Breg Fusion Knee Brace Review
The Breg Fusion knee brace is a functional ligament knee brace designed for people who have suffered an injury to one of the four ligaments making up the knee joint. Breg has over 20 years of experience making ligament, osteoarthritis, post-op, patella, and soft braces for all types of injuries. Their functional knee braces are known for having a sleek, lightweight design with exceptional comfort and fit.
The Fusion Knee Brace has a very low-profile design making it great for someone going to the gym, playing sports, or working on the job site. This type of brace is designed to act as a substitute for damaged ligaments. After the tearing of a knee ligament, surgery is often recommended for those who want to continue to live an active lifestyle. A functional knee brace allows you to be active and not have to worry about the possibility of re-injury.
Fusion Knee Brace Features
AirTech is Breg’s innovative design system that uses AirMesh to create windows and pad channels that move heat and moisture away from the skin leading to a dryer and cooler area surround the brace. This technology works in both warm and cool temperatures.
ProForm technology is how the media side structure of the brace fits the knee. This technology enables a precise, contoured fit that will keep the brace in position at all times. This means the brace is not migrating out of position and your knee joint is protected in every situation. The Fusion knee brace works with the knee not against it. The Pivot Point Straps contour and conform to the legs shape for superior fit, comfort and protection.
Common Examples of Use
There are four ligaments that hold the bones of the knee joint together. Injuries to knee ligaments can be acute or chronic; this means that that the injury can result from a direct blow or movement or from repeated stress over time. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) are found on the inside of the knee joint. These two ligaments role is to control the forward and backward movement of the joint as well as provide rotational stability. Injury to the ACL is more common than the PCL. Common symptoms include a popping sound at time of injury, pain, swelling, stiffness, loss of range of motion, discomfort with walking, and instability.
ACL Injury Causes:
- Changing direction rapidly
- Stopping suddenly
- Slowing down while running
- Landing incorrectly
- Direct contact or collision (vehicle accident or tackle)
PCL Injury Causes:
- Direct blow to the front of the knee
- Falling on the knee
- Twisting or Hyperextending the knee
The medial collateral ligament (MCL) and the lateral collateral ligament (LCL) are found on the sides of the knee joint. The function of these two joints is to control side to side movement in the knee and prevent the joint from moving into high risk positions. Injuries to these to ligaments mirror each other in symptoms. Pain is either found on the inside of the knee (MCL) or the outside of the knee (LCL), as well as swelling, stiffness and instability.
MCL Injury Causes
- Direct blow to the outside of the knee
- Changing direction rapidly
- Twisting, jumping and bending
LCL Injury Causes
- Direct blow to the inside of the knee
- Tackling collisions or falls
How the Fusion Knee Brace Works
The Fusion knee brace is designed as a functional knee brace. The design of functional knee braces, which included the straps and hinges, is to limit the amount of movement in the knee so that the joint does not move into a high risk position where injury can occur. This can be done by either limiting the side to side movements or forward and backward movements. The brace is built to engage before the joint is able to move into a high risk position. Meaning it will resist the knee from displacements that lead to stretching and tearing of the ligaments.
Sizing and fitting can be tough so consulting with a physiotherapist or physician is highly recommended when purchasing the Breg Fusion Knee Brace.
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