Knee Braces for Arthritis
We have a wide range of knee supports and braces which can be used to help ease the symptoms of arthritis. The warmth provided by the knee braces and compression sleeves is therapeutic and helps to relieve knee pain. The level of support require from a knee brace will depend on the severity of your condition and the amount of activity you undertake. Compression sleeves and neoprene knee supports relieves knee pain from mild arthritis. Hinged knee braces provide the highest level of support and are ideal for those with moderate to severe arthritis. The durable and functional frames support the muscles, tendons and ligaments used to power your joints. This help to aid the movement of the knee without overworking it and causing more pain and exacerbating your condition.
Knee supports with patella openings offer optimal support and protection for unstable, injured or recovering knees, ligament sprains/tears, and of course arthritis, during sports or daily activities. The patella opening ensures proper patella alignment and efficient air ventilation without compromising motion, while bilateral hinges prevent hyperextension and help stabilize the knee and protect it from lateral impacts.
Knee supports with wraparound design allows for a quick and simple application without the need to remove shoes are a great option for those who struggle with mobility or need assistance to put on knee braces. Adjustable straps give the ability to control the level of support required throughout the day.
Are knee supports good for arthritis?
Knee supports help reduce the strain on the muscles, tendons and ligaments that support the joint. Often with arthritis these structures have to work harder to support a degenerative joint, therefore using a knee support can help reduce pain and prevent these supportive structures from overworking.
Should I wear a knee brace all day?
Ideally you should give yourself some time off during the day from wearing the knee support. Periods when you are sitting down may be suitable for removing the knee support. Taking the support off will help maintain better skin quality by allowing some air to the skin and preventing excess sweat or dry skin building up underneath the support. Removing the support will also prevent the ligaments, tendons and muscles from relying on the external support too much which will cause weakening of these structures. Knee supports should be used in conjunction with strengthening exercises to address the root causes of your knee pain. A physiotherapist can help diagnose and provide rehabilitation plans to suit individual injuries.
Should I wear a knee brace to bed?
Unless you are in terrible pain at night a knee support will not add much advantage whilst lying down. Arranging a pillow under your knee or ankle may provide better support and allow your skin to breathe without the support on.
How can I strengthen my knees with arthritis?
Strengthening not only the knees but hips, ankle and core muscles is vital in the management of arthritis. The muscles around the glutes are especially important for improving the stability of the knee, so strengthening this area should be a high priority. A physiotherapist can prescribe specific exercises, however, straight leg raises, knee bends over a towel or when seated in a chair are a good place to start. You want to ensure exercises are pain free and gradually progress them as strength is regained.