Custom Athletic Knee Braces
Knee injuries are one of the most common types of injuries that are experienced by athletes. Knee pain limits every aspect of a person’s activities. Severe knee pain can reduce one’s ability to work, walk, climb stairs, participate in sports, and even enjoy life. Some knee injuries heal on their own while others, may require physical therapy or even surgery in order to heal completely. Athletes who have suffered even minor knee injuries often turn to athletic knee braces to provide the support and comfort that they need throughout the healing process.
Types of Knee Braces
There are a few different types of knee braces that are available for athletes who are recovering from a knee injury. These are knee immobilizers, Bledsoe braces, Patella control braces, and motion control braces. Bledsoe braces are often prescribed to patients who have had knee surgery, including surgery for a torn ACL. Knee immobilizers are occasionally prescribed post-surgery. They can also be worn after injuries that require complete immobilization of the knee in order to aid in recovery. Patella control braces perform just as the name suggests. They are designed to hold the patella in place during walking, running, and bending. For simple strains and stretched ligaments, motion control braces support the ligaments on both the inside and outside of the knee and are an ideal option for all athletic activities that include repetitive bending, pivoting, or sudden starting and stopping of motion.
Risks of Knee Braces
Knee braces are very beneficial to those who have suffered knee injuries. The primary risk of wearing a knee brace during athletic competition is that the brace stabilizes the ligaments and limits the range of motion of the muscles in the knee. Some athletes fear that this may result in the inevitable weakening of the knee muscles in instances where the brace must be worn for an extended period of time.
Athletes Who Wear Knee Braces
There are many famous athletes who have noticed the benefits of wearing supportive knee braces during athletic competition. A few include:
Wes Welker of the New England Patriots, who wears a knee brace to treat his MCL and ACL injuries.
Carlos Beltran of New York Mets’ fame, who can be seen wearing a knee brace in the outfield to provide support after knee surgery.
New York Jets’ tackle, Kris Jenkins
Cardinal’s wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald wears a knee brace every time he plays in order to relieve the pain of a sprained knee.
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