Many patients ask if they need a brace after undergoing knee surgery. In this Ask Dr. Geier video, I address wearing a knee brace after meniscus surgery and whether they can help someone exercise or work without pain.

Carol Swanson writes:

I had 3/4 of my meniscus removed about 10 years ago. I have sharp pain in the front of my knee and dull ache in the back. Would wearing a brace help ease the pain?

There are a variety of different knee braces, including ones for patellar dislocations, ACL injuries, MCL injuries, and more. Braces might not be helpful for patients dealing with pain from a meniscus tear. However, patients often develop joint space narrowing from loss of some of the shock-absorbing properties of the meniscus. Unloader braces can help remove stress from this area in some patients.

Also read:
Ask Dr. Geier: Exercises after arthroscopic knee surgery
Ask Dr. Geier: Swelling and stiffness after meniscus surgery

Should you wear a knee brace after meniscus surgery?

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