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Common Types of Knee Supports

Engaging in sports activities is one good way to stay physically active as it helps the body to develop strength and flexibility, and contribute to overall health by improving blood circulation. However, when participating in any physical sports, proper care must be taken especially when playing a sport that involves physical contact and collision, which can pose serious risks for individuals that are not trained sufficiently. And even for trained athletes, there are still risks once a game gets rough, that is why it is also important to wear protective gears to minimize the impact of collision during contact sports, which can cause injuries especially to the bones involved. These gears also come in sturdier types that are used to manage joint pain and swelling from injuries that may or may not be sports-related, such as in the case of joint problems from degenerative causes.

Supportive garments for the knees are elastic fabrics that are used temporarily for certain periods to limit injury and reduce knee discomfort from swelling and pain, which can be a helpful temporary intervention when professional help is not available. When intended for use in injury management, individuals must seek advice from professionals first as it can only provide temporary relief, but treating the case still needs medical intervention.

For new consumers that need more information about this gear, here are some of the common support types that are available in the market today:

1. Stabilizing Knee Support – this is an adjustable support which is commonly recommended for athletes with a previous injury on a ligament because of the moderate support that it provides which is just enough to not constrict the affected part while supporting it.

Hinge Type- these are given to athletes that suffered a worse case of injury that damaged the ligament as it also provides protection aside from stability, but may not be recommended for some sports because of its metal part.

Closed Knee Cap Support- ideally used for walking or jogging exercises, and is helpful in controlling swollen and painful knees, but should be removed at times to prevent excessive constriction that can lead to more pain.

Open Knee Cap Support- an opened version for the patellar support, which can be used daily unlike the closed type, as it does not compress the knee cap.

Knee Tendon Gear- supports the knee cap tendon for individuals that experience knee pain when jumping or running.

Prior to using supportive gears for the knees, consumers must also consider the type of sports or injury that they want to use it for, as there are specific types that are intended for each case, and putting on a wrong one can further worsen the case instead of alleviating it. Knowing its recommended frequency of use is also important to avoid excessive constriction that can aggravate pain or cause new injuries especially if a lot of movement is expected.

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