Knee support braces are life-saving for many people, or to put more practically, career-saving, especially for those involved in sports or athletics. Even for those who are not, knee support braces are the best alternative they can have.
Knee support braces can be used to prevent an injury, fight an injury and also save the joint from any further damage. Here are some of the things that you should consider while purchasing a knee support brace.
Purpose of the knee support brace
As mentioned above, knee support braces have different functionalities. Some will protect your knee from harm during heavy exercise, treadmill, running or skipping – activities that put pressure on the knee. Some are meant to give you knee support post-injury or prevent your movements post-surgery. Choose your product depending on your need.
Style that will be comfortable for you
There are usually two types of knee support braces, slip-on and wrap-around. Slip-on braces allow you to put your feet through and pull up the brace like a long boot shoe. Wrap-around braces can be adjusted around your knee and secured with Velcro straps. You should consult a doctor about the type you need.
Determine your size
Each type of knee support braces has their measurements. Some will just do with your knee capsize; other might need your thigh and calf muscle circumference also. Match your size with the size chart provided and choose the right one. If your size falls between two sizes on the chart, it is usually recommended that you go for the bigger size.
Longevity and frequency of your use
How long you will be using the brace depends on your type of injury. If it is for a short post-surgery period, you can buy a used brace to save your money. If it is a chronic injury or meant for weight training support, invest in an expensive one since you will be using it a lot more.
If you are confused while choosing the right type of knee support brace for you, consider these points to reach a valid conclusion.