I injured my MCL last year and am now considering wearing a knee brace. An operation wasn't needed but I was out for about 4 months. I've read that some say knee braces don't work while others swear by them. In any case, I'm willing to try one out. I've been looking at knee braces by Breg, DonJoy and CTi.
I'd like to hear from those who wear one and what you're experience has been like in terms of cost, comfort,..etc.
yea i've had to wear one for about 2-3 years, i dislocated my knee-cap and it never fully healed, i just had surgery in November and am still recovering, but the knee brace never affected my skating, if anything it eased my mind knowing all the support i had, it might feel a bit stiff after you put your shin pads on, but it really isnt a big deal after a day or so, plus its better then the risks. Maybe go see a sports doctor, thats how i got mine.
Are you looking for a rigid brace (like the one I wear) or a soft brace? I worse a soft brace for a bit after injuring the ACL. It helped and I may go back to it once I am able to lose the rigid brace. It may be enough for you.