What is a Knee Brace?
A knee brace is a supportive device, used when the knee is hurt or injured. It is also used to prevent injuries while playing sports. Knee braces are usually made of metal, foam, plastic, plastic, and straps. Knee braces come in a variety of sizes, colors, and designs.
Knee brace, in fact, sparks controversy among doctors. Some doctors recommend wearing a brace for knee pain, while others claim it may do more harm than good. Since scientific research has not produced a definitive response, it is recommended that you always consult with your doctor what works best for you.
How many types of knee braces are there, and how do they work?
There are 4 main types:
• Prophylactic brace: A brace that protects the knee from injury in contact sports such as rugby and soccer. They have become more popular among athletes recently. Research has not got the evidence for its benefits yet, but studies are ongoing.
• Functional brace: A type of knee brace that has been injured. The athletes usually apply them after having recovered from a major injury. To prevent any further injury, they stabilize the knee and control motion.
• Rehabilitative brace: A type of brace that helps to limit the movements that cause damage to the knee during recovery from injury or after surgery.
• Pressure relief brace (unloader/offloader): A brace designed to help relieve pain for people with arthritis. They help move the weight (“unload” it) from the injured knee area to a stronger area.
Are these knee braces effective?
Probably yes. The companies that make these braces think their products are effective. However, scientific studies are not yet unanimous on this. Therefore, it is still not clear what these types of braces actually work well. They often work better in the laboratory than in reality.
Typically, functional brace, rehabilitative brace, and unloader brace are the most effective braces. They have a more pronounced effect on some people. Many believe that the brace can increase the number of knee injuries for athletes. However, in general, most users feel that the knee brace is effective. Doctors are still trying to figure out if the knee braces actually works and in which case it should be used. Get help from your doctor to see if you should get a knee brace.
When to use knee brace?
Different knee problems need different types of braces. Your doctor may suggest using a suitable brace after knee surgery. Some doctors may help you choose a knee brace instead of surgery to treat a torn ligament. If exercises to help increase strength or flexibility dont work, a knee brace should be put on consideration. Knee braces do not seem to be effective in preventing knee injuries, so you should consult your doctor if you want to use it.
How to buy a knee brace?
There are many types of knee braces. Shops specializing in the sale of medical equipment often sell knee braces. Some people also order directly from manufacturers or on the internet. Your doctor is a good advisor and may know of the best brace with the correct size that works for you as well as where it is sold.
There are knee braces that cost hundreds of dollars. There are also some insurance companies that cover the cost of buying a knee brace. Just remember, the most expensive brace isnt always the best one.
How to use knee brace?
When playing sports, you should use the knee braces as directed by the doctor. When using a brace, care should be taken that the hinge is aligned with the area where the knee bends up and down. Ligaments and bandages need to be tied tightly around the foot. During activities, you should check the placement of the brace to make sure that it hasnt moved. If the brace is in the wrong position, it can do more harm than good.
In order to ensure that the brace is working correctly, it is necessary to wear the brace all the time when you are performing movements that pose a risk of injury to the knee. Note that, it is necessary to warm up properly before playing any sports.
What to do to care for the knee brace?
Knee braces are often get damaged after a period of use. Your brace should be checked regularly for wear and tear. It is also recommended to wash the brace regularly with soap and water.
Cover any exposed metal so it wont scratch you or injure anyone else. An old brace should be replaced to ensure the best use of the brace. Braces made of durable materials may be more expensive yet last longer.
If you already wear a brace, do you need to practice leg training too?
Knee braces are not the most important factor in preventing injury or for rehabilitation after injury. Even if you wear a brace, you may still have a knee injury. Good strength and flexibility matter a lot more. It would help if you concentrated on stretching your knee muscles, your leg, and improving your techniques.
Little by little, make increases in activity intensity or workout schedules to reduce knee tension. Work with your doctor to get the best program for you. Knee braces are more beneficial to someone than others. If you feel that it work well for you, you can use it. Yet dont let a brace turn into “crutch.”