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Knee pain requires a stable solution and that comes in the form of a Knee Support. It acts as a stabilizer to help avoid knee injuries. Manufactures make these braces using foam, metal, elastic, plastic, and/or a combination of these materials. Also knee braces are available in various colors, sizes, and designs depending on the individual’s physical requirements.

Knee braces remains as a solution with debate among medical professionals around the world. Some believe it warrants positive attention while others state it doesn’t. In their eyes, the knee brace can hamper one’s ability to deal with knee pain. Researchers state that knee braces are up for debate and studies doesn’t give a proper answer. Please speak with your family physician or knee specialist before making a decision.

Painful conditions of knee joint are common in all the age groups because the knee is one of the largest joints of the body and bears most of its weight. It is more prone to sports injuries, wear and tear of bones and ligaments, or age-related issues. Thus, the knee joint is most commonly affected by the disease called osteoarthritis.

Among the young adults, sports injuries or road accidents are the most common reasons for knee injuries resulting in tears or various supporting ligaments. Every year few million Indians suffer from the condition. Knee injuries take really long to heal as the joint is difficult to immobilize completely.

Another common problem of the knee in the aging population is osteoarthritis. It is estimated that 22% to 39% of adults have a problem with knee. And perhaps more than 70% of adults above the age of 65 years have knee pain due to the condition.

Role of the Knee Support Device

Pain killers help in painful situations, but their prolonged use increases the risk of side effects. It means that non-pharmacological means of treatment like the use of braces, supportive devices, compression bandages, and so on, have an essential role in the management of the disease conditions.

Knee supports have to be part of every treatment of painful conditions of the knee. They help by providing compression, warmth, and immobilization. Thus, reducing local spasm, pain, and accelerating healing. Because of supportive action, they aid in various movements of the joint even when injured.

They can be helpful in the injuries in relation with ligaments when complete immobilization by the cast is not an option. In the case of knee fracture, they can help in the removal of cast early and thus preventing weakening of local musculature.

Do Knee Support Devices Work?

Yes, certainly. They are not a replacement for conventional treatment or drugs but can be part of any treatment process. Moreover, they do not have any known side effects.

Though the research on their effectiveness is less, nonetheless, most of the clinical reviews shows that knee supports work. After treatment of acute pain with procedures, or if need is there, surgical procedure, and control of pain and inflammation with drugs, braces are a solution as additional support for faster recovery.

Choosing the Right  Knee Supports

The knee is a very complex joint with several ligaments and bones. Different support devices are available for various conditions. Some are better for immobilization after tendon or ligament injury. While others are better for those living with osteoarthritis.

For most people, the choice can be a little confusing. In such a case, one can consult a specialist. In many cases, vendors can also make the right recommendation.

Using knee support devices can provide almost instant relief in most cases, thus accelerating the healing processes.

Dr. Aleksandar Grbovic
Reviewed by Dr. Aleksandar Grbovic