The specialist, doctor or physiotherapist has prescribed you this knee brace to wear – here are some frequently asked questions !
What is a ROM brace?
A knee range of motion brace is often prescribed by practitioners to restrict movement of the patients knee. This is done to allow appropriate and effective healing of structures following ligamentous or fracture injuries. The type and severity of the injury will determine the brace parameters in conjunction with your practitioner and Physiotherapist. You should not lock and unlock your brace without liaising with your treating team or without specific instructions.
How long do I have to wear it for?
This will depend on a range of factors and will be different for everyone. The type and severity of injury will dictate your guidelines prescribed by the practitioner. If you need clarification on how long you need to wear the brace, please contact your physiotherapist or treating practitioner.
Do I have to sleep in the brace?
Sleeping in the brace is recommended to ensure appropriate healing and avoid aggravation of symptoms. Sleep is an important aspect of rehab and forms around a 3rd of our day, hence it is integral that the knee range is controlled during this time. Additionally, we move around a lot whilst we sleep and therefore the brace will help control any twisting, bending or extending of the knee that may increase pain or swelling. Although it may be a little clunky to sleep in, utilising pillows, sleeping on your back and ensuring appropriate sleep hygiene will help assist in getting a good nights sleep.
Can I take off the brace to shower?
This will ultimately depend on your brace guidelines and weight bearing status. It is important not to get the brace wet and it also important for post op surgical sites not to get wet in the early stages. If you need to keep the brace on at all times, using wipes or a plastic cover can be effective. If your specialist or physiotherapist has advised that you can take it off for showers, taking care and using supports if available is recommended.
My brace does not feel right what should I do?
If your brace feels too tight or loose it is important to contact your physiotherapist to ensure it has been fitted properly. A brace that is fitted incorrectly can impact optimum healing of the injured tissue, this may lead to increased pain, swelling or worse outcomes. Additionally, if the brace is too tight pressure injuries or skin irritation can occur which may have further complications. If your skin becomes sore, red, itchy please contact your treating practitioner.
Can I wear clothes or compression items underneath the brace?
It is recommended that the brace is worn as close to the skin as possible to ensure that correct position is achieved and maintained. Compression garments such as TubiGrip can be worn underneath to help assist with swelling and comfort. Tighter items of clothing such as leggings may be worn underneath if the position of the knee brace is not compromised.