Injury is part of our lives. Our natural affinity for physical activity – such as sports – put us in danger of having an injury. One of the worst injuries which can happen to an individual is knee injury.
Jared D. Ingram, The Sequitur April 21, 2016
Examples of knee injuries are ACL or anterior cruciate ligament, torn meniscus, fractures, ruptured tendons, and overuse. Knee replacement surgery works, but so can nonsurgical techniques, like knee bracing.
People who have patella tracking, patella tendonitis or Osgood-Schlatter disease are advised to use a certain type of knee brace—a wraparound knee sleeve. Wraparound knee sleeves are designed to support the bones and muscles in the knee pending the injury. The injury won’t heal if the muscles are used continually, even if there is already a pending injury.
Many people choose a wraparound knee sleeve because it is cheap, comfortable and easy to use. Just check the manual or ask your physical therapist how to use a wraparound knee sleeve. In fact, even those without knee injuries often use flexible, wraparound knee sleeves to feel safer and avoid knee injury.
However, self-treatment is not recommended. A person with a pending knee injury must seek medical intervention before using knee braces. If used improperly, knee braces can aggravate a pending knee injury. Most orthopaedic knee braces are specialized devices intended for the treatment of specific knee ailments and perform best when fitted by an experienced orthotist.
Once your doctor has approved the use of a knee sleeve for general purpose protection and comfort, a wide variety are available right off the shelf. If your store bought, wraparound knee sleeve feels uncomfortable, give it a day or two for your knee to adjust to the feeling.
Get a diagnosis from your doctor and learn more about your condition first. Your orthotist can help protect your knee, reduce damage and provide relief from knee pain with a custom stabilizing or unloader knee brace. Children and adolescents with patellar instability are often prescribed specialized knee-immobilizer braces and transitioned to patella-stabilizing orthoses.
Source The Sequitur
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