​Different Types of Knee Braces

Active individuals need to protect their joints to stay mobile and injury-free. Studies report that a whopping 2.5 million people check into an emergency room with knee injuries each year. The majority of these injuries happen during participation in sports like basketball and football. If you play sports regularly, you should definitely pick up a knee brace for the added support and stability they provide.

Do your knees feel unstable? Do you run a few miles a week and have sore joints? You don’t have to suffer. Our line of knee braces provides maximum support where you need it. A good brace will transfer the load off your lower limb to your upper thigh, which helps to relieve pain in the knee because the upper thigh is a much larger and stronger muscle group.

To best suit a range of athletic needs, we offer different levels of protection and support. Our braces offer three different levels of support, from lower levels of soft braces to the level-three braces made of a non-flexible material for the most support.

Some users have reported that before purchasing and using our braces, their injuries were preventing them from participating in their sport regularly. Keep in mind that after most major injuries or surgeries, your doctor will recommend physical therapy. This is because your muscles contract during exercise, putting pressure on your lymph vessels to help fluid move through the vessels and reduce swelling. The contractions also help bring blood flow and nutrients to the area to speed recovery. If you have been injured and stopped all physical activity, you have done yourself a disservice.

Check out our different types of knee braces, find the right one for you, and get back in action!

Level One Braces – Primary Protection

Our Level One products help to relieve minor pain and promote healing of tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis and ligament instabilities. These are soft braces, such as knee sleeves, made of flexible materials that include nylon and spandex. These braces offer the highest range of motion and are a great choice for conditions like runner’s knee, which causes pain around or underneath the kneecap. Our Level One knee sleeves also include reflective material to help increase visibility in low-light situations.

The Level One braces bring support and compression to the area. Studies show that adding compression increases circulation, which may help heal injured tissues. Adding compression also serves to reduce the pain in your joints so that you can focus on your performance, not your aching knees.

Compression sleeves can help with nonspecific knee issues like swelling. If you want to stay in the game, do your best to minimize swelling as it can inhibit the healing process. Fortunately, compression gear can combat swelling and speed your recovery.

Many of our users report that our level-one braces offer long-lasting compression and pain relief that allows them to continue participating in their sport.

McDavid Level 1 Knee Sleeve

Knee Sleeve



Level Two Braces – Advanced Protection

While level one braces are generally soft sleeves, Level Two braces offer a bit more support with adjustable straps that allow the wearer to customize their level of compression. These braces offer similar benefits to level-one braces with a bit more stability.

These former braces offer moderate knee support that helps relieve pain from cartilage (meniscus) injuries and may assist in recovery. They are constructed with latex-free neoprene, a very high-quality and durable material. The adjustable straps allow the wearer to find the perfect fit and can accommodate fluctuations in weight, allowing you to gain weight or drop weight and still be able to use the same brace. If you’re looking for an adjustable knee support, these are a great choice.

McDavid Level 2 Knee Support

Knee Support w/Stays & Cross Straps



Level Three Braces – Maximum Protection

Are your knees feeling unstable? We have just the right brace for you. Our Level Three braces offer high-level support by improving medial and lateral stability, which helps reduce injury and assist recovery. These braces are built with bilateral geared polycentric hinges for stability and free movement.

Level Three braces offer the maximum amount of support and can be combined with a knee sleeve for added compression.

Many of our users report that a level-three brace negated their pain while wearing it and allowed them to play harder. Studies have also proven that wearing hinged braces while landing from a jump can lessen ground reactive forces, which helps to protect your joints.

Don’t get stuck on the sidelines! Check out our variety of braces and get back in the game.

McDavid Level 3 Knee Brace

Knee Brace w/Dual Disk Hinges



​Can Knee Braces Help You Recover from a Torn Meniscus Injury?

Did you tear a meniscus recently? You are not alone. Meniscus tears are a very common injury in sports. The Mayo Clinic states that there are over 200,000 cases of a torn meniscus each year in the United States. Your meniscus is a rubbery cartilage situated between your shin bone and your thigh bone which acts like a cushion. The meniscus can tear with forceful twisting or rotation of the knee, movements that are common to sports. A torn meniscus will cause pain, swelling and may prevent you from fully extending your knee.

Fortunately, in most cases, the injury can heal within months. Surgery is rarely required–only in the most severe cases. Aside from surgery, less invasive treatments can help as well, including rest, ice, pain relievers and physical therapy. After a meniscus tear, you’re also going to want to start researching quality knee braces. Knee braces may help you to recover from a torn meniscus injury and prevent aggravating an existing condition. Let’s delve into how a knee brace can help you recover from a torn meniscus.

Providing Stability

Our joints and muscles are all connected. An injury in one area can lead to issues in other nearby muscles or joints. A meniscus tear can cause instability, which needs to be corrected as soon as possible. An unstable joint can lead to damage in other joints, as other muscles will overcompensate to pick up the slack by the affected area.

Wearing a rehabilitative knee brace will help the user recover from a torn meniscus by providing stability to the joint and preventing the wearer from aggravating the injury even further. Knee braces with hinges on either side of the knee offer protection and prevent that wobbly feeling you may get after a knee injury.

Preventing Hyperextension

A knee brace will prevent the user from extending the knee beyond their normal range of motion. One of the most common causes of a torn meniscus is hyperextension at the knee.

Increased Confidence

A meniscal tear is often rehabilitated with physical therapy. After a person suffers an injury to the knee, they may feel intimidated at the thought of bearing weight or performing exercises on it. Wearing a knee brace can help increase their confidence and give them the push they need to execute their therapy program and get back on the road to recovery.

Pain Relief

A well-constructed knee brace will have an unloading effect on the wearer’s knee. The brace reduces the direct pressure from your upper leg on your meniscus, which results in pain relief. When you have less pain, it is more likely that you will be more active and stick to your physical therapy program.

Increased Circulation

Knee braces add pressure to the affected area, which encourages greater circulation. Blood flow to the area brings oxygen and fresh nutrients which speed recovery. Research shows that about 30% of the meniscus (the outer portion) has its own blood supply.

The rest of the meniscus receives its nutrition from the synovial fluid in your joint capsule. The nutrients in the synovial fluid diffuse to the meniscus through movement. Keep in mind one of the main benefits of knee braces is that they help you stay active, which is a major part of recovery.

After tearing your meniscus, you will have to rest for the first few days following the injury. Once the majority of the swelling goes down, the focus will be on regaining the strength in your affected thigh. Quadriceps strength is important here because it controls extension of the knee. When you start your physical therapy program, your muscles will become sore. Wearing a knee brace will help you reduce the soreness and recover more quickly due to the increase in circulation. Faster recovery will lead to greater progress throughout your program, as your muscles will adapt more quickly to the demands you place upon it.

Potentially Avoiding Surgery

Please keep in mind that if you have any symptoms of a meniscus tear but you are not completely sure that’s the case, check with your doctor for the proper diagnosis. A conservative physician will opt out of surgery and attempt to have you rehabilitate your knee by wearing a knee brace and partaking in a physical therapy program. The right knee brace can help you avoid surgery and potentially thousands of dollars in medical bills.

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