Knee Braces…which one is right for me?

Knee Braces
Knee Braces

There are a variety of knee braces, sleeves, and supports for you to choose from.  At the most basic level they all serve the same purpose by providing support to your knee.  That being said, when it comes to knee braces there is no need to go for a “one-size-fits-all” approach.  There are many knee braces with features that are designed to better help alleviate the pain from the injury or condition that plagues you.

  • Knee Sleeves. Ideal for those who suffer from mild knee pain or want extra protection for daily activities.
  • Soft Hinged Knee Braces. If you suffer from moderate pain as a result of ligament injuries, meniscus tears, and sprains, try a soft hinged knee brace.
  • Rigid Hinged Knee Braces. Worn by many collegiate and professional athletes, a rigid hinged knee brace provides maximum support for anyone suffering from ligament injuries or recovering from surgery.
  • Patella Stabilizing Knee Braces. Provides extra patella support for those suffering from patella related conditions and injuries.
  • Patella Bands and Straps. These bands and straps help relieve symptoms of patellofemoral pain (runner’s knee) and Osgood-Schlatter disease.
  • Arthritis Knee Braces. For people suffering from arthritis there are multiple knee braces that can help alleviate the painful symptoms of arthritis and enable you to go about your daily activities.
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Collegiate athletes rely on DonJoy Knee Braces

DonJoy Knee Braces
DonJoy Knee Braces

Collegiate athletes recognize the importance of keeping themselves healthy and avoiding injuries. After all one bad injury can take them out for the season, as well as ruin their chances of a professional career. Due to the proven success of DonJoy braces, athletes and their trainers are turning to DonJoy knee braces to prevent injuries before they occur. In fact 22 of the AP Top 25 College Football Teams wear Donjoy.

Here’s what some of the athletic trainers for these schools have to say about DonJoy knee braces

“Our offensive line coach has called the knee braces career savers…after reviewing film of practices he has noted on several occasions that serious knee injuries were avoided because of the brace. I know that we have decreased the number and severity of knee injuries to offensive linemen due to the prophylactic bracing.”
– Scott Oliaro, MA, ATC-L
Kenan Football Sports Medicine Supervisor, University of North Carolina

“Athletes have told me that they feel they might have been on a surgical table many times with an ACL injury if it wasn’t for the braces. Our athletes accept wearing them: they see the results”.
– Russ Haynes, MS, ATC, LAT
Associate Director of Athletic Training Services, University of Iowa

“The cost-to-benefit ratio is significant when you look at costs of braces vs. the loss of patient participation time, loss in production, quality of life, surgical expenses, etc.”
– Rod Walters, DA, ATC
Director of Sports Medicine and Associate AD, University of South Carolina

“Prior to bracing our offensive linemen, at least one starting offensive linemen had missed games every season for the previous five years due to knee injuries. As often as they wear their helmets, they wear their knee braces. It is an investment that is well worth it.”
– Barney Graff, ATC
Head Football and Wrestling Athletic Trainer, Oregon State University

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A common knee injury – kneecap (patella) dislocations

Common Knee Injuries - Dislocated Kneecap
Common Knee Injuries - Dislocated Kneecap

Dislocations of the kneecap (patella) can be extremely painful.  Often occurring after a trauma, a dislocated kneecap happens when the kneecap comes off its groove at the end of the thigh bone.  Wearing a brace can help you avoid or recover from this painful knee injury.  Check out our article on the best knee braces for preventing dislocations of the kneecap.