Knee braces are medical supports that are worn around the knees so as to help alleviate pain resulting from injuries or pain arising post completion of surgical procedures. They are indeed extremely helpful and come in manifold and various kinds. You could choose from knee supports, stockings, leg tractions, calf supports, thigh supports, gel knee cushions, anti-embolism above knee stockings, anti-embolism below knee stockings, anti-embolism mono stockings, knee caps, below knee stockings, elastic knee supports, gel patella knee caps, gel tri-axle hinged knee barces, hinged knee caps, knee immobilizers, light knee braces and hyper extension braces to even leather knee pads for yourself depending on the type of injury you have.
I would suggest that you visit a doctor and have them assess the condition you are suffering from for you to be able to select the perfect knee brace for yourself. Not every single knee brace can cure every kind of injury. Certain injuries require that the knee be covered only for a certain duration of time or whilst performing a particular activity that might strain the joint; certain others require that the knee support be worn for as long a duration as possible, even whilst sleeping. Thus I highly recommend that you see an orthopaedic surgeon or a physiotherapist about it.
Some common braces and their uses are as follows:
If you have a sports injury, you might want to resort to a functional brace. Post-op knee braces are ideal for rehabilitation after completion of surgeries. Unloader braces are generally used by patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and stability!
And orthopedic braces are medical devices designed to address musculoskeletal problems; they are used to properly align, correct the position, support, stabilize, and protect certain parts of the body (particularly the muscles, ligaments, joints, and bones) as they heal from injury or trauma. These medical devices are often prescribed for the patient to wear during the process of recovery and rehabilitation.
Many specialized healthcare fields use knee braces, including those concerned with rehabilitating and preventing injuries, post-operative care, osteoarthritic care, and more. A qualified orthopedician or physical therapist can determine what type of orthopedic brace is ideal for the patient, as well as the fit, type of support, function, and level of stability or protection.
As a physical therapist my advice is “A knee brace should not typically be used as an excuse to avoid exercise Unless you are prescribed complete rest by a doctor, there is usually a benefit to regular stretching and at least moderate exercise to help strengthen the leg muscles, which in turn helps to support the knee.”