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  • There are two different types of knee surgery. Knee replacement surgery is typically done for patients dealing with severe arthritis of the knee where the knee is so damaged by the pain that it is affecting your daily life. This is often a last resort and will be decided by you and your doctor. The other type of knee surgery which is more common is for repairing torn ligaments. If you have a severe tear in your ligament or multiple ligaments, it is likely that you will need surgery to repair them. Your orthopaedic surgeon will explain to you the best treatment if you have a ligament tear.
  • The type of knee brace you should purchase depends on a variety of things. Are you injured or do you want to protect yourself from future injuries? What level of support are you looking for? What activities are you planning to participate in? Learn about choosing the right knee brace or use our Brace Advisor to help you narrow down your choices based on your needs.
  • Anterior knee pain is located at the front, center of the knee.

Depending on the severity of the fracture, you may still be able to walk.

You should wear a knee brace if you are looking to prevent injury, feel any constant mild pain or instability, are going back to sports and activities after an old injury, think you might have injured your knee, and post-surgery.

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries – Sprain or rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament, often caused by twisting the knee or an impact to the side of the knee.
  • Articular Cartilage Problems of the Knee – Injured areas, called lesions, show up as tears or pot holes in the surface of the cartilage that lines the ends of the bones.
  • Collateral Ligament Injuries – An injury to these ligaments usually involves a significant force, such as a fall while skiing or a direct impact to the side of the leg.
  • Hamstring Injuries – Rupture or strain of the hamstring tendons as they insert into the back of the knee.
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