A knee brace is a supportive garment primarily worn to prevent from enduring a knee-related injury, as well as aid in the healing process of an existing knee injury. Knee braces come in various designs, sizes, and colors and are made up of different combinations of elastic, plastic, foam, and metallic materials.
Knee braces work by supporting the ligaments of the knee and controlling certain movements to provide protection against excessive or abnormal knee movements. It also applies a degree of compression to keep the knee within a fixed position as to aid in preventing a knee injury from occurring.
Knee braces are worn for a variety of reasons and there are many knee braces available to the public that are customized to cater to the specified reason for needing to wear a knee brace. Knee braces typically fall into one of four different categories, which include functional braces, prophylactic braces, unloader braces and rehabilitative braces.
Based on a recommendation made by your doctor upon examining your knee, they will decide what kind of knee brace that you should wear for your specific condition.
The specifications of the four types of knee braces are as follows:
So if you are an athlete, or someone who participates in some form of high-intensity physical activity on a regular basis, then wearing a knee brace may be very beneficial for you. By wearing a knee brace, you optimizing your chances of never having to endure the pain and/or additional complications associated with mild-to-highly severe knee injuries.