Our knees are essential to our mobility, from running to bending down, to even standing up. This is why even the smallest knocks to your knees require proper treatment to get them up and running again as quickly as possible. Besides physiotherapy, another key treatment is the utilisation of sports accessories, such as a knee brace or a knee support. There are currently several types of knee support, each designed to target specific parts of the knee. It is therefore important to know which one suits you best in order to maximise the efficacy of the support. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the common types of knee support available in Singapore and how you can find the right one for you.
The patellar support is a type of sports accessory that is normally used to alleviate mild knee swelling, and most people use this if they are unable to pinpoint the exact area of knee pain. There are two kinds of patellar support: closed and open. Closed patellar support is more suitable for jogging and brisk walking as it compresses your knee cap. However, it might be counterproductive for daily use, as the constant knee cap compression increases the risk of degeneration and could even worsen your pain instead. The open patellar support, on the other hand, supports daily use as there is no knee cap compression, and is a good option if you have difficulty squatting or climbing stairs.
Patellar Tendon Support
If you find your patellar tendon acting up when you’re running or jumping, then consider getting a patellar tendon support. It is a knee support that is designed to compress the patellar tendon to disperse the pain across the entire tendon, therefore decreasing the intensity of the pain. It is an effective sports accessory if you’re regularly participating in activities that require constant and intense jumping or running, such as basketball.
Dual Patellar Knee Strap
The dual patellar knee strap is a great option if you’re suffering from runner’s knee, jumper’s knee, Osgood-Schlatter Disease, or Patella Tracking. This knee support comprises the upper and lower strap — the upper strap targets quadriceps misalignment while the lower strap supports your patella tendon. Additionally, Rigorer’s dual patellar knee strap is made with breathable mesh fabric, providing you with greater comfort for prolonged usage.
If you’re looking for a more lightweight knee brace, the knee sleeve is an ideal alternative. As it doesn’t come with the bulk and weight of hinged braces, you can easily slip a knee sleeve right up your knee. It provides adequate knee compression, which helps alleviate knee swelling and pain, as well as minimise arthritis. Knee sleeves are also more inconspicuous and can easily fit seamlessly under clothing.
Hinged Knee Braces
Often used post-surgery, the hinged knee brace provides additional protection for those who need it. It keeps your knee properly aligned when it bends, which is essential in its recovery process as it minimises the risk of further injuries. Hinged knee braces comprises two variants — hard and soft, with the latter providing less support than the former, but is generally more comfortable.
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