Knee braces are used to help control movement in an injured or rehabilitating knee. Patients that have suffered ligament injuries will usually be required to wear a brace during the different stages of recovery. If the injury requires surgery, then the patient may initially be required to wear a post-operative brace. This type of brace is designed to minimize motion during the early period after knee surgery or a knee injury. During this time, the knee is attempting to heal and undesired motion could be harmful.
Upon return to sports requiring contact or side-to-side motions, a functional or ligament knee brace may be prescribed to provide support and protect the injured/reconstructed knee. These braces can be purchased as "off-the-shelf" or "custom-fit" braces. The "off-the-shelf" brace can be sized appropriately, so that the fit will allow the knee to move freely and comfortably with the knee's own natural motion. Custom fit braces are also available for the more difficult to fit patients.
Knee braces can be used to treat:
Pre-operative ACL/PCL ruptures or injuries
Non-surgical ACL/PCL injuries
General knee instability
Pre/post joint replacement with ligament instability
Grade II or III ligament sprains.