Where to buy a knee brace: how to use it

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A knee brace is a type of support that is used for injured or sore knees. Not only people suffering from knee problems use them, but also sportsmen use them to prevent sports injuries, sprains, strains, or sometimes re-injury to knees while performing sports.

Knee braces are available in different types and are made up of several combinations like metal knee braces for dirt biking and fox racing, foam knee supports or braces, plastic knee braces, or elastic bandage knee wraps. knee braces come in different colors, designs, and sizes.

In medical terms, there are 4 main types of knee braces namely prophylactic knee brace that is specially designed and worn by athletes and football players to protect their knees from injuries during contact sports. It is also called as a sports knee brace.

The second one is a functional knee brace, which helps in giving support to already injured knees.

The third type is a rehabilitation knee brace, which helps in limiting potentially harmful knee movements while a person is rehabilitating after a recent knee surgery or an injury.

The fourth type of knee brace is a patellofemoral knee brace, which helps patients suffering from patellofemoral syndrome to slide the knee bone smoothly over the patient’s knee joint and fix it in place. So each type of knee problem requires a different type of brace and your orthopedic doctor is the person who suggests what type of brace you can use after a knee injury or surgery. Some ortho doctors can also suggest other types of knee support devices instead of knee braces for patients who have underwent surgery for severely damaged knee ligament tear as in contact sports injuries.

Some doctors also suggest knee braces for people who complain of constant unrelenting pain at the front part of their knees, which does not better with physical therapy and rehabilitation program such as strengthening and flexibility exercises.

A hinged knee brace
A hinged knee brace
Patellofemoral hinged knee brace
Patellofemoral hinged knee brace

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Where To Buy A Knee Brace

There are different ways to buy a knee brace. There are many medical equipment stores and suppliers who sell knee braces. Some people buy them directly via Internet like from Amazon and Ebay Stores and some buy them from medical equipment manufacturers. However, your orthopedic doctor can also guide you to buy them, as he/she may know of several companies selling knee braces online or from local stores, but if you are going to buy it on your own, the most important thing before buying a knee brace is to confirm the correct size and fit of your knee and legs.

Regarding price of a knee brace, some knee braces cost hundreds of dollars and some come in less than 100 dollars. People who have public or private insurance can confirm with their insurance companies if they cover knee braces or not.

How To Use A Knee Brace?

The knee braces should be applied and used according to the directions of your orthopedic doctor or you can follow the instructions, which come with the knee brace. You must be careful when putting on a knee brace and check whether the adjustable straps, hooks, and adhesives are fastened around the knee or not.

A person who wears the knee brace for the first time should also verify its proper placement by performing some mild activities to make sure that the knee brace has properly tightened up and is not moving from its place because any brace if worn incorrectly can hurt rather than help. for maximum effectiveness of the knee brace, it must be worn at all times for activities involving risk of re-injury to knee. Most importantly, before starting any sports activity, a sportsman should do a warm up exercise.

Application of a knee brace
Application of a knee brace
Football player wearing a knee brace
Football player wearing a knee brace

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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

This is good information. Especially now since the weather is so nice and everyone is out playing sports and getting active.


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Yes, I published this hub at the right time of year when a lot of people are getting active and playing sports outside. Thanks for your comment Veronica.


AARON99 6 years ago

Another great informative hub. I even don't want to loose any of your hubs, but sometimes!!! those are very informative and helpful for me. Well done. Enjoy.


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thank you so much AARON99. I just try to provide the right information to my visitors. As I am in the field of medical transcription, I have loads of knowledge on braces, supports, medical equipments and how they work so I just try to share them. I need to help the patients suffering from a particular disease find to the point answer as suggested in the title of my article.


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Excellent resource for knee injuries, thanks


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks a lot billyaustindillon for your comment.


shubha 6 years ago

I have bone to bone in both the knees, And pain in the inner side of knee. I face a lot of difficulty in walking and stairs.

I have hinged knee brace of LP company, But they feel heavy and I feel the brace is not able to provide much support. suggest a knee brace . I live in mumbai india


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Hi Shubha, according to me you can buy an arthritic unloader type knee brace for bone on bone pain relief. But it will be really better to contact your orthopedic specialist or orthotist and ask them about your requirements and problems you are facing with the current hinged knee brace.


TED 5 years ago

Excellent post, thanks.


Ravi kanth 5 years ago

Sir, manipal hospital docter has referred me Knee Brace for ALL defeliers knee (right) low profile. I request you to guide me in this regard whare to purchase in Bangalore.

Thanks & Regards.

Ravi kanth

Mobile: 9880016601


Bobby 4 years ago

Hi ,what kind of knee brace for post mcl tear..it should limit side movments of knee


tbaby 4 years ago

what's the best brace for OCD? I know an unloader brace, but which type? he has two, but they are not very comfortable. any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated


sumit kumar 4 years ago

my grand paa is 75 years old. can he use knee brace? if yes tell me location from where i can purchase it


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soni2006 4 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Hi Sumit, you can buy a knee brace for your granpa from here: http://www.amazon.com/Bauerfeind-GenuTrain-Left-Su...


monica 3 years ago

which knee brace i can use to support my knee with osteoarthritis


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soni2006 3 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

You can consult your orthopaedic doctor for the knee brace who can give you the right advice after assessing your situation.


Lunette Dimaandal 23 months ago

Hello.... My mom is 70yrs old from from,philippines and her two legs now became arc in shape. And it was not easy for her to walk. Can someone help me what kind of knee support we need to buy. Your suggestion would really be appreciated.thank you.


Vinod 19 months ago

Hello.... My mom is 52 year

old from from,philippines and her two legs now became arc in shape. And it was not easy for her to walk. Can someone help me what kind of knee support we need to buy. Your suggestion would really be appreciated.thank you.


Rolland menezes 17 months ago

I stay in vasai west, district Thane, Maharashtra. I want information about buying a knee brace for my wife, as she is suffering from pain due to thickening of ligament in her knee. Please advise suitable brace


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soni2006 17 months ago from New Delhi, India Author

Please consult with an orthopedist in your area as this article is only about providing general information on knee braces. I will not be able to prescribe you any braces as I am not a doctor.

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