No he doesn't, he seems like the type that actually cares about you and your health.
Mine does too, he's just so expensive, makes me wonder sometimes.
I haven't told him that I currently wear Asterisk braces. From what I gathered it was the cost, like I'd said before he seems like a reasonable person and won't prescribe something just for the $$$. He was concerned that my insurance might not pay for, however I checked and they will.
Yes bilateral, nothing to serious though, mostly just torn meniscus and cartilage bits floating around. Required arthroscopic surgery on to fix/clean up.
It could be, he thought you didn't meet the criteria of "medical necessity" under what's considered reasonable through some insurance companies, and this is why he didn't prescribe the brace(s) for you? But, it's good your insurance will cover. I'm not sure mine will cover both, I know they will cover one of them. Either way, I'll purchase the 2nd one if I have to... I think they run $550 or $750 out of pocket.
Really? I always thought CTI was better, glad to hear that though as they only carry DonJoy products. Yeah I knew about the guard.
Huh never knew that they would help pay for the deductible, that's pretty cool.
Ya, it's cool that they'll pay your med deductible if you're wearing their product. But, it could very well be a sale pitch to show confidence in their product (I'm always a skeptic, lol). Per my doc, the CTI's have been around for awhile (still a good brace), but the DJ's are supposedly the newer innovation. Whether they're better, I'm not sure. My doc treats, Pastrana, Ricky Johnson, Shawn White, and others and travels with the US Olympic Volleyball team... I don't so much question his expertise as a knee specialist. But, it could be he's contracted with DJ. I know at one time he RX'd CTI's to patients in the past, but no longer uses their product. I wasn't too happy with my 2nd DJ brace, the neophreme split at the knee (same thing happened to a guy I PT with who wears the same brace). DJ defected it out and replaced it with a new one. Their sports/riding brace (the one we're talking about) is made from a completely different material, carbon-fiber... so hopefully no defective issues. If you decide to get the DJ's, I would ask your doc about the differences between the CTI's vs the DJ's, just so you feel good about your choice.
I actually thought that the braces allow me to grip harder as it doesn't hurt as much. The only bad thing is that you'll wear out your shroud graphics and pants quicker.
One other thing. Some people always say that braces will break your femur and such. Don't know if that true or not, but I've had a get off were I know I would've super hyper-extended my knee. Don't really remember how it happened but the damage was a very sore right knee, a really nasty bruise on my lower leg where the brace transferred the load, and a torn labrum in the right shoulder. It hurt like
and couldn't walk on it for a day, plus that night it swelled up like a balloon and my shoulder became unbearable so off to the ER, then a specialist.
Back on the bike a month and a half later.
That doc was a little different though, he was like "ahh if it doesn't hurt to bad go for it".
Sounds like the brace was a save for you on that one, that's a good thing! Also, good to know about the gripping.
Hopefully, the DJ will be just as comfortable. And... the shrouds/gear get thrashed anyway, right, lol. Yes, I've heard about the femur deal. I don't know if this was an isolated incident or if there's been several. I think if there were multiple cases of this occurring, the brace would be obsolete. Statistically, I'm thinking the benefit of protecting the ligaments vs the odds of a traumatic forceful crash where the load of transfer is enough to break a bone is going to be much lower (I hope). There's just no good injury to have, I haven't broken a major bone yet (knock on wood). But, I do know I never want to repeat this injury again. No matter how good they are at repairing your knee, there's just no substitute for your OEM parts. I also, don't know how common actual knee injuries are in this sport, seems we hear more often about arms and shoulder injuries. A brace could be very well be overkill, and I honestly think the assault done to my knee did not fit what actually happened. Most of my injury and damage was already there, and my little dab down was just enough to push things over the edge. But, now that's it's done, I have no choice but to protect this area for awhile and will wear braces... hopefully, no broken bones to follow.