Knee Brace for Hyperextended Knee Treatment
Hyperextended knees occur when a strong force makes one’s knee extend too far back, stressing the tissues that typically prevent that from occurring. This typically results in pain, inflammation and instability, with the degree of one’s discomfort depending upon the degree of injury. Incorporating a brace into treatment for hyper extended knee injuries can help address all of these symptoms.
Wearing a hyperextension knee brace can stabilize the knee joint, reduce stress on it by helping to absorb excess force and it can simply make one more confident getting back to athletic activity.
The hinges of this knee hyperextension brace offer the additional benefit of controlling one’s range of motion. Limiting the degree of extension allowed can reduce one’s risk of re-injury when the knee is in a more vulnerable state.
The compression the brace applies is also good for hyperextended knee recovery as this promotes blood flow to the injured leg that reduces inflammation and encourages healing. These qualities equip the knee brace for hyperextension for remedying:
- Knee hyperextension
- Medial/lateral instability
- Muscle/ligament injury
- Weakness of muscles or ligaments
- ACL/PCL instability (moderate)
- Knee sprains or strains
- Degenerative joint disease
The hyperextension knee orthosis is intended for non-contact sports and daily living activity.
The lower portion of the knee brace for hyperextension is a lightweight sleeve that applies compression, while the upper portion is a wrap. This is convenient when it comes to knee hyperextension treatment since pulling a knee sleeve all the way up the thigh can be a hassle, plus it would require sliding the hyperextension brace over one’s sore, swollen knee. The two-part hyperextension brace plus handy thumb tabs make application easy.
Also in the interest of keeping pressure off one’s injured knee, the brace for a hyperextended knee care features cutouts over the kneecap and at the back of the knee (popliteal area). Besides keeping pressure off the knee joint, these openings also improve the breathability and flexibility of the brace. The popliteal opening also helps prevent uncomfortable bunching.
The range-of-motion hinges with aluminum uprights that enable the knee brace to prevent hyperextension can be locked to allow varying degrees of extension and flexion. The polycentric hinge includes settings of 0°, 15°, 30°, 60° and 90°, and it comes with a contoured condyle shell and a suede hinge cover.
This enables one to easily adjust the degree of flexion/extension permitted as one’s knee hyperextension recovery progresses. For instance, one may need to immobilize the leg in a straight position at the onset of one’s treatment for a hyperextended knee and then allow more and more bend as one’s knee heals.
The comfortable patellar brace for knee hyperextension is composed of premium-grade neoprene. This knee brace to stop hyperextension is free of latex.
What Is a Hyperextended Knee & How Can a Hyperextended Knee Brace Help?
What is hyperextension of the knee? Quite simply, this refers to when one’s knee extends too far backward, possibly damaging ligaments, cartilage, and other structures associated with stabilizing the knee. In severe cases, this overextension of the knee can tear the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), which is important for preventing the tibia from moving too far behind the femur.
A strong, sudden force to the knee when the leg is straightened is typically to blame for such injuries. Thus, knee hyperextension injuries are common in sports that involve a lot of jumping or direction changes (think basketball or volleyball), as well as in sports like gymnastics that require a lot of flexibility (check out our selection of braces for gymnastics). Car accidents, a fall when the foot is caught, instability, and weak quadriceps muscles are other possible causal factors.
Hyperextension knee treatment will vary depending on the severity of one’s injury. Mild hyperextension typically results in a sore knee for a few days or weeks.
In such cases, following the steps of RICE (rest, ice, compress, elevate) is the best treatment for hyperextended knee injuries. Taking anti-inflammatory painkillers can also help with the pain in addition to lowering inflammation.
Some opt to wear a knee brace with hyperextension stoppage features for added support when the knee is weak and unstable. This particular brace for the treatment of hyperextended knee injuries has the added benefit of applying compression around the kneecap and calf. Compression improves blood flow to the region, reducing inflammation and promoting healing.
More serious hyperextension knee injuries that also entail damage to the ligaments or cartilage of the knee can take months to a year to fully heal. Symptoms of such injuries include pain on either side of the knee or behind it, swelling, limited range of motion that makes it difficult to bend the knee or walk, instability, and bruising.
In such instances, hyperextension of the knee treatment might involve wearing braces for hyperextended knee injuries like this one that can immobilize the leg in a straight position or limit the knee’s range of motion. As one’s treatment for hyperextension of the knee progresses, one can adjust the control settings to allow a greater degree of flexion and extension while limiting one’s risk of another hyperextension.
And of course, the added stabilization of the brace is a key feature when it comes to how to treat a hyperextended knee. Using a functional knee brace that controls the movement of the knee can reduce stress on the knee.
In addition, wearing knee braces for hyperextended knee injuries can help one return to athletic activity more quickly while limiting the risk of re-injury. Using a brace for hyperextension of the knee treatment can also increase one’s confidence and diminish one’s pain as one goes through physical therapy and returns to athletic performance.
In some cases, surgical repair of damaged tissues of the knee may be required. After such a procedure, one will likely need to immobilize the knee for a period of time, after which a gradual, controlled return to motion will be allowed. Again, this brace is optimized when it comes to post-surgical treatment for knee hyperextension.
Key Features of Hyperextension Knee Brace
Wearing a knee brace with ROM control can play an integral role when it comes to what to do for a hyperextended knee. Following is a list of the features that make this one of the best knee braces to prevent and/or treat hyperextension.
Ultimate Protection During Recovery
While you’re healing from a knee injury, post-operation, or painful condition, this knee brace offers the perfect level of stability, protection, and support. The adjustable knee brace supports and stabilizes, as needed to heal a hyperextended knee. Designed for non-contact sports and daily living activities, this knee brace is perfect for all-day use.
