This type of knee brace is used to support your knee joint along with the surrounding tissues but allows your knee to maintains flexibility. There are many different designs that come from a number of manufactures. A hinged knee brace, in general, will consist of some type of wrap that will wrap around your leg at your knee. There will be a hole over your kneecap and hinges on either side of your knee joint. This type of medical equipment is used by many recreational and professional athletes as a preventative measure and in response to an injury.
More than one type of condition or injury can benefit from using such medical equipment. Most of these are low-grade or minor but there are also different types of injuries that are more severe along with acute conditions that can benefit from this brace. There are two common knee injuries, which can benefit from such type of medical equipment. This includes two strains of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). When an athlete wears this hinged type of medical equipment, it helps to stabilize and support the joint. This can help to prevent further injury and bring relief from the pain.
Using such a medical equipment for the knee can also benefit people who are suffering from tendinitis, runner’s knee, and patellar or meniscus injuries. Other medical conditions that a hinged knee brace can help include inflammation from myositis, bursitis, and arthritis. The brace can also help those who have Osgood-Schlatters disease. Sometimes after having surgery on your knee you will wear this type of knee brace to help protect the tissues that have been repaired surgically during the process of healing.
You can get a hinged knee brace in many different configurations. These braces can be double or single hinged. They may or may not have a compression wrap or sleeve that will envelop your knee except for a window over your kneecap. In addition, some have only the bands and hinges that circle your leg below and above your knee. These types of braces only provide stability and lateral support.
You cannot purchase such a type of medical equipment over-the-counter. Only a qualified health professional or physician can recommend this type of brace. It is not a knee brace that should be used as a cure for any injury or condition. A hinged knee brace is only intended to help prevent various medical conditions and injuries or as one part of a treatment. On their own, they cannot repair or cure knee problems. A knee brace should not be a substitute for proper medical care because this could result in aggravating an existing condition or in a more severe injury.