If you have suffered a knee injury or had surgery on your knee, getting the right support is important to avoid further damage and pain. Overall, there are different types of knee support to help with issues, such as:
- ligament pain and strain
- heel spurs
- knee cap alignment
With many issues come many knee supports, and it’s crucial to get the right one for your particular ailment. With this in mind, continue reading the following guide to gain insight into the different knee support types.
What is Causing Your Knee to Hurt?
To find the right type of knee support for your injury, you must first determine what is causing the issue. Once you have identified what is causing the leg issue, many different options can provide support and help treat injuries or pain in your knee.
Firstly, one of the easiest ways to support and treat painful knees is with an ice injury bed. These beds are plastic or foam mattresses filled with gel packs and can be used to help with pain and inflammation as well as knee ligament exercises.
While ice packs do help, one of the best additional remedies is a knee support – and there are many types available. Some are designed to suit people of different ages, heights, and mobility levels, and others are intended as corrective support for a specific knee injury; for example, there may be a device that can improve the alignment of the kneecap if it has been displaced by excess cartilage formation – although this specific example would require specialist advice and treatment in a physical therapist’s clinic rather than your local pharmacy.
Compression Knee Sleeves
Compression knee sleeves can provide a medium level of knee support. They are made with neoprene material and can be worn under clothing during everyday activities. They help to support your knees by providing compression in the area, which helps reduce pain and swelling. You can also choose a sleeve with an open or closed patella knee support – either style should comfortably fit beneath your clothing.
Knee braces are used to provide support and stability to the knee. There are different types of these braces designed for different purposes, such as arthritis, ligament injuries, patellofemoral pain syndrome, ACL, and patellar tendonitis.
The aim of these braces is to stabilize and strengthen your knee joints during everyday activity. Furthermore, a knee brace is more robust than a sleeve and offers more support, making it ideal when you need support for a major injury – such as a kneecap dislocation.
Knee supports are designed to add pressure to the shin bone (tibia). Adding pressure to the shin bone helps to reduce the pain and inflammation in your knee.
Knee sleeves provide a low level of support to help with muscle strain and pain in the knee area. They are designed with a neoprene fabric that provides compression to the knee and feature an external brace (patella) support, which helps reduce patellar movement during activity.
By understanding what causes your knee injury or pain, you can then find the right type of knee support that will help treat your problem, allowing you to get back on track with your everyday life and sporting activities without any pain or issues in your knees.