Knee Supports & Braces
Knee supports and braces can be used following knee surgery, for sports & running, and during knee rehabilitation. These products can help to provide stability and support following knee injuries such as an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture, torn knee cartilage, a sprained medial knee ligament, a posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) rupture, patella tendonitis, knee arthritis and runners knee.
We have a range of sports knee supports that are suitable for football (soccer), rugby, running, martial arts, basketball and netball. These braces are suitable for all knee ligament injuries and meniscus tears, so be sure to take a look at our range of Sports Knee Supports today!
Alternatively if you are looking for a product that can help you with the prevention and rehabilitation of ACL and other knee ligament injuries, then look no further than our range of Hinged Knee Braces .
Or if you are struggling to find the support and brace that you need within this section, your desired product may be within our main Supports & Braces section.
What is the best knee support?
Of course, all knee supports and braces are different, therefore there isn’t one standalone knee support that is regarded as ‘the best’. Each knee support/brace that we offer here at Physio Products Kenya will be suited to a specific knee injury, however one knee support that is massively popular is our very own Hinged Knee Brace.
The Hinged Knee Brace from Physio Products Kenya is ideal for both recovering from medial collateral ligament injuries (MCL) and lateral collateral ligament injuries (LCL). It can also be used to support arthritic knee joints. Also, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries may get more support from the elite Physio Products Kenya Hinged Knee Brace due to the configuration of its straps. To learn more about this highly popular product, check out the Physio Products Kenya Hinged Knee Brace today.
It must be noted that complete ruptures of the ACL and Posterior cruciate ligament will require a postoperative brace initially.
Are knee supports effective?
The effectiveness of a knee support completely depends on the type of knee injury that you have sustained, and whether or not you have the correct support for the problem. The evidence from the use of knee supports is inconclusive and larger, higher quality studies are needed. There is however strong evidence for the use of graded loading and strengthening exercises in the pain management of a variety of knee conditions (including arthritis).
A knee support will be used as an aid in the management of your condition. It is hoped that the support and confidence that it provides you, will enable you to keep active and commence strengthening exercises for your knee. In acute injuries you will usually start with a supportive hinged brace and then gradually wean down to an unhinged brace or compression sleeve.
Do knee sleeves work?
As knee sleeves provide valuable compression, the pain and swelling in the knee can be substantially reduced when wearing a knee sleeve in conjunction with gentle exercise. However, if you are looking for a product that can help protect and provide stability for a previous knee injury that you have sustained, you will need a knee support or brace.
What are knee supports used for?
Knee supports are designed to offer different levels of support and can be found in all different shapes and sizes. Some supports are made of Neoprene and offer additional support and breathability whilst playing sports, whereas others like the Donjoy Armor Forcepoint offer protection after specific ligament injuries such as ACL or PCL damage.
With any knee pain, you should seek an assessment with a Chartered Physiotherapist to identify individual weaknesses or biomechanical issues that could be leading to pain. Strengthening the Gluteal muscles or improving ankle stability can help to address knee pain and improve stability. However, in the meantime wearing a brace can help to protect the knee from further harm and offload the stress it endures in day to day activities. Physio Products Kenya offers a large range of knee supports that can help reduce pain and discomfort from many knee injuries and allow healing to begin.
Can a knee brace help with a meniscus tear?
A torn meniscus can be an extremely painful injury. The meniscus is a semi lunar (moon) shaped piece of cartilage that cushions both the inside and outside aspects of the knee during weight bearing activities. When the meniscus is injured, it can be torn in different ways that can cause different symptoms. Sometimes a partial tear is not too painful, however, a Bucket Handle tear can cause a “flap” of meniscus that may catch at different points in the knee’s range of movement, causing intense pain. Walking up and down stairs can sometimes elicit symptoms. Wearing a knee brace such as; the Neo G Stabilised Open Knee support or McDavid Neoprene support can help to protect the meniscus from further damage and support the structures around the knee to prevent the “giving way” sensation of the knee.
Is it OK to wear a knee support all the time?
If your pain levels allow, it is a good idea to give yourself a break during the day from wearing a knee support. Like any brace, it provides external support that can mean your body becomes reliant on that extra support and if it is worn full-time, the muscles, ligaments and tendons can weaken as a result. To prevent this happening, taking breaks from wearing a brace throughout the day is recommended and unless you’re in excruciating pain at night, it can be taken off in bed and the use of a pillow may be enough to support the leg.
If knee pain persists, it is a good idea to seek an assessment from a Chartered Physiotherapist who can identify individual weaknesses and biomechanical issues that may be leading to knee pain. If the root causes are identified and addressed, the long-term injury risk will be reduced and function much improved.
How can I tell if I tore my MCL?
The Medial Collateral ligament (MCL) is a ligament that runs along the inside of your knee and can be injured with twisting movements that can lead to symptoms of instability, pain and giving way. The best way to diagnose an MCL injury is to seek an assessment by a Chartered Physiotherapist who can perform special tests to diagnose the injury and differentiate the problem from other possible causes. Knee supports such as; Mueller Hinged and Premium Hinged supports can help reinforce and protect the MCL after injury. Depending on the extent of the injury, the ligament may heal without the need for an operation, so using an external support can help to enhance the recovery process by improving circulation, reducing pain and preventing additional load or stress on the ligament.