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Will Braces Weaken My Knees?

By    |   Monday, 02 Feb 2015 04:51 PM

Question: I recently had knee surgery and am using a brace for support when I play tennis. But I’m worried this might actually make my knee dependent on it, or weaken the muscles. What do you think?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer: 
 
Braces are fine for supporting knees after surgery or acute injury, but are a bad idea to use on a continuing basis. Braces worn excessively will place you at higher risk of re-injury.

Not only do they catch easily, but they do hinder long term protective muscle development. In addition, most braces will not protect as well as many wearers believe, so they are not an excuse to resume risk activities in an injured knee.

Get yourself into a rehab program to strengthen your knee, and do not rely on braces to prevent tennis injury, because they are not going to work as well as you think. Despite this, use your prescribed brace to protect your knee until your orthopedic surgeon tells you to remove it.

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