Knee injury is very common and once you suffer from an injury it can take a long time to regain your previous strength and functionality back. Knee braces are an excellent way to prevent knee injury and protect an injured knee from further damage so that it can heal. Teter Orthotics & Prothetics supplies a wide variety of DONJOY knee braces at all of our locations, including Traverse City, Grand Rapids and Petoskey.
The highly experienced staff at Teter Orthotics can help you ensure that you have the best knee brace for your unique circumstances. We provide knee braces that focus on protecting and supporting the ACL, MCL and patella, as well as a variety of arthritis knee braces that are excellent at eliminating the symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Some common knee injuries that we see in our Traverse City, Petoskey and Grand Rapids offices and treat with specialized knee braces are:
ACL Injury (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) –
The ACL is one of the four primary ligaments that support the knee and restricts motion. Tearing the ACL is the most common knee ligament injury. We have a wide variety of braces for supporting your knee after an ACL tear or injury and can help match you with the best solution based on the level of support and stability you need, and if you will be using it during day-to-day activities, contact sports or both.
Also referred to as “Runners Knee” or patellofemoral pain, chondromalacia often impacts young athletes. The pain is caused when the cartilage located on the undersurface of the kneecap becomes aggravated because instead of the kneecap gliding smoothly over the top of the knee it is rubbing against one side of the knee joint causing friction and irritation. This problem is common with activities that place a high demand on the joint. This is not limited to athletes but any activity that requires a lot of climbing, kneeling or squatting. Runners are highly susceptible to patella irritations. We offer multiple styles of knee braces that will align and stabilize the patella so that you can continue to run the Traverse City tart trail, or comfortably kneel in your garden.
Dislocated kneecap –
This injury is caused by the patella becoming dislocated due to a twisting motion or a blow to the knee. In the case of a dislocated kneecap a highly supportive knee brace is required to hold the patella in place while the knee heals.
ITB (Illiotibial Band Syndrome) –
Is actually a common injury to the thigh, but the pain is often felt on the outside of the knee just above the joint. It’s caused by overuse and runners, bicyclists, long-distance walkers, hikers and weight lifters are commonly afflicted. The illotibial band runs from the outside of the pelvis and over the hip and knee, and can cause friction as it moves to support the knee during activity. Teter Orthotics and Prothetics can provide a brace as well as helpful hot/cold therapy wraps to help relieve pain caused by the IT band.
MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament Injury) –
The collateral ligaments support the knee in side to side motions. When a collateral ligament is injured it is typically due to a side impact, for example in a skiing accident or a side football tackle. The severity of the tear is evaluated on a scale form 1-3, three being a complete tear and one only a minor stretch or sprain.
The medial collateral ligament is one of two ligaments on the knee, it is the ligament located on the inside and is most commonly injured when there is a hit to the outside of the knee while the foot is on the ground. MCL injuries frequently heal on their own when properly supported by the correct brace. The trained Teter Orthotics and Prosthetics experts at our Traverse City, Petoskey, Grand Rapids or other location can help you find the best knee brace to support healing.
Meniscus Tear –
This crescent shaped cartilage in the knee is commonly torn while playing sports or in older adults it can tear while just kneeling or other everyday activities. Due to low blood flow in some areas of the meniscus this injury may require surgery, but if the tear occurs in an area that has regular blood flow it will often heal on it’s own with the proper support of a quality knee brace. We have several models available that are appropriate for supporting the knee while the meniscus heals.
Osteoarthritis of the knee occurs when the cartilage in the knee begins to breakdown. Osteoarthritis frequently damages other joints in the body as well. There are a variety of treatments available knee braces are among them. A quality knee brace helps by keeping the knee properly aligned and taking the pressure off of the damaged areas which helps reduce pain and increase range of function. At Teter Orthotics and Prosthetics we are experienced in finding the right knee brace to help you regain function and go through your day pain free.
PCL (Posterior Cruciate Ligament) Injury –
One of the four primary ligaments that provide stability to the knee, the PCL a strong ligament located in the back of the knee is not as easily diagnosed as the ACL when injured. Damage to the PCL can be caused by overextension of the knee or a what is commonly called “dashboard injury”. This happens when the shin is hit from the front while the knee is bent, common in car accidents. Depending on the circumstances surgical and/or non-surgical treatments may be necessary, the staff at Teter Orthotics and Prosthetics are fully equipped get you the best knee brace to help ensure a quicker recovery.
Whatever your needs may be one of the trained staff on the Teter team will be happy to help you find the best knee brace for you.
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