There are a lot of Knee Guards on the market and choosing the right knee brace for your needs can become a difficult task, in this article we will help you choose the right knee brace for you, we will see the different categories of Knee Guards, the different materials they are made of and prices.
We will also see the best knee braces for hiking suitable for preventing injuries and post-injury braces suitable for those who have undergone surgery.
You can also click on each specific category to find the list and reviews of the products that we recommend according to your specific case, then we will present you 7 generic knee braces that we have chosen based on feedback received from customers with a short review and the Guide to choosing the right brace with lots of useful information, in-depth resources and exercises for rehabilitation.
To begin with, let’s look at the categories into which knee braces are divided:
By level of support: Knee braces for minor injuries and muscle tears, Knee braces with advanced support for medium injuries, Knee braces after surgery and with maximum support.
For specific conditions: Arthritis, cruciate ligament and meniscus injuries
For style: Elastic straps, side fastening, zippered, Sports Guards, Thermal brace for magnetotherapy, neoprene braces.
Knee braces for pain relief
They are perfect for knees that do not have serious injuries, suitable for those who feel small discomfort and need a low level of support, are easy to wear, just pull them up, the price is low and offer a small level of support.
Knee protectors for medium to serious injuries
In this category we find knee braces of intermediate level, offer a good level of support and prevent the knees from overexertion, are adjustable to fully adapt to the physiognomy of the knee, are comfortable to wear.
Post-operation knee brace
They offer maximum support by preventing involuntary knee failure, they are perfect for those with frequent instability or those who have recently undergone surgery.
General knee braces and knee pads
They are very useful to reduce the pain in the knees and protect them at the same time for those who spend a lot of time on their knees, very useful for those who, because of work, take this position for most of the day.
Knee protectors for specific conditions
These braces limit the movements of the knee to prevent it from overexerting in areas with arthritis problems, offer excellent stability and help to lower the pain, if you have a critical condition and need surgery this brace can help you and delay the operation.
Cruciate ligament injuries
Maximum stability, for those who have suffered a sprain or ligament reconstruction surgery, offer maximum stability by preventing the knee from involuntarily giving way, can also be used as a prevention of this type of injury.
Ideal for minor pain or discomfort, they warm the muscles and compress the affected part to hold it still, they are easy to put on.
Tear-away side fasteners
Through the side closure you can completely adapt to the physiognomy of your knee, you can widen the brace or tighten it at will, very useful in case your knee swells often.
These braces focus on the stability of the knee, thanks to the hinges you can choose the level of stability you prefer, suitable for medium and critical conditions of instability and pain.
Below kneecap strap
They compress the patellar tendon and reduce pain, perfect for those who practice sports such as Basketball and Volleyball where the knees are stressed when jumping, reduces tendonitis pain.
Thermal brace for magnetotherapy
A brace built with magnets designed to reduce pain and speed healing.
Brace made of neoprene materials, a material that retains heat and promotes healing.
Complete guide to choosing the right knee brace
The knee problems as we mentioned at the beginning of the article affect sports and not, are divided into categories from which you can choose the product best suited to your needs, we have also included a Size Chart for each manufacturer so as not to waste your time, after having seen the basics then we move on to some information that will help you to take into account some important factors to make a right choice of purchase if you ever need knee braces.
Knee braces Which one to choose?
It’s hard to say which knee brace or support is the best one, it depends on your needs, looking at the list of the different types you will easily find a product suitable for your needs, but there are some general characteristics that a good product must have and you should make sure that the brace you have chosen possesses to make sure you don’t get the wrong model.
The first thing you should look for is a product that offers good support for your knee, if the design is badly designed the benefits for your knees will be nil, if an orthopedic knee brace is badly designed or is built with poor materials it will not meet your expectations.
It is also good to point out that the quantity of materials is not a synonym of quality, as we have seen in some models in this article in fact, some are very simple and small in size but can do their job very well.
Another important aspect is the comfort factor, since we should wear these products for long periods of time it is very important that they are so comfortable that we forget to have them on, of course I do not recommend you to make your choice based only on this aspect, although comfort is important should not be your only yardstick.
Finally, some interesting but not indispensable features that some products offer: Anti-odour, sweat reduction, they maintain an ideal temperature to facilitate the healing process.
Which are the knee protectors that you should absolutely avoid
The products to avoid are those that do not offer knee support, made with poor materials, products that could be very comfortable to wear, but being poorly designed could create discomfort and additional problems, without giving you any support for the knee or muscles concerned.
It is also important not to buy a product just because you practice sport, if you do not need a knee brace do not buy one.
If you have problems or injuries, carefully choose the right knee brace for you so that you can benefit from the features and quality that the product offers, do not choose the first one that passes through your hands because as we saw at the beginning of the article they are not all the same and not all fit in any situation.
How do knee braces work?
Among the different types of knee supports some are designed to dampen and limit the weight or load that we put in the legs and encourage proper healing, this type of support is ideal for those who have suffered an injury and want to avoid a relapse by limiting the movements and efforts on the knee.
Another example are the bracelets under the kneecaps for sports use similar to bracelets, designed for athletes with fragile knees, for those who have a style of play at high intensity and on the field is not spared, these braces help to avoid injuries by offering excellent support to the knees.
In general, thanks to the support in specific areas of the leg or knee, the knee braces help to avoid excessive effort or sudden and involuntary movements, in this way we can prevent injury.
What Knee Guards are for and their benefits
The benefits of the knee brace are multiple, in my specific case for a cruciate ligament sprain the orthopedist advised me to use a brace for about ten days, to avoid putting too much weight on the sick leg worsening the situation and to promote a faster healing.
If you have had the same problem you know that especially if you are an active person it is really difficult to stay still, if you have a swollen knee you will find yourself jumping on one foot at home avoiding to rest the sick one.
There are many lines of thought on this subject my advice is to consult an orthopedist and make a specialist visit, most doctors will tell you to buy a brace and walk normally, avoid fatigue and avoid the use of crutches so as not to lose the muscles in the sick leg and speed up any resumption of activities.
I want to make it clear that I am not a doctor and that this is my specific case, so make a thorough examination and take the advice of your orthopedist, he will surely be able to tell you how it is best to proceed in these cases.
For all those people who have not suffered injuries but need extra support, sports knee pads can offer an excellent solution because they allow you to continue your sports activities without worrying about easy injuries.