Ruptured knee ligaments

My son is 27 & as the result of an accident, pedestrian Vs Car, 10 years ago he suffered severe head injuries plus his lateral, medial, anterior & posterior cruciate ligaments were all ruptured. Remedial surgery failed to fix the problem.
He walks with the aid of a full length calliper brace which is inadequte. The brace has hinged stainless steel bars each side of his leg from his foot to approx 3/4 up his thigh.
The leather used to support the bars & fasten the brace to his leg cause chafing around his calf & top of his thigh.
He walks a lot, does some pool work & attends a gym 3 times a week. He was a well muscled athlete before the accident.

What we want is a brace he can wear, for gym work, swimming, & walking. His knee is unstable, held by muscle alone, so he over extends & his leg will bend sideways at the knee as well. His current brace breaks down on a regular basis.

What we think we want is a brace with adjustable hinged bars (? carbon fibre) each side of his leg that would extend 3/4 of the way between knee & ankle & knee & thigh. That would locate in or be fastened to a solid plastic ring between knee & calf & kee & thigh to check the lateral movement & over extention, The brace should be fastened above the knee between plastic ring & knee & below the knee above that ring. The rest of the brace could use wrap around neoprene top & bottom & tied with velcro straps midway between top & bottom & at the top & bottom of the brace. We envisage it being fastened with 6 straps. We cannot get anything in our country & most suppliers of orthotic braces are resellers with little or no technical knowledge, & so are not helpful.

I thought you might like a brain teaser to start the New Year with & hope someone can come up with something.

Best regards Gerry

Posted By Gerry Hardman on January 11, 2005 at 22:13:53:

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