Knee Supports & Braces to Aid Recovery

If your knee is injured or in pain, then you may need a knee brace or support to aid recovery.  Knee braces and supports are two separate things. A knee support is typically a flexible sock-like item that wraps around the knee joint, helping to hold everything in place. It provides both comfort and warmth, taking some of the pressure off the tissue in the knee while allowing you to remain mobile. 

A knee brace is something slightly different. While it provides support, just like a knee support, it also has a rigid structure and a hinge, enabling it to take more load off the knee joint. People use knee supports, therefore, to take weight off the affected tissue so that it can recover. 

When to Use Knee Supports and Knee Braces for Recovery

So, with that said, what kind of injuries do people use knee supports and knee braces to aid their recovery? 

Sprains of The Knee Joint

A sprained knee means that the ligaments that hold the bones in the knee together have become overstretched and need time to recover. Typically, people sprain the ligament that connects the knee bone to the thigh bone during heavy exercise or an awkward fall. Sprains can be painful and require compression: something that knee support can provide. 

ACL Injuries

ACL or anterior cruciate ligament injuries are serious and painful injuries that often require a knee brace. An ACL injury occurs when the ligament which connects your thighbone to your shinbone tears or stretches uncomfortably. The ligament is a vital piece in the structure of the leg as a whole and needs maximum support and rehabilitation while recovering. 

It usually takes between six and nine months for an ACL injury to resolve. In that time, patients typically wear knee braces to ensure that they put as little strain on the ligament as possible. Knee braces effectively protect the joint from the majority of external forces until the tissue repairs. 

How Knee Supports and Braces Aid Recovery

Knee supports and braces aid recovery in a variety of ways.

The first ways that they do this to provide compression to the affected area. Compression is essential for mild injuries because it ensures that tissues remain in the correct position during the recovery process. It also takes some of the load off the knee joint, again assisting the body to repair.

The second way is to take the load off the joint. The body is a remarkable machine that can repair itself but only under the right conditions. If you keep stubbing your toe daily, then the body can’t fix the toe and restore it to health. The same principle applies with the knee joint, especially regarding ligament injuries. Ligaments need a long period of time without high tension to allow them to complete the repair process and come back stronger than before. Both knee braces and supports reduce the loads on the joint. 

The Physio Room offer a range of knee supports and braces for a variety of injuries. Visit our website today for further information.

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