A popular topic among ski enthusiasts is knee injuries, which account for one-third of skiing accident or incident problems. For example, a twist of the knee leads to the most common knee sprain, the Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL). However, in recent years there has been a significant increase in the rupture of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL).
Bracing is a great way to help minimize the risk of knee injury. With ski season upon us, educating yourself about knee bracing options is important. Wearing a brace can help prevent knee damage under certain circumstances.
What Are the Treatment Options for Knee Issues?
There are three primary treatment options for problems with your knees: knee surgery, knee therapy, and knee bracing. Surgery must be discussed with your doctor. There are various types such as arthroscopic surgery, partial or complete knee replacement, and more.
Therapy options include cold therapy or exercises. Knee bracing or knee orthosis involves wearing a brace around the knee to provide stability for the joint or corrects misaligned or maladjustments.
Types of Knee Bracing
There are many different types of braces available, depending on the issue being addressed and personal preference. Braces are divided into categories also. There are ligament types, adjustable range-of-motion, and post-operative, among others.
How to Help Prevent Knee Ligament Injuries on the Slopes
The best precaution you can take to prevent an injury to your knee while skiing is to wear a brace. Knee braces provide 30% more resistance to forces applied to the knee ligaments, which is especially important to the ACL.
Whether you are trying to prevent an injury or are recovering from one, consider one of the following braces:
DonJoy Elastic Knee w/Patella Donut This brace is an effective knee brace that provides compression and support for your knee. Constructed of comfortable cotton and stretch elastic, and the soft donut design gives padding where needed.
Bauerfeind Genutrain Elastic Knee Brace
This knee brace can help prevent additional injury to your knee. The ACL brace incorporates a silicone insert that provides exceptional support. Lightweight but sturdy, it is not only very comfortable to wear, but the compression effect minimizes possible swelling.
This knee brace is great for those skiers who want try new maneuvers or techniques but also want to ensure that they protect their knee from any unusual strains or movements while doing so.
DonJoy Playmaker Drytex Knee Brace This ACL brace provides you with breathability, lightness, and comfort. The brace sports a patented 4-point leverage system that has received excellent user reviews.
Ossur CTi Ligament Knee Brace The Ossur CTi substitutes the traditional rigid brace frame with one that has adjustable settings. It provides you with great support, and the breathable liners make it one of the most comfortable braces on the market. The exoskeleton design stabilizes the knee joint completely, giving you the freedom to move as you would want to while improving your skiing technique.
Breg X2K-OA Arthritis Knee Brace
The is an ideal knee brace for arthritis with an optimal design that minimizes movement of the joint while completely protecting the knee. The ingenious design has a unique condyle pad system.
What Should You Do if You Suffer a Knee Ligament Injury?
Sometimes, despite a brace or other precautions, you may injury your knee ligament.
If you believe you may have injured your knee, seek the opinion of an orthopedic specialist or physiotherapist as soon as possible.
If you have a severe knee ligament injury, during the acute stage (the first 48-72 hours) exact diagnosis is very difficult due to the gross swelling around the joint. You must reduce the swelling before anyone can determine the exact nature of the injury.