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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. A knee support 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.
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We offer knee sleeves that are able to provide the knee support following minor sprains and strains, braces with hinges to offer stability for more serious sprains and tears to ligaments and even braces to control and even prevent range of motion. Our knee braces are all NHS recommended.
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 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.