People wear knee braces for various reasons. Knee braces are used by people with knee problems like osteoarthritis, athletes use knee braces to stabilize their knees when performing their various activities, and doctors prescribe knee braces as a part of the rehabilitation process after surgery. The various types of knee braces that prevent dislocation of the knee stabilize the area by compressing the affected joints and ligaments. These knee braces help people maintain independence without further injuring this delicate part of the body.
Knee sleeves prevent dislocation of knee problems caused by osteoarthritis. This type of knee brace reduces pain and produces joint stability. A study published by Science Direct found that patients with osteoarthritis who used knee sleeves experienced more balance and stability in their knee areas. These knee braces easily slide on the affected knee and compress the area.
Prophylactic Knee Braces
The American Academy of Pediatrics says that prophylactic knee braces prevent dislocation of the knee by absorbing impact caused by participating sports like football, especially for people who are offensive or defensive linemen, linebackers and tight ends. These football positions often receive a lot of contact that could dislocate their knees. These braces are constructed with unilateral or bilateral bars, hinges and adhesive straps.
American Family Physicians states that functional braces prevent dislocation of the knee by reducing rotations. These types of knee braces are used primarily by people who have suffered from an ACL injury or as part of their recovery after surgery. These knee braces also help with mild knee instability. This knee brace also decreases pain and helps athletes maintain knee alignment and control hyperextension.
Patellofemoral Knee Braces
American Family Physicians says that patellofemoral knee braces prevent dislocation of the knee when a person has some kind of surgical procedure. This type of knee brace protects this area from dislocation while improving a person's knee flexion and extension. It also decreases anterior knee pain syndromes, and athletes use it to improve their performance level.
Article Written By Cicely A. Richard
Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University.