All About Knee Braces
Summer is the season for sports; and it’s all fun and games until “someone loses an eye.” All sports involve some level of speed, power, and agility which increases severity of injuries. Fortunately there are health professionals who can repair bones and tissue, and physiotherapists to get you moving well. A brace can provide support to get you back to moving your best!
Braces aren’t just for the athletes of the world, they can alleviate pain and pressure on osteoarthritic joints, maintain proper bone alignment during walking or running, or provide support to a previously injured joint.
There are many different braces, which makes it tough to choose the best one for your injury and lifestyle. Because knee pain is common in sports and in everyday life, we will focus on bracing options for the knees.
Leduc Physio offers a few options for knee bracing at a range of prices. Each brace has a different goal/purpose and some can be custom fit. Leduc Physio braces with the DonJoy brand; they offer a great warranty program, and are the the choice for multiple national sporting leagues.
Non-Custom Bracing Options
The Hinged Performer brace is the most cost effective option for knee bracing. It is used to stabilize the patella, and provide some side-to-side support to the knee. It is a perfect brace for individuals with mild/moderate knee instability, support for a ACL or PCL strain, providing compression for osteoarthritis, and correcting patello-femoral dysfunction. This brace should not be used to prevent injury and provides only mild to moderate support for existing injuries.
Cost: $ 70.00
The Webtech brace can decrease knee pain and increase function to keep you moving pain-free in your active lifestyle. The elastomeric web absorbs shock, disperses energy and shifts pain away from your knee. It has a very slim profile, and an open back to increase air flow.
This brace has limited side-to-side support, but helps with patellar tracking and decreases knee pain during movement. If you have knee pain while walking, running, playing non-contact sports, or just being outside in the yard this brace is a good choice.
The Renegade is the closest thing to a custom knee brace without the price tag. It is made to support moderate to severe knee instabilities, ACL injuries or reconstructions, MCL/LCL instabilities, prevent hyper-extension, and prevent injury. It has a rigid frame to provide maximum stability and strength to the knee.
This brace is built for demanding sports or activities (with no contact) such as court sports, water sports, mountain biking, surfing, etc.
Custom Bracing Options
The Defiance III brace is a fully custom brace intended for high-collision activities or contact sports. The Defiance III brace is the gold-standard for knee bracing. It has a strong lightweight carbon fiber frame, with lifetime warranty on the frame and hinges, and there are many color/print options to choose from.
This brace is recommended for individuals experiencing knee hyper-extension, moderate to severe ACL or PCL instability, and ACL or PCL reconstruction.
The Defiance III brace is often used to support the knee in high-impact sports such as: rodeo sports, motocross, downhill ski racing, surfing, football and rugby.
It can be worn in the water, and all straps/pads are removable for washing.
The A22 brace was created for knees that have ACL instabilities (pre- and post-surgery) and prevent hyper-extension of the knee without being involved in contact/collision sports. It is made from titanium, an extremely light and extremely strong metal. Braces are custom measured for a perfect fit and have a 5 year warranty.
If you do trail or road running, play court sports, golf, compete in track, dance/gymnastics, or any water sports; this brace can provide optimal support during activity and prevent further injury to your knees.
The best of the DonJoy knee braces for osteo-arthritis (OA). It is designed for individuals suffering with OA who want to stay active, it is extremely lightweight, and provides durable support for moderate to severe levels of osteoarthritis. The hinge bars offer support for ligament instabilities, and offload pressure in the knee which causes pain.
Braces are measured custom for the best fit, they have a lifetime warranty, and you can pick your color.
Do you need a brace?
If you have suffered a knee injury in the past and feel it is unstable or have persistent knee pain, you could avoid a brace by strengthening your knees. If you are unsure how to do this, give Leduc Physio a call or book an appointment online with one of our physiotherapists, or kinesiologist.
If strengthening does not improve knee instability and pain is still present, bracing can support the joint and provide pain relief.
For individuals with painful osteoarthritis, a brace provides relief by offloading the knee joint so you can get back to your active lifestyle. Braces are also useful if you have had a recent reconstruction, to prevent injury while you strengthen and recover.
If you have any other questions about braces, you can email Morgan Specht at email@example.com. If you have extended health benefits or a doctors prescription you can book an appointment with her online HERE.
Don’t forget! All DonJoy braces are 10% off this month at Leduc Physio!