Knee pain affects approximately 25% of adults. That's around 82,059,880 people! While the causes of knee pain vary from injury to OA, the effects on daily life can be significant.
Don't let knee pain leave you on the sidelines. With care from a medical professional and the right equipment, you can be back in the game.
A hinged knee brace is a great companion to those suffering from knee pain. Several types of hinged knee braces address post-surgery, OA, and sports injury needs.
Keep reading to find out how to improve recovery with a hinged knee brace.
Hinged knee braces provide more support than other kinds of knee braces. Since they have side supports, they also protect from further injury.
Hinged knee braces prevent unwanted side-to-side motion and hyperextension. They help improve the range of motion and offer support to those with unstable knees.
If you're suffering from OA, a hinged knee brace could offer relief from knee pain.
Selecting the right brace for you doesn't have to feel overwhelming. Before you choose a hinged knee brace, ask yourself the following questions.
The higher-priced hinged knee braces will provide more stability and protection. They may also be more comfortable and last longer.
The material should allow your skin to breathe while still offering support. Materials should be of good quality, but comfort plays a big role. Select material that will agree with your skin and movements.
Will removing your shoes to take the brace on and off annoy you? If so, you may want to steer clear of a sleeved hinged knee brace. Instead, opt for a velcro-strapped option.
If so, you will be more comfortable with an open patella-hinged knee brace. If you'd rather have patella protection, pick a brace that covers it up. The phrase "open popliteal" means the brace has an opening around the patella.
A four-point leverage system supports theAnterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) by using four specific places for leverage. Points one and four provide anterior (from the front) support. Points two and three support from the opposite side of the leg (posterior).
The first point is a cuff on the thigh and rotates the tibia from the front (anterior). The second point, a cuff above the calf muscle, counteracts this pressure. This point allows tibia rotation from behind (the posterior)
Point three is a strap that connects to the hinge bars. This draws in the kneebars from behind. Counteracting point three, the fourth point is a front strap below the knee. This draws the brace hinge in and allows tibial rotation from behind.
This four-point leverage system can reduceACL strain by 50%. Weak or recovering muscles surrounding the ACL benefit from this system.
This knee brace is ideal for those with early or mild osteoarthritis (OA). Those with narrowing joints spaces will benefit from the Donjoy OA Reaction Web as well.
The OA Reaction Web knee brace provides support and comfort during mild to moderate exercise. Wear this brace if you're an OA sufferer who likes to golf, play tennis, walk, or run. The OA Reaction Web provides support for everyday activities as well.
Its breathable web design allows you to keep moving with comfort. The OA Reaction web is made from patented silicone material that helps it stay in place.
The DonJoy OA Reaction Web knee brace provides the most lightweight and open design of any other OA knee brace available.
TheDonJoy Playmaker II Knee Brace provides support and protection for those with ACL, MCL, LCL, Meniscus injuries, and hyperextended knees. Soccer, baseball, and basketball athletes with mild to moderate ligament injuries benefit from this brace as well.
Designed with comfort, convenience, and support in mind, the DonJoy Playmaker II knee brace will help you stay in the game.
This strap-on-style knee brace uses the four-points-of-leverage system to further protect the ACL.
TheBionic Fullstop knee brace is perfect for those recovering from ACL injuries. This pull-on knee brace can also be worn preventatively to protect from knee injuries.
The Bionic Fullstop prevents hyperextension with dampening hinges on either side. The dampening hinges also serve to improve the joint mechanics of post-surgery and injured knees.
Adjustable straps help wearers personalize this hinged brace fit. Anti-migration technology helps it keep from slipping out of place.
TheDonJoy Reaction Web is a companion to indoor, outdoor, water, and land athletes. Its unique web design shifts weight away from painful areas of the knee. The web and hinges work together to absorb shock, allowing wearers to keep on moving.
This brace is worn by professional football players, volleyball players, snowboarders, and the US Ski Team. You don't have to be a professional to enjoy the benefits of this brace. Runners, golfers, walkers, hikers, tennis, and soccer players will enjoy the DonJoy Reaction Web knee brace.
Those with Osgood-Schlatter Disease and Meniscus tears should check out the Reaction web hinged knee brace. The Reaction Web also helps those with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome and Chondromalacia Patella (Runner's Knee).
Suffering from Quad or Patellar Tendonitis? The DonJoy Reaction Web hinged knee brace can help you. This brace is also designed for those with general Patellar tracking issues and instability.
If worn with the undersleeve, the patella is covered. However, without an undersleeve, this brace does not cover the patella.
TheReddie hinged knee brace is suitable for those with milder injuries or support needs. If you've had a mild MCL or LCL sprain (or both), the ProCare Reddie is for you.
Those with post-arthroscopic meniscectomies or mild OA will also benefit from the ProCare Reddie hinged knee brace. This brace is also recommended for those withmild global instabilities and/or hyperextended knees.
The ProCare Reddie works by stabilizing collateral ligaments and medial and lateral meniscus.
ProCare and DonJoy are owned by the same parent company, DJO. ProCare reflects the same high quality as DJO products.
This brace provides light support for day-to-day life or sports activity. Those with MCL, LCL injuries, general knee pain, mild OA, torn meniscus, patella instability, or contusions should try theDonJoy Sport Drytex Economy knee brace.
This brace offers padding and cover for the embedded side hinges. This feature makes it available for situations where hinged knee braces are usually not allowed.
The Drytex Economy is available in wraparound or sleeve style. Neoprene and Drytex material with a cut-out behind the knee makes this brace comfortable during activity.
The Drytex material is only available in a wraparound design.
A hinged knee brace can help those with soreness, sports injuries, or OA.
Knee braces with a webbed design are great for land and water sports. The web design also allows for added ventilation during wear.
Padded, concealed, and removable hinges provide more versatile options for some athletes.
At Ortho Bracing, we have a variety of braces and cryotherapy products. Enjoy free shipping when you order $99.00 or more from the best brands: Bregg, DonJoy, ProCare, and Aircast.