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Location: Bloody Hills of Saucon Valley
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ACL reconstruction in 1994. Wore a brace for about 2-3 months F/T then only when playing aports, hiking or biking. Mine cost $1000 and took about 3 weeks to make. It was similiar to the DonJoy.
I also found that when wearing the brace for extended periods it tends to limit the range of natureal motion and after taking it off, my increased natural range of motion makes me uncomfortable.
I haven't worn it in 12-13 years and hopefully will never need it again, but you should get a 2nd opinion (or thrid) and never let lack of funds stop you from taking the best possible course of therapeutic action.