Knee Braces can help to reduce the impact of arthritic damage, reduce pain and improve mobility. It can also help to support a ligament deficient knee joint during activities such as skiing, wakeboarding and football.
The aim of knee bracing treatment is to control the knee, to minimise the risk of further injury which could ultimately result in knee replacement surgery. Not all types of knee injury require the same type of bracing solution.
Common knee injuries:
Osteo arthritis - occurs when one or more compartments of the knee joint becomes worn out due to excessive wear and tear or uneven load, this can be very painful for the individual limiting movement and mobility. Lots of braces exist to off load the affected area of the knee reducing pain and delaying the need for joint replacement surgery.
Ligament tear - there are four main ligaments in the knee which help to stabilise the joint If a ligament becomes strained or torn, the stability within the joint can become compromised, making the knee give way and feel unstable. Ligament bracing helps to stabilise the joint by functionally replacing the damaged ligament. Knee bracing can also be used prophylactically to minimise therisk of damage to ligaments during extreme sports- braces can be customised to be accommodated within ski boots or to use with other specific sports equipment.
Meniscal tear can occur in one or more areas of the knee joint can be very painful and reduce the range of movement within the joint and create instability in the joint. Whilst bracing will not repair the tear entirely, it can replace the lost stability in the joint.
Anterior knee pain or patella femoral joint pain feels like pain behind the knee cap, can be aggravated by climbing stairs and sit to stand movements and squatting. This can be caused by over use of the joint, over pronated feet, hypermobility, mal tracking of the patella or muscle weakness in the thigh muscles. Bracing can alter the tracing around the patella, reducing the damaging forces and reduce the pain.
Through assessment and prescribing the correct knee brace, our expert orthotists will help you to return as close to original performance as possible to lengthen your active life and minimise unnecessary wear and tear.
Contact us today for a consultation on the best knee brace solution for your needs.