What Knee Brace is Right for Me?

reaction knee brace
By Fara Rosenzweig

From ACL to LCL instabilities to patella and arthritis pain, there are a number of knee injuries that can sideline your training and daily activities. However, there are a variety of braces to choose from that can help you recover quickly and prevent re-injury to the knee, whether it be for sports, daily functions, pain reduction or post-surgery.



A hinged brace is ideal for athletes who need protection and stabilization post-surgery, ACL, MCL or PCL injuries. A bad twist, poor knee to ankle alignment, or wrong way to land are common ways athletes sustain ligament injuries. A hinged brace offers protection to the athlete's knee, delivering support and stability to heal quickly. Hinges can prevent hyperextension of the knee and offers protection of the ACL, and other ligament injuries, to athletes who don't want to lose speed by weighing themselves down with a heavy brace.

Hinged knee braces come in two forms: rigid and soft hinged. Soft hinged knee braces are ideal for mild to moderate support whereas rigid hinged knee braces are ideal for moderate to maximum support and offer better protection and stability for contact-sports.

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compression sleeve


For mild to moderate chronic knee pain and arthritis can be minimized with sleeves and compression braces. These support braces redistribute the weight-bearing load and increases the ability to perform your best during training and sports, helping decrease pain from day-to-day movement, which is no small feat. Can fit under clothing for daily comfort.

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wraparound knee brace


Wraparound styles for athletes provide bracing solutions for mild to moderate knee pain, patellar instabilities and dislocation. Simple and easy to put on and off, allow you to customize the fit for comfort and knee protection. Wrap-style bracing can be worn during activity allowing you to focus on your performance without all the bulk.

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knee straps


Help ease runner's knee pain, patellar tendonitis (jumper's knee) or acute knee pain with strap and band bracing. These are designed to apply a comfortable, effective pressure on the knee to help alleviate pain. Simple to wear (fits under clothing), and easy to put on, straps can be worn during daily activities and sports.

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defiance custom brace

Custom Knee Braces

Custom knee braces are ideal for those looking for a knee brace. Measurements of your knee will be taken and a custom brace will be created for you. We offer custom knee braces available for contact and non-contact sports.

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Need More Help?

Our bracing experts will help you identify the best brace from our bracing collection, whether you need support for preventative care, daily use or sports. Shop our Knee Braces or check out our Brace Advisor for a shopping guide.

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