Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Knee Braces- What works ?( Magnetic Knee Brace)

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Knee braces are supports that you wear for a painful or injured knee. Some people use them to prevent knee injuries during sports. Braces are made from combinations of metal, foam, plastic, elastic material and straps. They come in many sizes, colors and designs.

In general, there are 4 types of knee braces,
  1. Prophylactic (say: pro-fa-lack-tick) braces. These are designed to protect knees from injuries during contact sports like football.
  2. Functional braces. These give support to knees that have already been injured.
  3. Rehabilitative braces. These limit harmful knee movement while a knee is healing after an injury or surgery.
  4. Unloader/offloader braces. These are designed to provide relief to people who have arthritis in their knees.

Do knee braces work?

Maybe. Companies that make knee braces claim that their products work well. Scientific studies have not completely agreed. It's not clear what the knee braces actually do. Braces often work better in the laboratory than they do in normal use.

In general, functional braces and rehabilitative braces are the most effective. Braces help some people more than others. Some people are afraid that knee braces may actually increase the number of knee injuries in athletes. In general, most people who wear knee braces feel that they help. Doctors are trying to learn more about how well knee braces really work and when it's best to use them. Remember, the need for a brace should be determined by your doctor.

How do I use a knee brace?

During sports, knee braces should be used as directed by your doctor. Take care when putting the brace on to make sure that the hinges are where the knee bends. Straps, tapes or hook-and-loop tapes should be fastened around your leg. You should check the placement of the brace during activities to make sure that it hasn't moved. Poorly positioned braces can hurt rather than help you.

To work well, a knee brace should be worn during all activities that put you at risk of injury to your knee. Don't forget to warm up properly before beginning any athletic activity.

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