Still struggling with a dodgy knee after my last Laos trip Escaping From Xam Neua & Laos. my attention has been directed towards treatment & care. Researching knee braces has been one focus, & one of the best sites I have found is The Knee Pain site Knee Pain Explained - Understand it and Treat it Knee Brace Guide: Best Braces for Knee Pain Hinged Knee Braces: Compare Products & Read Reviews Neoprene Knee Brace Guide: Compare Products & Read Reviews Some good general knee brace sites Best Knee Brace Reviews – Top Rated Braces http://www.physioroom.com/catalog/Knee_Supports_Braces/2034.html Knee Brace Selection Guide - pick the best knee brace -- JointHealing.com Donjoy would appear to be one of, if not the best Knee Braces, DonJoy Braces | DonJoy | DJO Global So the question arises is anyone riding with a knee brace? There are braces for M-X riders & I’ve found these sites with info for M-X knee braces Motorcycle USA had some info Study Proves Off-Road Knee Braces Effective - Motorcycle USA Conclusion: The most common knee injuries in off-road motorcycling involve the anterior cruciate ligament, menisci, and medial collateral ligament. The use of prophylactic knee bracing appears to have a beneficial effect in preventing medial collateral ligament and anterior cruciate ligament injuries as well as overall knee injury occurrence. These findings may be applicable to other sports that involve similar forces and mechanics. “ While the news is positive and goes to show that the development of protective equipment is making a difference, poking through the statistical data allows us to pull some other interesting conclusions. Of the riders sampled, the largest group are over 35 years of age. Those riders also sport the highest percentage of brace wearers (69%). So are we smarter with age, or simply more fragile? Also, riders with only 1-5 years of experience have the lowest percentage of brace wearers (54%). The longer we’re in this sport, the more injures we experience personally and with other riders. Does this indicate a need for better education and awareness about dirt bike protection? Or perhaps lower prices to help get entry riders geared up. Also, 74% of recorded motocross riders wear braces – the highest of the listed disciplines. There’s an old saying that there are two kinds of riders – those who have had knee surgery, and those who will. A sport-specific study like this is a valuable tool for providing feedback on a controversial subject. Anyone who has twisted a throttle knows that riding dirt bikes is hard on the body, especially the knees. Even though knee braces cannot prevent all injuries, the data suggests that strapping on a set will at least improve the chances of keeping those important joints in one piece Dirt Rider has some info & reviews We also showed the braces to a sports chiropractor who rides. Both had very similar comments on the braces and stressed two very important things: Anything is better than nothing You really get what you pay for. Even the most expensive brace here is cheaper than the MRI you'll need if you tweak your knee. Our experts also agreed that they would classify only three of the braces, the EVS Web, the Innovation Sports Morph and the Asterisk Cell, as true knee braces. The others are beefed-up knee pads with hinges on them. A doctor's point of view is presented in each description. The doctors also had some suggestions for riders shopping for knee braces. Remember, the most important thing is fit! The brace should essentially attach to your skeleton as much as possible through the straps and formed hard parts. 1. Poly-axial hinges. (They move more like your knee.) 2. Long bars or arms off the hinge (the longer the better) with the hinge set just behind the middle of the knee joint to provide the most protection. 3. Protection to the front of the knee, especially just below the knee at the tibial plateau. 4. Above-the-knee protection. 5. Good strapping (dual is best) that attaches or molds to the calf to stop the brace from moving up. 6. A good extension stop. Read it here: Motocross Knee Brace Buyer's Guide I have an appointment with a top knee doctor Nantawit Sugandhavesa, M.D. - Department of Orthopidic, Faculty of Medicine, CMU. for a 2nd opinion on what is / isnt going on. How your knee looks & works How it may be malfunctioning hopefully we can ascertain the extent of ligament & meniscus damage & then make a plan of attack.