Are you trying to figure out which knee brace would be best for you?
Are you on the fence about getting one, and need some more information before making your mind up?
1.) Introduction To This Article
We will talk about the knee and its anatomy first in this free article. Next we will get into reasons why knee braces can help. Not everyone needs one, so it is wise to read through this free information first before getting one.
2.) Knee Anatomy
The knee connects the legs and feet by muscles, ligaments, and tendons connected to each other. Every bone end is covered with a coating of cartilage that absorbs shock and protects the knee. When the knee is in trouble, the muscles, cartilage and joints are in danger too.
There are two groups of muscles in the knee: the quadriceps that are located on the front of the thighs and straighten the legs, and the hamstring muscles which are located on the back of the thighs and which helps bend the leg at the knee. The knee consists of the tibia, femur, patella, cartilage, synovial membrane, ligaments, the patellar tendon, and meniscii. Each need to be protected, especially after an injury occurs. – The ligaments are a very important part of the knee; it serves as bands that help to provide support to the joint and limit the joint from excessive movement. When ligaments are injured, the knee joint becomes unbalanced and this can cause intense pain or instability problems.
3.) The Severity of Your Knee Problems
The severity of your knee problems can vary, of course. Mild knee problems do not need as much protection as a more serious ligament rupture of course. Just because the ligament consists of tough, elastic connective tissue that surrounds the joint to give support and limits the joints movement, it does not mean that it should not be taken care of. It is someone’s obligation to protect his/her own knees. Protecting the ligaments is like protecting the other parts of the knees.
4.) Brace Choices For You
For more mild knee problems, you may only need to look at knee braces that are elastic in nature. Usually this means that they are made from drytex or neoprene. Many times people will like a drytex knee brace because they say it breathes better.
When you get a more involved knee brace, this means that your knee problem is considered to be more than just “mild” in severity. Hinges of different strengths can be used to help limit side to side movements and excessive front to back movements that can further your knee injury. Just because a brace has a hinge on it does not mean that you will not be able to easily use it. The hinges are there for your benefit. They only help to stop movements that can hurt you. – For more information about which knee support you may need you should contact your brace professional to help tailor a brace type to your knees needs.
*This is health information. Although we believe in the benefits of knee support, this is not medical advice. It is important to speak to your doctor about medical advice that pertains to your particular situation.