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Discussion: Has anyone used a Unloader One brace

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Jan. 27, 2011
softballer
Men's 55
560 posts
Has anyone used a Unloader One brace
lmk if you have used one of these! I'm thinking might want to get it!
Monta
Jan. 27, 2011
hitman
Men's 65
302 posts
I've got three of them and won't go near a field without one. After two operations from interior meniscus tears I developed aestoarithis and needed some relief and asked about the DonJoy unloader and was fitted up and now have three since 2005. I also had the ortho visc shots that are to last 6 months and I have went 22, 24 and 16 months between shots. The brace may shorten your stride some but totally reduced my pain and I'm sure has prolonged the playing time without having to have a replacement.
Now if I could just get one of those for my back.

The Hitmanm
Jan. 27, 2011
softballer
Men's 55
560 posts
good to know!! but 3 you only have two legs! lmbo how much the run?
Jan. 28, 2011
Webbie25
Men's 60
1975 posts
Softballer-I have my second blue CTI brace--the first one gave up the ghost after 21 years of use and several thousand games. I don't even know it is there during a game except to tighten the straps occasionally. I felt it never slowed me down, but I will not go on a field without it.
Jan. 28, 2011
goforit
97 posts
Softballer, i've had one since 2005 and it works great. I have bone on bone on my right knee and i can not run without the brace. It allows me to still play with no pain. My left knee is now starting to hurt so i may look into another one.
Jan. 28, 2011
softballer
Men's 55
560 posts
thanks guys
goforit i have bone on bone in my left knee sounds like what i need also started taking move free advanced seem to be helping a little so far but only taking for two weeks! again thank you all
Monta
Jan. 28, 2011
softballer
Men's 55
560 posts
hitman i know a great back doctor in Stockton!
Jan. 28, 2011
hitman
Men's 65
302 posts
I had the L3/L4 surgery 6 weeks ago today and so far so good. My Doc is conservative in releasing patients for a full go. Like the groundhog, He says 6 more weeks of winter before I can start swinging.
I have completed the therapy sessions but must continue to do the therapy to strengthen the core muscles. Hopefully this will prevent anything additional.
I had L4/L5 6 years ago by the same Doc. and was good till this happened.
Only time will tell.

The Hitman

PS The only reason I had three DonJoys was because I wore the first two out along with improvements in the design.
I got the current one early last spring.
Jan. 28, 2011
softballer
Men's 55
560 posts
hitman thanks for the info! going Monday to see about getting one according to them insurance will pay 100% for it in deemed needed!
Jan. 30, 2011
hitman
Men's 65
302 posts
I think it's a wise move.
My insurance paid for the first two @100% but only 90% on the last one.
They will be custom made to the measurements that they take from your leg and knee and they take about a week to get.
They 6 months warranty and it is wise to order another set of straps before the six months runs out.
Make to follow the straping sequence exaclty as they tell you and don't wear on long pants, just too much slipeage.
let me know know how it works out.
Lots of Luck,

The Hitman
Jan. 31, 2011
wagon487
Men's 50
522 posts
I have two, a Townsend, which is nice but I get bending it diving for balls. I just got the DJO (same one football players use) and I'm very happy with it. Very sturdy and lightweight.
Slipage is not due to the type of pant you wear. I play in long pants and have no trouble at all.
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