Knee Braces

  • McKesson Knee Brace McKesson Brand 155-81-82393

    McKesson

    McKesson Neoprene Knee Brace

    Equipped with bilateral hinges that provide added support and stability Designed for mild MCL and/or LCL sprains, mild arthritis, post arthroscopic meniscetomy, and mild global instabilities Ideal for everyday activities and can be used in saltwater or...

    Starting at $25.09
  • McKesson Knee Immobilizer McKesson Brand 155-79-96018

    McKesson

    McKesson Foam Knee Immobilizer

    Ideal orthopedic solution for immobilization of the knee joint.Adjustable medial/lateral stays and rigid posterior stay provide stability Dual contoured, I-beam posterior stays and moveable medial/lateral double stay casings for correct fit Elastic...

    Starting at $15.49
  • McKesson Knee Immobilizer McKesson Brand 155-79-96012

    McKesson

    McKesson Foam

    Ideal orthopedic solution for immobilization of the knee joint.Adjustable medial/lateral stays and rigid posterior stay provide stability Dual contoured, I-beam posterior stays and moveable medial/lateral double stay casings for correct fit Elastic...

    Starting at $17.99
  • Scott Specialties Knee Support Scott Specialties 9074 NAV M

    Scott Specialties

    Scott Specialties Neoprene Knee Support

    Knee supports can prevent injuries or alleviate pain so you can stay mobile. It does so by retaining body heat and distributing compression evenly. This one is made of dark blue neoprene and has black Hook-and-loop strap closure.Pull On / Hook and Loop...

    $25.09

Knee Braces

Knee braces serve a variety of purposes. They are sometimes part of the treatment plan for those recovering from surgery, such as an ACL repair. In addition, a knee brace may be helpful if you have osteoarthritis of the knee. It can also prevent an injury or re-injury. The brace you choose depends on the knee issue you’re experiencing and how much support is necessary to protect the joint.

How Much Support Do You Need?

Different knee braces offer varying levels of support — from soft-knee sleeves offering light protection and the full range of motion to rigid, hinged knee braces that provide maximum support and limited movement. Labels on the product define the level of support they provide, such as:

  • Light support (level 1 support) such as a compression sleeve is appropriate for general pain relief. This level of support allows you to remain fully active and doesn’t restrict the knee’s range of motion.
  • Moderate support (level 2) provides more protection and stability but limits movement. This level of support is often beneficial for problems such as tendonitis or ligament instability.
  • Maximum support (level 3) is a rigid or semi-rigid brace. Knee support braces in this category strictly limit the motion of the knee (with hinged braces) and may even immobilize it completely. This level is often part of a post-surgical plan or used for major joint instability.

Types of Knee Braces

There are four broad categories of knee support products.

  • Knee sleeves are a type of compression knee brace. They are easy to put on, low profile, and worn beneath your clothes. Knee sleeves redistribute the weight-bearing load and are beneficial for arthritic knees and chronic knee pain. Because they allow a free range of motion, they’re probably the best knee braces for running.
  • Wraparound braces provide moderate support and help relieve mild-to-moderate pain. They also provide stability in cases of patellar (kneecap) dislocation or instability. As the name suggests, they wrap around the knee and close with straps. They are easy to put on but are bulkier than compression sleeves.
  • Hinged Braces may be soft or rigid, providing moderate (soft hinged brace) to maximum (rigid hinged brace) support. Hinged knee braces hold the knee in proper alignment and strictly limit the amount of movement possible. They are for after knee surgery or when recovering from a ligament injury.
  • Knee bands or straps are a type of brace that provides support and pain relief for conditions such as the runner’s knee and jumper’s knee by putting pressure on the tendon, which holds the kneecap in place. They are like elbow straps for tennis elbow and fasten around the calf directly below the kneecap.

Open or closed patella

Knee sleeves, wraparound braces, and hinged braces also have the option for either an open patella — a hole in the center of the brace, over the kneecap — or a closed patella. Open patella braces provide more kneecap support and relieve pressure on the kneecap, while closed patella braces provide consistent pressure across the whole knee.

If you’re unsure which version of the knee brace is appropriate for you, talk to your doctor or orthopedist.