Supportive Products for the Knees
Joints make movement possible for our muscles and bones while also allowing flexibility and providing stability in various positions and wider motions. To help keep our joints functioning well at all times, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and different range of motion exercises to practice and improve its flexibility, while also making sure to be careful when carrying heavy materials, and using protection when participating in active sports and extreme activities. And because we use our joints continuously, it is easily subjected to stress and is often prone to injuries resulting from different accidents that can happen from time to time. In the case of an injury, handling it properly and applying quick intervention can help save the injury from further problems, control symptoms, and prevent complications especially if the patient cannot be taken to a hospital or clinic right away.
One of the joints that receive the most battering and cases of injuries is our knees. Our knees are our largest joints that support most of our body weight and help us walk, sit, and stand, which makes it the most used joint in our body, consequently subjecting it to injuries especially during sports activities, and can be easily affected by degenerative joint problems. When participating in physical sports, it is a helpful safety measure to don supportive gears to protect the body from the potentially harmful impact during collisions especially during rough sports.
Knee supporters are useful gears for both sports and injury needs, as it can provide ample support and protection on the knee joints, while other types can also alleviate pain and reduce inflammation by using compression. Knee braces can also be worn after joint surgeries to protect the knees and provide additional support during recovery to prevent undue strain, or to assist the patient during therapy or rehabilitation sessions.
Knee supporters are available in different types to fit various needs in support and compression amount, although most types are divided into sports use and injury use, with the former offering more protection and support, while the latter has more compression to control swelling and pain like in most cases of arthritis and other inflammatory disorders of the joint such as arthritis. Many support types are constrictive and closed, designed from elastic or firm fabrics, which are recommended for temporary use only as sustained constriction in a long time can add pain to the existing injury. Open knee supports with less constriction on the joint is also available for extended use as it is not likely to cause problems.
Choosing knee braces, however, needs professional advice especially when using the gear to relieve injuries or support rehabilitation. This is important as wearing the wrong type may cause further injury on the knees, so individuals must consult professionals first to determine which type will be the best for their case.