Knee braces play a significant role in the treatment of the multiple ligament injured knee. Used in conjunction with both operative or nonoperative treatment programs, a variety of knee braces exist to allow healing of the soft tissue structures in a protected environment. In its 1984 Knee Braces Seminar Report, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) classified knee braces into three groups:
Prophylactic knee braces, designed to prevent or reduce the severity of knee injuries
Rehabilitative knee braces, designed to allow protected motion of injured knees or knees that have been treated operatively
Functional knee braces, designed to provide stability for the unstable knee
The AAOS position statement on knee braces, published on their Web site (http://www.AAOSo.org) states:
AAOS believes that rehabilitative knee braces and functional knee braces can be effective in many treatment programs, and that this efficacy has been demonstrated by long-term scientifically conducted studies.
KeywordsAnterior Cruciate Ligament Soft Tissue Structure Anterior Cruciate Ligament Graft Knee Brace Anterior Cruciate Ligament Strain
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