Well, I can't vouch for braces that much because we generally do not recommend them.
Over a period of time, there will be scarring in the joint and degenerative joint disease. The splint will not help prevent these changes.
If not doing surgery, or if you have to delay the surgery, I would focus more on ensuring your pet is getting a good non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication and a good oral pain medication like Tramadol.
It would be wise to also start a good joint support supplement as well. By far, my favorites that you should research on the internet are Dasuquin or Cosequin.
I have not recommended splinting in 6 years, and I know most of my colleagues do not either.
The tears are only partial, is there anyway that these can heal on there own? One of the reasons I am skeptical of doing surgery is because I have heard that some vets try to do some rehab.
Thanks for the reply