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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