- Knee Braces
Knee braces are used to support or align the knee due to a strain or injury, osteoarthritis conditions, or post operative for support or immobilization while the knee heals. You can choose from a wide variety of knee braces but should consider some important factors first, before you purchase your knee brace..
- What injury or strain are you suffering with that requires the usage of a knee brace?
- Do you need a knee immobilizer or a functional knee brace?
- Will you be wearing your knee brace while you play sports in order to prevent injury or reduce your risk of further injury?
- How mobile will you be while wearing the brace?
- Do you have an enlarged patella, calves, or thighs?
These are just the basic questions to get you started when purchasing a knee brace. There are many other factors that will ultimately play a role in your decision when choosing the right knee brace for you, so to help you find the perfect knee brace for your needs, keep reading to learn more about the many different types of knee braces that we offer at CSA Medical Supply .
ACL and PCL Knee Braces
Braces for ACL (Anterior cruciate ligament) and PCL (Posterior cruciate ligament) injuries serve both functional and prophylactic purposes. They help both the instability of the knee due to an injury or surgery on either of the ligaments, as well as the prevention of further injury or damage of the ACL or PCL, when sprained. There are 3 main categories of ACL/PCL knee braces:
- ACL Sports Knee Braces
- Torn ACL Treatment Knee Braces
- Orthotic Treatment for Torn ACL Brace
ACL/PCL braces typically extend from the mid-thigh to below the knee. They wor by supporting the knee so that less pressure and wear is put on the ligaments by creating a sturdy frame around the knee. Most knee braces for ACL or PCL surgery patients are adjustable to allow for swelling and muscle changes, such as muscle building from therapy or muscle wasting from lack of motion. You or your physician can adjust the brace for a personal fit over time as you wear it.
Osteoarthritis Knee Braces
Osteoarthritis in knees can be a very painful making it difficult to stand, walk or bear weight on your leg. Many osteoarthritic patients experience bone-on-bone friction pain and need considerable support of the knee for mobility. OA knee braces give you the support while preventing bone-on-bone friction to reduce pain and discomfort by reducing pressure in the knee joint. They are light weight and adjustable, and can help reduce the need for pain medication or even postpone surgery when worn on a regular basis.
Post-Op Knee Braces
Post op knee braces are designed with a telescoping design to be comfortable and supportive of the knee while giving allowing range of motion with protective measures. You will be able to use your knee without over-extension or flexion of the ligaments and muscles. These braces fit both right and left leg and are well padded for ultimate comfort.
Hinged Knee Brace
Hinged knee braces are an excellent way to get support and comfort for your knee due to pain and discomfort. The open wrap style allows you fit according to your comfort level adjust the amount of extension you get with the knee from a 0 degree extension to 15, 30, or even 60 degree extension. Hinged knee braces work best for those who have suffered from meniscal damage and medial or lateral collateral ligament strain or injury.
Hinged knee braces have the potential to slip or move and can get uncomfortable on the skin or knee. Knee sleeves slide on over the knee and under the hinged brace to help keep your brace in place and your knee comfortable. The outer material is cotton/lycra for non-slippage, while the lining against the skin is Neoprene – a breathable material that allows your skin to stay cool and comfortable.
Choosing the right brace is very important in the protection of, and recovery of your knee injury or surgery. For knee surgery patients, your doctor may give you a written order for a specific type of knee brace for you or your loved one’s particular condition. Be sure to talk to your doctor before purchasing a knee brace after surgery so that you are sure you’re getting the best brace that will offer protection for your knee, and help your knee heal.