Buying your first knee brace can be a daunting prospect. With so many different shapes and sizes, levels of support and types depending on specific injury, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. This guide is here to help those first time buyers giving you confidence before you purchase and help you get the right brace first time.
Type of Knee Injury
Before you decide which knee brace is right for you, you need to ensure you know exactly what injury you have. If you are unsure of your injury, you should always seek medical advice. Purchasing a knee brace which isn’t designed to deal with your particular injury can be dangerous and can cause further complications and usually more damage than good. Once you have a thorough diagnosis you can begin looking for a brace which deals with that particular injury. There are many on the market which are designed for specific injuries such as ACL braces, Arthritis braces, Post-surgery braces etc. which have certain features and fittings to add support and relieve pressure from particular areas of the knee.
Level of Support for your knee and Planned Activity
The level of support is crucial. Often some injuries require more support than others for example a post-surgery brace will require a lot of support to stabilise the knee whereas less serious injuries such as patella tendonitis or simply a mild ache in the knee will only require a low level support which will still allow flexibility of the knee without too much restriction. The type of activity that you plan to undergo is also an important consideration, for example a runner with only a mild knee injury may only need a low level support that will allow them to continue with their sport without too much restriction but whilst still offering pain and pressure relief from the injury. Equally if a patient requires a period of rest with minimal movement of the knee, a higher supporting brace will be required to ensure the injury is immobilised. Patients may also want to change between braces as the progress of the injury changes for example they may begin with an ultimate support brace when their injury first occurs and then decrease the level of support as they begin rehabilitation and returning back to sport.
Knee Brace Sizing
The majority of knee braces will have a sizing guide however you should always ensure you measure your leg and knee or any other area the brace will sit rather than guessing to ensure you get the size right. Wearing an ill-fitting brace can again cause more damage than good while a tight brace may place too much pressure on the injury and restrict the area causing discomfort whereas a brace that is too large will not offer the support needed which may lead to further damage to the injury when undergoing activity. If you find that your measurements are above or below average proportions you should call us to discuss which brace and size you should get.
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