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    Knee braces-pt, nurse, md

    I had asked about this before and someone suggested a brace but it was like $315 and I need two of them. any way, i bought some knee braces that lock to keep my legs straight but I need more support at the knee. for some reason my legs still bend some. I am getting really frustrated. I have my parallel bars set up and ready but I have hardly used them. I need to get these braces working right. HELP!!!

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    So I think I can help but some more info would also be helpful. For example what makes you think that the knee brace is the solution? Do you have movement below your knees, your profile states that your injury was complete is that accurate?

    I think that you may be interested in knowing more about KAFO's, knee -ankle-foot orthotics. This would be a brace that goes from your foot to just below your buttocks.

    Probably a good idea to talk with your therapist or Doctor who may have a more clear clinical picture about what your issues may be.

    Good luck.

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    help?

    what is it exactly that you want us to say, move your butt?

    you can own parallel bars all you want. until you actually use them three times a day, it makes a very poor decoration, I'm telling you.

    Maybe you could use it to frame a maternity (fraternity?) scene, or whatever it is they put up at Christmas...oh YEAH..a NATIVITY scene!

    Personally, I think you should make a list...everyday. and DO what's on the friggin list!

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    I agree with ortho, we need more info. If you can't lock ur knees, i'm doubting you can dorsiflex ur ankle, whats ur level and whats ur return? I've went threw several knee braces and things to keep my left foot from footdrop but in the end the kafo worked best for me to be functional.
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    Sorry, let me clarify. I have parallel bars. i have no function from about my belly button down. no feeling and I cannot even move a toe. i am complete. i need my knees to lock straight but i also need to be able to bend them in order to get from the bed to my chair to my bars. When I lock the braces I have, my knees still bend slightly. i need them to be fully straight. So what ever braces i get need to be very supportive at the knee. Also I need to find something that fits in my shoe to keep my foot (both feet) from drooping.

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    Jake, I don't think you read the whole message. Yes I was not as detailed as I should have been but i do workout in other ways, not just the bars. What I needed "help" with was the knee brace issue so I can ALSO use my bars to work out with. I appreciate the tough love. I'm not sure if you were trying to be rude but thanks, I think.

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    Crybaby, i'm not an expert but from what you said and what ortho already said, you need 2 KAFOS, that have a locking latch. When you press down on this latch that is goign to be on the back of your knee ur kafo will unlock. So you have to make sure ur safe before you do this. They are suppose to be made so when you go to fall back on a chair it will unlock but from my experience this hardly ever works.

    The problem your going to run into is if these 2 kafos are in the unlocked postion, and you have no help, you'll have to figure out a way to lock these yourself while your standing, or better yet, figure out a way to lock them before you stand up. It will take some problem solving.

    KAFOs arn't cheap and getting them paid for is going to be a bitch because insurance companies will want to know why a complete wants them and PTs might also be dicks but I highly recommend you fight to get them.

    I know a member here DONZ is a para not as low as you, and he uses them alot and has got some progress from them.
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    Thank you so much for the information, and I hear you about the PTs. You would think after seeing what so many people in our situation go thru(emotionally &physically) they would be a little more supportive. I expect the bullshit from the insurance company.

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    I agree with Mr Coffe about some (not all) PT's. Just keep looking for a Doc and PT who is interested in your goals and not those imposed by the insurance company. Best of luck.
    Wildwilly

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