Discuss your interest in knee braces with your doctor. Together you can decide whether a knee brace is likely to help your problem and how likely you may be to actually wear it regularly.
If you decide to try a knee brace, your doctor will probably need to write a prescription for it and refer you to an orthotist — a health professional who designs, builds and fits braces and other devices to improve function in people with orthopedic problems.
Custom-made knee braces can cost more than $1,500, so you might want to check with your health insurance provider first to see whether these types of devices are covered by your policy.
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