Using functional braces post-operatively

There has been a recent trend by some physicians to utilize functional braces postoperatively. The trend is certainly understandable. Some insurance programs, as well as the dictates of some HMO organizations, have limited the type and number of braces that are covered for medical reimbursement. However, there are definite problems with this approach. Postoperative patients...

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I no longer use post-op braces

When questioned about what postoperative brace they currently use, some physicians will mention that they no longer use postop braces. Upon further questioning, it is often found that they utilize a knee immobilizer, a posterior splint, or an elastic bandage following surgery. Therefore, they still use a brace! This change is usually made to save...

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