Braces and Supports for Knee Pain

Man exercising for knee injury recovery

Overview

There are a number of different types of braces and supports, from Ace wraps and neoprene sleeves, to hinged and specialized braces. Your provider will help determine the appropriate device for you. You may also benefit from wedges or foot orthotics in your shoes to help align the leg and reduce stress on the knee.

Source:

Raja K, Dewan N. Efficacy of knee braces and foot orthoses in conservative management of knee osteoarthritis: a systematic review. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2011 Mar;90(3):247-62. 

RESCU Treatment Ratings

R = Risk      E = Effectiveness      S = Self-Care

C = Cost     U = Usefulness (overall rating)

1 = Least Favorable     5 = Most Favorable

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RISK: 5/5  

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There is little risk of serious injury from using support or braces.

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