Best Knee Brace for Meniscus Tears
Maximum protection and support for your meniscus
The best brace for your meniscus injury depends on the severity of the tear and the desired function of the knee brace. Our bracing experts have outlined the best brace for your meniscus based on whether you are looking for a brace for prevention, post-op, daily wear and severity of injury.
The DonJoy Deluxe Knee Hinged Brace is the best knee brace for those looking to prevent menisci injury by stabilizing the knee, those who already have a mild to moderate meniscus injury, and those looking for a daily wear knee brace to support the meniscus.
- Ideal for Partial Meniscus Tears: If you find yourself with a swollen and aggravated knee after sudden twisting or impact, you may have partially torn your meniscus. The DonJoy Deluxe Hinged knee brace provides mild to moderate medial/lateral support and compression to fully surround the meniscus and protect it.
- You're Less Likely to Suffer from a Meniscus Tear: With two sturdy aluminium uprights and bilateral hinges to provide additional support, the Deluxe Hinged brace is ideal for contact sports.
- Ideal for daily wear: Thigh and calf straps provide added compression to fully support the meniscus throughout the day. The option of Neoprene or Drytex knit allows for you to experience maximum comfort and stability for your knee daily.
About Meniscus Tears
Meniscus tears can occur when you turn quickly or twist your knee with a lot of force. Weightlifting, squats, high-impact sports or other weight-bearing exercises can also partially tear your meniscus. Over time, the meniscus experiences a lot of wear and tear and can get worn out leading to a meniscus injury. Osteoarthritis can also increase your chances of hurting your menisci.
The Best Knee Brace for Full Blown Meniscus Tears
A full blown tear means that the part of the meniscus has completely detached and moved into the joint space. This can cause your knee to lock, be very stiff, and pop. With a severe meniscus tear, you will need surgery to sew the tear together. If this cannot be done, a partial meniscectomy will be done to remove the torn menisci. In extreme cases, it may be recommended to completely remove the meniscus. In both cases where the meniscus is partially or completely removed, your joint will now be rubbing bone on bone which increases your risk of osteoarthritis in the knee.
In the case that surgery is needed to repair the tear, the best knee brace to support your meniscus post-op is the DonJoy OA Reaction Web knee brace. The OA Reaction Web is an offloader and helps alleviate knee pain caused by osteoarthritis. Its unique design is lightweight and low-profile, ideal to keep you moving post-injury. For a fully removed meniscus, the best offloader knee brace to support your knee is the DonJoy OA Nano. The OA Nano is revolutionary in weight and profile, known as the world’s lightest OA knee brace. This top OA brace has been clinically proven to help shift pain away from the damaged knee with DonJoy’s Adjusted technology.
Taking the effort to protect your knee from meniscus injuries with a brace is the best way to prevent injury. Fully understanding the extent of your injury and selecting the correct brace is important for fully recovering from a torn meniscus.