Different Types of ACL Knee Braces and How They Work
Different Types of ACL Braces
An ACL knee brace is an external device designed to be worn for a painful or injured knee. You can also wear knee braces to prevent knee injuries such as ACL. Knee braces are constructed from a combination of elastic materials, plastic, foam, metal, and straps. There are several types of ACL knee supports, and they all come in a variety of sizes, designs, and colors. Here are the different general categories of ACL braces.
Prophylactic Knee Braces
Prophylactic braces are some of the most common types of knee braces. These knee supports are designed to lessen the likelihood of knee injuries during contact sports without limiting knee movement. Knee braces have become standard equipment in some sports. In football, for instance, collegiate and professional linemen wear braces on both knees to protect from injury.
Functional braces are designed to protect knees that have already been injured. Doctors often prescribe a functional knee brace after the patient has regained full range of motion after ACL surgery. Functional braces stabilize the knee and control motion to prevent another injury. These braces are usually durable and suitable for participation in contact sports such as football.
Rehabilitative knee braces are used to limit potentially harmful knee movement while you recuperate after recent knee surgery or injury. Rehabilitative braces work to protect a reconstructed or repaired ligament. These supports restrict movement to protect the injured area while you prepare for a return to activity.
Unloader or Offloader knee braces are a special type of knee brace used to provide pain relief for persons who have unicompartmental knee arthritis. This type of knee braces unloads stress from the affected joint by placing pressure on the opposite side. Unloader braces are specifically used by people who suffer from medial compartment knee osteoarthritis.
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