By: Staci Stallings
I’m having issues with my knee. It started with other issues, but when we got a Wii Balance Board and I found the joy of skateboarding… Well, that coupled with turning 40 in September just finished off what was already a problem.
Because I was having trouble getting around after skateboarding WAAAY too much, I resorted to getting a knee brace. Now I graduated from college. I even went back and started on a Master’s Degree. However, when I opened the knee brace, I quickly realized the deplorable state of my technical understanding. The knee brace is black. It’s made of stretchy fabric and SIX straps. The top three are supposed to go at the top of your knee. The bottom three… well, at the bottom.
I won’t describe the scene because your imagination can’t be any worse than it was. The only intelligible thing was the little circle in the middle. Circle to kneecap. Got it. The rest? Forget it!
As I struggled and struggled with this contraption that was supposed to help, the thought struck me. To support a knee, man had come up with this marvel. Whoever came up with it had several real challenges going in. First it has to bend; therefore, it has to be in two distinctive parts but still be in one piece. Then there has to be a piece in the front that allows the knee to actually bend. It has to fit to the leg as it contracts and relaxes. It has to fit when the leg is bent and when the leg is straight.
This was no small task.
But then think just beyond that about the knee itself. This joint that most don’t even think about until something goes wrong has to bend and straighten, with skin that stretches and straightens with no problem. The knee when straight must hold up a whole person. It must bend and hold to lower the person into a chair. It even allows a person to walk or run.
It does all of that with no straps or anything!
And people say there is no God.
Good grief. Apparently they’ve never had to use an knee brace.
Oh, and just so we’re clear. I’m forever and immensely grateful for all those human brains that thought up how to make a brace for a knee, but that is probably just more evidence of my point.