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12/7/12 11:27 A

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i have these awesome knee braces. They are so comfortable and they give so much support. When i am in the midst of a flare up, my friends can always tell, because i have the braces on. They give great support and i can sleep that night, not always, but most times. because i have given the support during the day.

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11/28/12 9:02 P

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Yes I use one, you can do what ever you think you can do in one. quit simply its mind over matter, if you feel like you need it use one, build some strength then see how it goes. I have one that is also a compression cuff. It goes a long way providing stability, and keeps a little extra warmth in the joint. I now use it when I do weight training, or when I;\'m on my feet all day. BTW, my Doc recommended it. I also have one for my elbow.

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DANMAR1 Posts: 800
10/31/12 10:14 A

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Thank you The more input I get the better I can make a good decision. Anyone else?
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10/30/12 7:54 P

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I used one for a while. It did stabilize my knee so I could walk without a cane more safely, but it made clothing a problem, was very hot and uncomfortable in our hot summer weather, and I felt that using it was decreasing the overall strength and flexibility in my knees (both are affected, the right worse). I asked for physical therapy instead and strengthened the side muscles around the knees. I continue to use my cane for safety, especially when walking longer distances, because they do get less stable when I'm tired, but overall the exercise helped the instability quite a lot. I use the elliptical trainer, finding that it guides my knees better than just walking. So far i'm able to avoid the braces.

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10/30/12 12:20 P

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I haven't used one either, but I'd agree with Cyndi's advice - consult a professional!

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10/30/12 11:14 A

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Sorry, I have no experience with using a knee brace. I'd imagine you can still do low impact exercise, but you should ask a professional like your doctor or a physical therapist.

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DANMAR1 Posts: 800
10/30/12 9:59 A

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My RA doctor said I may need a knee brace. Has anyone used one and can you exercise? I'd like to know what experience someone has had using it.

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