Having spent the best part of my 52 years on the assumption I was bullet-proof, the ways it keeps catching up with me never cease to amaze.
The latest is a tear in the meniscus cartilage of my left knee which is making my front leg feel a bit more vulnerable than I'd like. I've got the appointments lined up and do a fair bit of leg strengthening work, but with a much-anticipated Noosa trip in March I'm looking to get a surfing knee brace as extra insurance.
Does anyone have much experience with braces and, if so, which ones would you recommend? I'm looking at this one at the moment: https://www.bauerfeind.com.au/collections/knee-braces/products/genutrain....
Keep up the strengthening work and you could try a K-tape like rocktape H20 which should stay on for a few days of surfing if applied well.
Here’s a general knee support style of taping. There’s probably other ways you could tape it to add support to your specific injury.
I use that brace for a bucket handle tear in my meniscus (back leg) from last year, while I'm on the waitlist for an arthroscopy.
I was very sceptical but have found that wearing it on days when I'm on my feet helped a lot (ie, weekends with young kids), and in turn meant surfing aggravated it less. I would definitely wear it in the water on a trip. I don't routinely wear it in the water because I can't imagine it being good for the hinge, but I am tempted to wear it in the water.
Otherwise, I've been managing it for a year or so and have found cycling to be the best way to keep it under control. Plenty of stretching, non-weight bearing leg exercises and a bit of foundation training is also helping (I think the latter helped because it seems to target the upper leg muscles.
I hope that's helpful and good luck! It does suck, but mine is pretty bad (apparently) and I've been able to keep surfing for now.
I don't have direct experience with the knee brace but I would think it would help? I dragged quadriceps tendonitis for years so always some issues, especially after 'a good surf' where I caught many waves and pushed my knees through maximum turns (for my abilities). It dragged on and I was constantly going through good/bad phases. What resolved it, in the end, was resting from surfing and strengthening my muscles. And I did/do use the tape like in the above video.
All in all, I recommend the brace as a safety precaution. These injuries can drag on for years and you don't want to keep going through healthy/injured cycles for months to come. Learned this hard lesson with running as well which is notorious for knee injuries.