Selecting the Right Degree of Knee Support

There are an overwhelming amount of knee sleeves and braces available that range from custom designed and created ones to over-the-counter products. High-quality products are found within the whole spectrum of supports and sleeves, so consulting a physical therapist is wise. People who have participated in physical therapy, either after a surgery or injury or on an ongoing basis, may already have a support or brace that works well for them.

Continued Support

Depending on the problem with the knee, support will need to be adjusted as time goes on. Recovering patients will want to scale back the degree of support as the knee strengthens and regains flexibility. The first supports are often Hg80 knee braces because they are hinged for maximum support but also lightweight and comfortable. Those with degenerative or progressing issues may need to find stronger supports to maintain independent mobility. Some patients will only need light support on occasion to avoid re-injury.


Why Knee Injuries Are Common

Several factors contribute to the high rate of knee injuries and re-injuries. The first is the complexity of the joint. In addition to many muscles that are connected to the top and bottom of the knee, the joint itself contains four bones, four ligaments, cartilage, two menisci, and a multitude of tendons. Many issues can arise from a weakened knee.

Pressure

The most pressure on the body is felt in the knees, ankles, and feet. Constant wear and tear added pressure from excess weight and moving or twisting the wrong way can cause damage to the knees. Stumbling, falling, and shifting body position can tear ligaments, strain tendons, cause misalignment the kneecap, or burst the bursa sack which contains fluid. Some of these injuries can be treated with exercises, massage, and ultrasound technology, while others will require surgery.

Lack of Exercise

A sedentary lifestyle will make the moving joints stiff and weak. Exercise is the means by which the body becomes strong, flexible, and stable. People who rarely exercise can cause damage by tripping over a stone on the sidewalk or twisting the body to reach a low cupboard.

When beginning an exercise program, start off slow and talk to the doctor for recommendations on which exercises are best for the current health of your body. The doctor can also suggest the right degree of support for the moving joints. Exercise does not have to be strenuous or take a great deal of time. It only has to be consistent to increase strength and flexibility.

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