The Difference Between Common Types of Knee BracesSufferers of knee pain know: there's no substitute for the right product. The nature of your knee pain will determine which knee brace is right for you, whether the underlying issue is weakness, overuse or injury. There are several types of braces on the market, all of which function slightly differently. Read on to learn more about the most common knee brace options and how these are designed to alleviate your pain.
The Thermoskin compression sleeve can be worn continuously, making it suitable for everyday activities that require a little extra support.
This brace is a great choice for people who have just sustained an injury and have been advised to apply compression, people with mild knee weakness who want to prevent injuries during increased physical activity, and those who suffer from moderate knee pain or weakness on a day-to-day basis.
Because it does not completely restrict movement, the Cooper sleeve can be worn while running or jogging, during hiking or climbing and a variety of other exercises and everyday activities.
It promotes proper patella tracking where there is instability and provides relief for ACL injuries, jumper's knee, runner's knee and knee pain in growing adolescents also known as Osgood-Schlatter Disease.
A knee sleeve such as the Thermoskin padded knee support will provide additional stability and allow the wearer to kneel comfortably on the job site or while completing projects at home. This brace is also ideal for volleyballers.
Thermoskin braces such as this feature a patented material that insulates to keep joints warm while allowing plenty of air circulation. The wicking capabilities of Thermoskin ensure that the brace can be worn comfortably for extended periods of time for continual support and firm, even compression.
Do I want a brace with a closed or open knee?
In your search for the right knee brace, you probably noticed that, unlike the sleeves above, some braces are designed to leave the patella region open. What is the difference?
Closed braces allow the patella to be free, so to speak. This is preferable if you're dealing with pain directly in this region, where any additional pressure could cause discomfort by rubbing or pushing against an underlying injury. In addition, many open patella braces are designed to provide additional stability or restrict range of motion.
Basic Open-Knee Braces
A simple open-knee brace is one that operates just like a sleeve but doesn’t apply any pressure to the
knee cap. A brace such as this is ideal for patellar dislocations, where the kneecap slips out of its normal position; runner's knee, a condition that usually presents with pain at the front of the knee cap; or pain from growth spurts.
A more advanced version of the open-knee sleeve focuses on correcting patellar tracking instability and pain or weakness from temporary patellar dislocation.
Single & Dual Pivot Braces
Pivot hinge braces provide even more support. The single pivot brace provides exceptional bracing to protect the knee. This is necessary when rehabilitating medial or lateral soft tissue injuries as well as ligament injuries including ACL, PCL and Medial Collateral injuries.
A single pivot brace such as this one utilizes a hinge that bends at one point, in order to prevent hyperextension. The patented technology material keeps the area warm to promote healing of soft tissue injuries.
Dual pivot hinges are capable at pivoting at two separate points, providing exceptional and functional mobility while delivering superior support. A brace such as this is suitable for almost all knee instability issues including weakness from medial and lateral injuries, as well as postoperative ligament of meniscus repair.
Because braces with hinges have straps, they are easy for the wearer to fit and adjust.
Range of Motion Braces
These braces offer stabilising support and severely limit the movements of the patella. They are ideal for athletes who commonly suffer from injuries or dislocations, or for anyone recovering from a knee surgery looking to limit movement.
The range of motion brace keeps the patella aligned during day-to-day movements and sports, encouraging normal patella tracking and gait, and limits use of the leg in order to encourage healing.
The range of motion hinge can be set to the required degree of movement quickly and easily. The Thermoskin range of motion brace can be set to zero, 15, 30 or 45 degrees.