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Common Types of Knee Supports

Regularly participating in physical sports can help to maintain an active and healthy body as it improves the body’s flexibility and strength, which also helps in our overall circulation. However, when participating in any physical sports, proper care must be taken especially when playing a sport that involves physical contact and collision, which can pose serious risks for individuals that are not trained sufficiently. These risks are actually inevitable even for the most seasoned players, as any sports that requires physical contact with other players often become rough as it goes, so it is only important to put on protective apparels to prevent severe injuries from collision. These supportive apparels are also available in forms that can be used for injury management, aside from the usual types used in sports to protect joints.

Knee supports are garments worn temporarily to prevent further injury and swelling on the knee, and reduce discomfort, which is often helpful as an initial intervention when waiting for professional treatment. When intended for use in injury management, individuals must seek advice from professionals first as it can only provide temporary relief, but treating the case still needs medical intervention.

For new consumers that need more information about this gear, here are some of the common support types that are available in the market today:

Stabilizing Support- this type is commonly adjustable, and is worn by athletes that had previous ligament-related injuries and need a fair amount of support while playing.

Hinged Knee Support- often recommended for athletes that have a repaired ligament as it adds protection and stability to the ligaments, but has a metal material which may not be suitable for other types of sports.

3. Closed Patellar Support – ideally used for walking or jogging exercises, and is helpful in controlling swollen and painful knees, but should be removed at times to prevent excessive constriction that can lead to more pain.

Open Support- provides support with an open structure, which prevents too much constriction, that makes it possible to be worn every day without any risks.

5. Patellar Tendon Support – supports the knee cap tendon for individuals that experience knee pain when jumping or running.

Before wearing a knee support, it is also important to consider what type of injury or sports it will be used for, as most types are only indicated for specific cases, and wearing the wrong type can aggravate your case more. Knowing how often it must be worn is also important to prevent too much constriction, which can cause more injuries, especially if the one wearing it needs to move around a lot.