Breg T-Scope Knee Brace
Knee injuries are extremely common among athletes and the general population alike. Whether you tore your ACL planting your foot on a cut, being on the receiving end of a tackle, or you simply stepped off the curb and felt a 'pop' in your knee, knee injuries can have a major negative impact on your life.
Rehabilitation from knee injuries can be tiresome, and depending on the injury, it can seem like forever. Dragging out the recovery process can really take its toll, both physically and mentally. Besides, chances are you have things to do and plans for the future, so why let a knee injury stop you more than it has to.
In this article, we will review one of the most popular knee braces, especially when it comes to ligament injuries, such as a torn ACL - The Breg T-Scope Knee Brace. Breg is a good company when it comes to knee braces, and the Breg T-Scope in particular comes highly recommended for post-operative care, and can be used beyond that timeline as well. We will discuss the features of the Breg T-Scope that make it great for these purposes in the section below.
Breg T-Scope Knee Brace Review
The Breg T-Scope is great for post-operative care for a couple reason. First, this brace features rigid telescoping bilateral hinges, which provide excellent medial and lateral support for the knee. However, this alone isn't enough for post-operative care.
The key factor in determining this brace's functionality for post-operative care is the ability to lock the hinges at various angles, allowing for complete immobilization of the knee joint. The brace can be locked in five different positions: -10, 0, 10, 20, and 30 degrees of knee extension. If your doctor instructs you to try and not move your leg at all following surgery, this brace could be an excellent option.
Breg T-Scope for Knee Rehabilitation
The Breg T-Scope doesn't just allow for complete immobilization, but it continue to help with your recovery as you progress beyond that point. For example, the hinges we mentioned previously that can be locked into various positions can be locked in a different way that allows for motion, but only to a certain extent.
The bilateral hinges have quick-adjusting flexion and extension stops to control and limit knee flexion and extension. The idea here is that you assign a particular angle of knee flexion and extension, and you have the capability to move your knee within this range of motion, but you are prevented from moving beyond this safe range of motion. There is quite a bit of flexibility in terms of where you decide to apply the stops.
This is great for when you're progressing through your rehabilitation and get to the point where you're starting to do light exercises for mobility, or even just getting around. The stops are nice because it not only provides a physical barrier to your knee moving into a potentially harmful position, but it also relieves some of the stress involved with worrying about potentially re-injuring the knee, which can be a nice mental break.
OK, so we have established that the T-Scope is effective during the rehabilitation process for knee injuries. However, another very important factor is whether or not you will actually find it comfortable enough to wear as much as you may need. Fortunately, this knee brace scores fairly well in these categories, and we'll break this down further.
It also offers a nearly universal fit due to the telescoping bars and overall design. The hinge bars extend from 17" to 27", so it can accommodate a large range of individuals. Depending on your limb length and overall proportions, this brace should be good for anyone within the height ranges of 5'0" to 6'4".
The cuffs on the brace are actually quite comfortable as well, and can be for a wide variety of individuals, and we think this is likely due to the fact that they are fairly flexible, so they are really accommodating. One feature that we wouldn't have even thought of until actually needing this coming off surgery is the BridgeTech incision pad, which relieves pressure and provides comfort around the incision site. If you don't need or want this, no worries, it's an optional accessory.
Finally, the overall weight of the brace is 35 oz, so it's surprisingly lightweight given the bulky appearance. It's easy and quick to put on, especially after you do it once, and all the straps and quick-clip buckles are really easy and quick to do up.
It's always a good idea to evaluate products with a critical eye, especially when it comes to your health and well-being. In this case, the most obvious barrier preventing many people from purchasing this brace is the cost. It's actually not the most expensive brace out there, for example you could find a knee brace almost 2-4x the cost, but there are also other options that are much cheaper.
The cheaper options usually lack some of the features that come with the Breg T-Scope, but we understand how the cost may force some people to purchase something with only the necessities, and improvise for everything else. We don't recommend the latter, but we also can't tell you what it and isn't worth purchasing for your particular needs and financial situation.
Lastly, the brace is a little bulky in terms of size (but not weight); however, this is hardly a criticism, as the "bulkiness" is typically necessary for a knee brace that offers the highest level of support.
How to Put on the Breg T-Scope Knee Brace
For a demonstration of the application of the Breg T-Scope knee brace, please check out the video tutorial below:
Summary - Pros and Cons
- Capable of immobilization
- Can also set safe range of motion
- Telescoping bilateral hinge bars
- Can be worn on left or right leg
- Lightweight and comfortable
- Starting to get a little more expensive
- Some don't like the bulkiness, but it's necessary for incorporation of all the features.