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Knee braces : Choosing the right one for you

Knee injuries can be difficult to deal with. Whether you had a recent injury or have prolonged persistent knee pain, it makes your daily active routine difficult. There are different types of knee injuries and therefore every knee pain/injury needs a different method to recover for you to get back in shape. Physiotherapy and rehab are definitely recommended, however, if you are in intense pain it may limit the use of a lot of exercise regime. In such cases, we recommend knee braces. Whether you have a serious injury such as an ACL tear or a less severe injury such as a knee sprain a brace can help get you on the road to recovery. 

Knee braces are quite common and help provide support and protection for your knee. Knee braces are recommended based on the specific condition and for that reason, you need to know how to choose the right knee brace.

What is the purpose of using a knee brace

Are you using it for Is protection against injury or as a part of your pain management or rehabilitation process?  If you are using it for post-surgery pain, we recommend that you first visit a physiotherapy clinic in Barrhaven for a proper diagnosis. At Care2Cure Physiotherapy and Rehab, our team of registered physiotherapists evaluate the condition of your knee pain and accordingly suggest the right knee brace for your condition.

Identify the level of pain or injury

There are mainly two types of injuries: acute and chronic. Acute knee injuries are related to bone fractures or ligament tears, while chronic is classified by prolonged pain.

We will diagnose your condition and after assessing your condition and severity of your pain we prescribe a certain brace type or create a custom fitting knee brace for better support and protection.

Every knee brace is made for a specific condition

Generally, there are four main types of knee braces: prophylactic, functional braces, rehabilitative and patellofemoral braces

Prophylactic braces are made to protect against knee injuries during intensive sports, while functional braces are mainly used to support already injured knees.

Rehabilitative braces on the other hand are designed to limit knee movements after suffering a heavy injury or surgery. Patellofemoral braces are used for patellofemoral pain syndrome to help the kneecap move with the better flexibility over the joints.

There are different types of knee braces designed to protect and heal the pain viz. knee sleeves, knee pads, knee straps, Patellar Tracking Orthotic, hinged knee support, and custom knee braces. 

Care2Cure Physiotherapy can help 

Knee braces help strengthen, bring flexibility and balance, and ease of movement. Choosing the right knee brace is very essential and this is when you take the help of a physical therapist in Barrhaven.

If you have questions regarding how and when to use the brace or any other concerns, we will be more than glad to help you find a solution.

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