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I had been wearing the ‘DonJoy’ X-Act ROM Hinged, knee brace 24×7 (with at most a 30-minute break to take a shower and do my leg exercises) since I busted my quadricep tendon on Thursday, February 28, 2019.
I was only supposed to wear it post-surgery, i.e., as of March 7, 2019, but it was so comforting when they first put it on me for size that I sought permission to wear it even before the surgery.
It was a pain, but it did a good job in supporting my knee. As long as my knee was well supported I had no pain — even from the start. Hence, why I loved the DonJoy to begin with.
But, after 5-weeks the dynamics changed. I had no knee pain and as such the need for rigid support was not as much. But, now I started to notice the damage the DonJoy was doing to my thigh muscle. It was brutal.
So, I contacted my doctor and got permission to order the smaller, lighter and wrap-around ‘Neo-G’ lockable hinged brace — shown above. It was on backorder and I will not get it till Tuesday.
In the interim I went back to the original ‘CorFlex’ knee immobilizer that ER had given me to use prior to surgery. For now it is great. It doesn’t eat into my muscle. The soft wraparound material feels good, though it also contains five rigid metal bars. Why they want you to use the DonJoy is that they want to start increasing knee flex after 6-weeks. You need a proper hinged brace for that — like the ‘Neo-G’.
So, this is a heads up in case you need a knee brace. I did a ton of research before picking the ‘Neo-G’. That my doctor said it was ‘OK’ was reassuring.