Hinged Knee Braces & Hinged Knee Supports
When pain or instability is experienced in the knee, a knee brace is usually used to help strengthen the afflicted area. Knee orthoses are worn around the knee, and they work by helping relieve pressure off the affected part. In addition, hinged knee braces also provide support and stability to the knee when we participate in daily activities or engage in sports. Knee supports can also help align the knee properly to help alleviate pain caused by osteoarthritis.
The 4 Types of Knee Braces and Supports
Knee braces and supports are usually classified into four types: prophylactic braces, functional braces, rehabilitation braces, and unloader braces.
- Prophylactic braces are mainly used by athletes or active individuals who play high-contact sports in order to protect the knees.
- Functional braces are worn by patients who have already experienced injury and need additional support and stability until the knee attains full recovery.
- Rehabilitation braces, on the other hand, are primarily used for post-injury or post-surgery for immobilization.
- Unloader braces are intended for patients who are experiencing pain due to arthritis of the knee or incorrect alignment. The main function of unloader braces is to help decrease the amount of pressure or stress on the knee and free up the weight away from the knee afflicted by arthritis. Majority of unloader braces are hinged braces.
Hinged knee braces can have either one or two hinges. A hinged knee support helps take load or weight off the knee and is commonly worn by patients who want to forgo surgery or those who are still healing after a knee operation. Hinged knee braces can considerably relieve knee pain and help provide stability for patients while they walk, stand, or undergo physical therapy.
Choose from our selection of high-quality and competitively priced hinged knee support braces depending on your needs. Not sure what hinged knee support you require? To speak with a Braceability product expert, please call us at (866) 712.7808. Also, try our knee bands for knee pain which is not severe enough to require a knee brace.