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Selecting a knee support can be challenging, with so many different options available and so many different terms used to describe what seem to be the same products. At the Össur Webshop we try to make things simple so that you can select the brace you need fast and then get back to what you enjoy most. On the left hand side of the screen we have a list of filters which allow you to refine your choice by the type of brace you need or the injury you wish to manage.
If you still can’t find what you’re looking for then you can chat to a member of our team who will be happy to help and guide you.
A knee support is worn to relieve pain experienced by those suffering from injuries. A knee support may also be worn to provide support to wearers who may be experiencing weakness during recovery or management of injuries or even degenerative conditions. It can help with normal day to day activities that have become problematic due to pain or discomfort such as climbing the stairs, going for walks, regular exercise or even simply sitting or standing. They can also help control swelling.
The type of knee injury sustained and its severity will influence the level of support your knee support needs to offer but here’s an idea of what to look out for.
Low: A knee support offering a low level of support is normally designed to offer compression to help manage inflammation. Some options include straps to offer an additional level of compression and a mild degree of support however in all cases they do not include hinges.
Moderate: Where there is instability following knee ligament damage a moderate level of support may be required to help offer both compression and stability when mobile. The straps work to hold the knee and prevent movements which would stretch the damaged ligament.
High: A high level of support is required following a serious knee injury, where there is a degenerative condition such as osteoarthritis or to protect the joint when taking part in extreme sports. These braces use superior hinges to offer both stability and compression. In the case of extreme sports they are manufactured from carbon fibre to offer protection against impact.
Knee Support: As the name suggests it’s all about supporting the knee joint. Can also be referred to as a hinged knee support where the hinges help to offer stability in addition to compression. The straps of a knee support work as external ligaments to help control the joint when in motion. Popular materials include elastic, neoprene and in recent years 3D knits with the latter better designed to help manage moisture (which can result in the brace slipping and not supporting the area you need it to support).
Knee Brace: Often seen as a more clinical term for post operative bracing or for prophylactic (injury prevention) products. An example of this would be the CTi Knee Brace which is manufactured from carbon fibre to help offer stability whilst protecting against impact damage which could result in further complications to the knee joint.
Knee Splint: Can also be referred to as a knee stabiliser which prevents the joint from moving altogether or beyond a specific range of motion. Typically worn post surgery where too much bending / stretching of the joint can undo all the hard work of the surgeon.
Patella Support: The patella is the clinical term for ‘knee cap’ and is associated with a number of knee injuries. This type of support normally includes a buttress or donut which sits around the patella to keep it in place and apply compression. Some products even have a strap to pull to essentially strap the patella in place.
Knee Sleeves: A sleeve is a product which is pulled over the knee. Often referred to as a compression knee sleeve it’s designed to manage inflammation which in turn can reduce pain. Some variations of the product include hinges which can help with stability i.e. where there is ligament damage in the joint.
Knee pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal complaints. It may be an acute injury caused by a sudden impact or twisting during sport. Or it may be general wear and tear of the joint that comes with age. Whatever the cause, knee pain can have a serious effect on your health and wellbeing. Knee supports help to control the joint and offer compression of the area to provide pain relief and confidence to the user. A knee support can range in sophistication depending on its indication, varying from compressive sleeves to hinged braces that biomechanically alter the joint as a solution for the symptoms of knee osteoarthritis.
For more information on finding the source of your pain visit our knee injuries section.
If you’re still unsure then contact us and we can help you out.