrigued but...they have a special fitment tool. Looks like it'd be a pain to get properly fitted.

they are easy to fit, most of the higher end braces have a micro adjustment to realy dial in the fit and how far the brace actully pivots. this is a nice feature becouse evryones range of motion is diferant and you can limit how far that range is, some braces do not have that feature and you can still hyper extend you knees even with them.


I think for the money they are probubly one of the best braces.
all the off the shelf braces are gonna be a little tricky to dial in exactly .
the have diferant patella pads and tibia pads to get the rite feel.

unless you pay around $4000 for custom braces these are challenges your gonna have to deal with with any brace you get.

other options are asterisk cell or the ultra cell, i tried on the ultra cell and it was easy to use and felt solid but the wide straps in the back hurt my knees when bent seated or standing they still rubbed wierd, they aslo have a dial for the boa straps right in the middle if the straps the fetl wierd and pushed on the back of my thighs when seated.

evs web braces are nice but also take a little work to fit well, i tried on a pair that were a little loose becaude they didn't have my size :(

and my last choice would be the alpine stars b2. expensive nd didn't seen very strong compaired to some of the other braces i tried.

don't know if any of this info helps but its what i have figured out over my searches and snooping the last few weeks.

the evs rs8 looks like a decent brace also but i havn't had the opertunity to try any yet.
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Re: MCL injury + knee brace suggestions?

Postby Maverick » Thu Apr 05, 2012 2:19 pm

No, your input has been helpful. I've checked out all of these you mentioned online. I should probably rephrase what I said earlier...the pod might be a pain to get sized seeing as they use a special fitment tool to measure across the knee that I don't have access to. Some of the others seem easier to measure (from home) for appropriate sizing.
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Postby James 17A » Thu Apr 05, 2012 3:08 pm

cool hope you figure it out, I never noticed the special fitment measurement.

you should put up a review in the omra tested section after you purchase and test whatever brand you go with.
I realy like the pod300 for the money but am still undecided on what I will buy.
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Re: MCL injury + knee brace suggestions?

Postby kalnhobbs » Thu Dec 18, 2014 6:39 pm

Do you have medical insurance? Check and see in your coverage and benefits if orthotic devices are included. I tore my ACL last summer, and my DR said she would prescribe me braces of my choice when I am cleared to get back on the bike.

Couple of quick google links on the sort of thing with getting braces through your insurance:

http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/103048 ... insurance/
http://www.vitalmx.com/forums/Moto-Rela ... es,1240258
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Re: MCL injury + knee brace suggestions?

Postby nightrider » Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:50 pm

Obviously we are adding to an old thread here but I'll put my two cents in.
I tore my left left mcl and my right pcl a few years back.
Got lucky and my MD prescribed CTI braces for both legs.
Unfortunately I hear they are very expensive but somehow I got my insurance to pay for them.
Very happy with them and I know they have saved my @$& several times since (I wear them on every ride & race).
Later on I actually destroyed one of them and they honored their warranty by replacing it no charge.
Leg was ok after incident. Would have been mangled if I wasn't wearing it.
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Re: MCL injury + knee brace suggestions?

Postby kalnhobbs » Fri Dec 19, 2014 5:02 pm

nightrider wrote:Obviously we are adding to an old thread here...


Whoa! I didn't realize that the thread was 2 years old, haha. Whoops.
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Re: MCL injury + knee brace suggestions?

Postby nightrider » Fri Dec 19, 2014 7:22 pm

kalnhobbs wrote:
nightrider wrote:Obviously we are adding to an old thread here...


Whoa! I didn't realize that the thread was 2 years old, haha. Whoops.

Ya but good info for anyone currently dealing with knee injuries
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Re: MCL injury + knee brace suggestions?

Postby Revival2013 » Sat Dec 20, 2014 8:02 pm

You did not mention whether you saw an ortho guy? Do you know it's a sprain? Did you get an MRI? If it's a tear or partial tear you will need more than exercise.

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Re: MCL injury + knee brace suggestions?

Postby xt500max » Sat Jan 24, 2015 12:15 am

For what its worth, I have had a totally destroyed knee for years and have had a variety of medical knee braces over the
years.
The medical units don't work at all for me when riding. They rub/damage the tank and stickers and push the knee away
from the bike. Most of them don't have any protection from branches, rocks etc., that seem to jump out and none of ones
I got worked or protected the front of the knee at all.
What works for a "medical" brace is totally different than a dirt bike "brace."
I found a set of unused EVS braces (NOS units??) for $40 that really worked well to hold the knee joint into place. Good
braces are $350+ on up for each knee.
None of the brace are very comfortable (straps/flexibility/etc..) but the EVS brace has worked wonders in a few dumps that completely protected the knee.
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You cant really kickstart a big bike with a medical brace, the EVS is bulky but workable.

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Re: MCL injury + knee brace suggestions?

Postby nightrider » Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:52 pm

xt500max wrote:The medical units don't work at all for me when riding. They rub/damage the tank and stickers and push the knee away
from the bike. Most of them don't have any protection from branches, rocks etc., that seem to jump out


I had similar issues with the CTI's at first.
I remove the plastic hinge covers (they hang up on shrouds) and file down the sharp metal hinge edges.
I then wrap one layer of webbing over the hinge. This is easily done by tucking one end threw the opening for the knee cup.
I have had some pretty nasty offs and the CTI knee cups worked just fine (although they don't look like they would).

This works for my riding style (mostly standing), but of course it might not work for everyone.
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