Knee braces are a popular treatment option for people with mobility issues, knee injuries, and knee pain, so knowing when wearing one will help you--and when it won’t--is an important part of healing and injury prevention.
There are two main reasons to wear a knee brace: structural support and pain relief.
Knee braces for structural support can be either preventative or healing in nature. Many football players, for example, wear knee braces as a preventative measure in a sport that frequently puts intense pressure on the knees.
For people who have undergone surgery or have torn ligaments, knee braces can help stabilize the knee and provide support during the healing process. To get the best results, consult with your doctor to determine whether or not you should be using a knee brace, and which type of knee brace will be most appropriate for your needs.
Knee braces can also be effective pain relief tools. These braces can reduce injury or osteoarthritis related pain by “unloading” some of the stress and pressure put on the knee.
This “unloading” knee brace is most effective when it’s custom made for your injury; after taking a mold of the knee, the brace is specifically designed with plastic, foam, and steel struts. The brace is engineered to limit side movement and force the knee to bend away from the injured area by putting 3 points of pressure on the thigh bone.
These braces are specifically designed for pain relief, not healing, but even if they don’t correct the source of pain, the pain relieving power of a knee brace is well worth it. When appropriate, they are a great way to supplement other pain relief therapies.
If you’re experiencing knee pain, have a knee injury, or engage in a high contact sport, wearing a knee brace could be an effective treatment option for you. Consult with your doctor if you think you might benefit from a knee brace.
Once you know if you should be wearing a knee brace, there are a few routes you can take to purchase one.
Not realizing that things like knee, back, and neck braces are covered by medicare and most forms of insurance, many patients head to CVS or walgreens and pick up a generic knee brace for full price.
Talking to a licensed durable medical equipment provider is the best way to ensure you’re getting the right brace for your needs, as well as using the full benefits of your insurance coverage.
Out of pocket costs will depend on the type of brace needed, its medical necessity, and the type of insurance you have, but chances are you’ll be paying far less for a higher quality brace if you go to a licensed provider rather than a generic chain pharmacy.
Tristar is a licensed durable medical equipment provider, and we can get you into a high quality, tailored brace that meets your needs at a fraction of the cost. Stop by and get fitted today!