Wide Range of Sizes Available
Fully adjustable, medical-grade straps feature fastener-closures that are quite versatile in terms of sizing. This brace for a hyperextended knee comes in numerous sizes. Measure using a flexible measuring tape and refer to the sizing chart to find the perfect fit for you. There are a wide variety of adjustable sizes to choose from, with options available for petite to plus-size teen to adult men and women.
Adjustable, Medical-Grade Hinges
Dual-axis polycentric hinge and aluminum uprights offer full extension and flexion control. Degree of bend allowed can be adjusted as one’s hyperextension of the knee treatment progresses. BraceAbility’s hinged knee brace includes the following settings: 0°, 15°, 30°, 60° and 90°, allowing for a perfect level of immobilization and stability for any stage of hyperextension recovery.
Designed for All-Day Use
Premium-grade neoprene knee brace provides soothing warmth and is soft against the skin. Quick and easy to apply, the upper part of the brace to treat a hyperextended knee is a wrap for quick application and adjustment. This knee brace for an overextended knee features openings at the popliteal and patella, for breathability as you move around throughout the day.
Frequently Asked Questions About This Brace for Hyperextened Knee Treatment
- What conditions / injuries does the knee compression wrap treat? Helps treat and manage pain caused by a range of knee injuries including hyperextension, ACL, PCL, and MCL tears, torn meniscus, post-op relief, chondromalacia, osteoarthritis, and more!
- Who can wear the ROM brace? With wide range of sizes available, a variety of men and women can wear this adjustable knee brace.
- How do I put the support on? Open hinge cover, place pins in desired setting, and close. Both right and left hinges need to match. With middle circle facing forward, reinsert hinged into pockets. Position brace behind knee. Tag should be in left hand. Wrap bottom portion around leg and secure fastener. Repeat to secure top portion. Opening should be around your kneecap. Wrap bottom strap around leg, feed it through bottom D-ring and attach. Repeat to secure top strap. Adjust as needed.
- How do I know what size to get? Using a soft tape measure , sit in a chair with your leg extended straight in front of you. Measure the circumference of your leg 6 inches above the mid-patella. To get the most accurate measurements, we recommend having a close family member or friend assist you. Refer to our sizing graphic in the photos above to choose the right size.
- Can I wear this knee brace over my pants? You can wear this brace over pants, but to receive the compression benefits, we recommend you wear the wrap directly against your skin.
- When should I wear it? The knee brace can be comfortably worn all day while sitting, standing, and during physical activity. However, you should consult with your doctor before wearing any compression support for extended periods of time, such as while sleeping.
- What material is this brace made of? This knee support is made of premium-grade neoprene, suede-covered aluminum stays, and nylon straps with medical-grade hook and loop fasteners. All components are latex free.
- How tall is this brace? 12 inches.
- Washing instructions: Close the hinge covers and attach fastener straps. Avoiding hinges and aluminum stays, carefully wipe with a damp cloth using mild soap. Do not submerge this brace in water. Allow to air dry completely before reapplying.
- Hinges include 0°, 15°, 30°, 60°, and 90° settings
- Supports and stabilizes as you heal
- Reduce your risk of re-injury during recovery
- Color: Black.
Wish it could have worked….
Unfortunately this brace didn’t work for my husband as it wasn’t strong enough to keep his knee from going back. I am now waiting for the return slip via mail. Unfortunately I was unable to print it from the email which was sent. All the other writing came through on the printer but not the return address part.
It fits great an I am very happy with it
MATERIAL TOO WEAK
hinger is awesome and strong but the material just stretches when the hinge stops so your knee doesn't get the support or the stop. Too bad the material is so light. nice concept.
Thanks for your feedback on our Hyperextension Knee Brace. We would just like to clarify some of the information you shared about this brace so there can be a better understanding of how the brace is supposed to function. This brace is designed to restrict the range of motion by limiting either the amount of flexion (meaning how far you are able to bend the knee) or the amount of extension (meaning how far the knee can be straightened). When you use any of the settings between 15 - 90 degrees, the brace is positioned to "stop" on the setting where the pin is. So the brace is in a "fixed" position and will not move. However, the brace allows the customer to move their leg from a straight line to that particular setting, the material has to stretch to that point so the leg will bend, but not beyond that point (of the fixed position). This is to protect the range of motion and not let the customer be able to bend/straighten the leg in order to protect from additional tearing so the tears in the meniscus (or muscles/ligaments) have a chance to heal with no further harm. This is why the brace can be set at 0 degrees (where there is no bending or flexing) and then gradually work up to being able to bend/flex the knee more over a period of time by changing the settings. There may be several inches then between the bent part of the brace where it doesn't touch your kneecap, which is what it is supposed to do. If you still have questions, please contact our Customer Care Team at 866-712-7808 or email us at email@example.com for more help. We hope this helps!
Getting that knee under control
After his stroke, my husband stopped trusting that his left leg will work so he kind of stutter steps/hops on his right leg. Illogical but that's what was happening so his PT recommended we get him the Hyperextension Knee Brace. It took us 2 tries to get the right size but now that we have it, my husband likes the brace and feels like he can depend more on his left leg. Be warned--it is a bit of a bear getting the thing on his knee but it has to be firm to support that wonky leg so we deal with it and we're getting better every time we put it on. I would buy this brace again in a heartbeat. And your customer service department was also very nice when I initially reached out to verify the size and then later when we had to return it. Thumbs up to all involved!
overall braces is quality made. fair price I struggle a little getting into it. I purchased it to stop hyperextension, it does seem to do that completely. it helps but is not completely effective