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    I am an incomplete C5 with an impaired gait. My right knee needs support when I ampulate. Suggestions?
    Thanks

    #2
    Ambulate = to walk. Amputate = to cut off. Hopefully you are talking about the former and not the latter.

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      #3
      Do you have an AFO? By limiting the amount the ankle can move, you are supporting the knee. If this is not enough support, a KAFO may be necessary.
      Your knee may need support due to a strength deficit, which you can work on with exercises. Or due to a sensation deficit which you would have to compensate for; which would be a factor in choosing an AFO vs. KAFO.
      Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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        #4
        How is your lower leg strength? Are you able to control your ankle movements? If so, I would suggest a brace that limits your knee range of motion and provides medial/lateral stability. Such as these:

        http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy/k...ed-knee-braces

        http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy/k...ed-knee-braces

        http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-o...tis-knee-brace


        Eric Harness, CSCS
        Founder/President
        Neuro Ex, Inc
        Adaptive Performance and Neuro Recovery

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