What is a Knee Brace?
From ACL tears to hyperextensions to meniscus tears, knee injuries are a major threat and should be taken seriously. Research suggests that an average of 2.5 million Americans visit the ER each year with knee injuries, the majority of which occur while playing sports. If you suspect that you have injured your knee, your first step toward recovery should be to consult with your physician, who may advise you to purchase a quality knee brace from McDavid.
A knee brace is an effective measure for recovery in addition to physical therapy or surgery if needed. Depending on the severity of the injury, your physician may only recommend that you rest and use a knee brace.
Knee braces help the wearer by providing support for sore or injured knees. They can prevent the knee from moving past the natural range of motion in the case of unstable knees. Braces can also help redistribute weight from your lower limb onto the upper thigh, which is much stronger and better suited to carry heavy loads.
A knee brace is a wearable support for sore or injured knees that assists by providing stability and knee compression, which helps to prevent aggravating an existing injury and may help to speed up recovery. Knee braces are indicated when nursing an injury or participating in contact sports with a high risk of injury.
Regardless of which style of brace you choose, you will also have different levels of compression to select from. The pressure helps to inhibit blood clots and can help facilitate recovery by dilating the blood vessels, which encourages blood flow.
We offer different types of knee braces suitable for different situations. To simplify your selection process, we give each brace a protection rating that ranges from level one to level three. The lower levels of protection favor freedom of movement over stability and are indicated for less serious injuries. Our level three braces are a bit more restrictive, bringing greater stability. These braces are more useful while nursing a serious injury or recovering from surgery.
Braces with an open patella area allow relief of knee pressure and patellar support with proper movement and tracking. Closed patella braces, on the other hand, offer the same compression at the kneecap as the rest of the knee and provide additional support.
Knee Support w/Sorbothane Pad
Knee Support w/Stays & Cross Straps
Bio-Logix™ Knee Brace
Our knee sleeves are the most conservative brace we offer. The sleeves are easy to slip on and off and can be worn under clothing. Make sure to size your sleeve so that it fits snugly. The main benefit of the sleeves is the compression they provide, so sizing up is not recommended here. You would use these sleeves if you’re dealing with mild knee pain or arthritis.
Wraparound or dual-wrap braces work well for athletes experiencing mild to moderate knee pain. They provide more support than sleeves, yet are a bit more restrictive. These braces are easy to put on and take off and can be used while training.
Hinged knee braces are often used post-surgery for patients and athletes who need a higher level of protection and support. The hinges keep your knee in the proper alignment when it bends, helping the joint to heal and avoid further injuries. Your doctor may recommend a hinged knee brace immediately after surgery and then a soft brace when you’ve reached a certain point in the healing process. Hinged braces are either rigid or soft, with the soft option providing less support than the rigid braces.
Hinged knee braces can work well as a prophylactic, too. Turn on any professional football game, and you’ll see multiple lineman wearing hinged knee braces. These pros use knee braces because of the physical nature of their position and the risk they take of blows to the knees.
Are you a dedicated runner who suffers from pain due to runner’s knee or jumper’s knee? A knee strap is another solution we offer that is perfect for those conditions. Knee straps can fit under clothing and are very easy to put on and take off. They are very effective at treating pain at the patella with knee compression.
With so many options, choosing the right brace can feel like a challenge. Try to focus on your symptoms and the level of support you need. If you are seeing a doctor, always make sure to consult with them on which brace will accommodate your unique needs.