Knee braces give protection to your knee in the case of moderate knee injury involving cartilage or ligament damage. They accelerate the healing process and reduces pain.
There are different styles and patterns to wear a knee brace, depends upon the weather, your comfort, outfit, and the type of knee brace you use.
For best results, it is essential to wear your knee brace correctly. In order to make the fastest recovery, it is important you have the right brace for your specific level of injury as recommended by your doctor.
How To Wear A Knee Brace
Steps to put the knee brace on:
Some simple steps include;
- Selection of right brace for your injury:
The dame or type of injury will decide the best style of knee brace for you. For mild wounds, they can be healed with some compression sleeve. But for more serious fractures, a heavier-duty hinged brace reinforced with metal or plastic may be needed, recommended by your physician.
- Apply to the affected portion:
Firstly, you have to roll up your trouser leg so the brace goes directly onto your skin.
If you have a slip-on knee brace, then slip your foot into the top of the brace (the area where it broadens to accommodate your thigh) and out through the bottom. But if you have to go with a wrap style brace, place the inside of the pad against your knee then wind the straps around.
- Tightens the straps
If you are wearing a compression sleeve and there are some additional straps on it, accommodate these around the back of the brace and secure them at the front using the Velcro straps, ensuring a snug fit.
Should I wear my knee brace over or under my pants?
It is recommended to wear a knee brace over your pants to wick away any moisture and direct attachment with the wound.
Do I need to wear my knee brace all day long for the best results?
Yes, depends upon you. You can wear a knee brace all day. If you have a mild injury or there is compulsory to participate in an activity or sport, you should make sure to wear the proper brace for your injury or sport.
How should I choose the right brace for my injury?
When you are looking for a knee brace, look for levels of protection ranging from A to C+. some braces offer the least amount of support, but they are the most flexible, such as a knee sleeve. It’s best for pain-relieving and mild to moderate support when remaining fully active.