Whether you are a young athlete or you are simply getting older, your knees will take the brunt of the force needed to walk. The more active you are, the higher the chance of an injury occurring. A simple task, such as going down the stairs to the complicated ones like running, hiking in rugged terrains, badlands and mountain, to working out in gym doing lunges, you will quickly develop knee pain without a proper knee support. Check out the best knee brace out there in the market which can come to your rescue for your fitness needs.
What is knee brace?
A knee brace is typically designed to help support your knee and keep it as strong as possible regardless of the source of knee problem.
A knee brace in a short term is particularly used for preventive reasons if you are prone to knee injuries, and for a long term can be used to help heal a knee injury. Knee braces also comes in many different shapes and sizes depending on the individual’s needs. A knee brace can help with arthritis, muscle problems, acute injuries, and even chronic knee pains.
Moreover, it is very simple to put on and can be covered by pants/trousers.
Advantages of knee brace
There is a common belief that people who have knee injuries or waiting for knee replacement are the only ones required to have a knee brace. However, this is so untrue. You don’t necessarily need to be on a health issue before you get one. Below are some of the advantages of a knee brace to end-users
• It helps to reduce pain, soreness, and swelling caused as a result of performing an activity such as playing football
• It also aids in blood flow around the knee and helps in speedy recovery
• It can particularly be used by someone who has undergone surgery or knee replacement alongside a rehabilitation exercise or routine
When to use knee brace?
In general, you can wear a knee brace once you start to experience knee pain or want to prevent a previous knee injury. A knee support can be worn during rehabilitation period like post ACL surgery. It’s best to consult with your primary caregiver about when to wear a knee brace.
Some things to consider while buying a good knee support
- Lightweight and comfortable to wear
- It does not slip
- Feels durable
- Not having an itchy or irritating effect
- Easy to get on and off
Specially recommended for
- Regular runner who runs on any kind of terrain
- Someone who has undergone ACL tear/ surgery
- Gym goers and heavy lifters
- Mountain hikers and bike riders
Top 3 knee injuries
Generally the knee joint is complex and made of many muscles and ligaments, which can make it vulnerable to an array of injuries. These knee problems can happen to anyone at any age during any activity. From participating in activity to getting up from the couch or walking, knee injuries can have a big impact on your day-to-day. While wear and tear to the knee happens over time, ligament damage tends to occur from a sudden twist or reactive movement-especially in sports. Here are three common knee injuries, and how knee braces can help to manage the symptoms.
The meniscus is piece of cartilage that acts like a pad between your femur or thigh bone and tibia or shin bone. A wrong twist can easily injury the C-shape cartilage which can be a partial or total tear. If you experience a small meniscus tear, then the meniscus stays connected to the front and back of the knee. If you have a total tear, then the meniscus may be left hanging by a thread of cartilage. Depending on the size of the tear and location of the tear, we can determine the seriousness of it.
ACL (ANTERIOR CRUCIATE LIGAMENT) INJURY
An ACL tear or sprain is most common during sports that involve sudden stops or change in direction, jumping and landing (such as soccer, basketball, football or downhill skiing). Many athletes hear or feel a “pop” in the knee when an ACL injury occurs. In these types of cases mostly your knee may swell, become unstable and painful to bear large weight.
A hyperextended knee normally occurs when the knee is pushed beyond its normal range of motion to bending too far back in the wrong direction. While mild knee hyperextension may feel sore and uncomfortable-and can take 2 to 4 weeks to heal but a serious knee hyperextension can cause damage to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and cartilage injuries in the knee, which may require surgery.
Consult your physician if you have experienced any of the above knee injuries. Your doctor will be able to advise you on the best treatment, benefits of using a knee brace, and may prescribe physical therapy exercises to help you recover.