How to choose a knee pad that really suits you?

2021-10-02 09:20

How to choose a knee pad that really suits you?
 
The knee is a part where sports injuries often occur. Knee injuries not only affect sports functions, but also restrict activities of daily living.  knee pads play a big role in preventing knee injuries as well as protecting the injured knee,. So how do we judge whether we need to wear a knee pad, and how to choose a suitable knee pad?



Do we need to wear knee pads? It depends on whether we have the following needs:
 
 
1 Sports protection:
The knee is not injured, but it may get injured during strenuous exercise. It is necessary to wear a knee pad to prevent injury.
2 Prevention of injuries:
The soft tissues injury of knee joint, such as ligaments, need to wear knee pad to avoid aggravation of the injury and promote the recovery of the injury.
3 Force line correction:
The knee joint deforms due to diseases such as rheumatism. The abnormality of the lower limb force line caused by the joint deformation will aggravate the damage to the knee joint. In this case, we need wear a knee pad to correct the lower limb force line. At the same time, some knee pads also have the effect of keeping warm. Simply speaking, if your knee is healthy, you can wear a knee pad to avoid injury when participating in some strenuous exercise; if your knee has been injured, then wear a knee pad to avoid the further development of the injury and ensure the smooth completion of the exercise.


How to buy a suitable knee pad?

Patella covered type
1) Tubular knee pad: This type of knee brace can completely cover the knee joint, and play a certain role in fixing and supporting the entire knee joint. At the same time, it can control slight swelling of the knee, also could be used for the knee of arthritis patients to keep their joints warm.

 
Applicable to: People are with mild knee problems, difficult to distinguish the location of knee pain, or people who have the habit of jogging and brisk walking.
Note: It is not suitable for daily wear because the patella is completely covered. When the knee joint is bent more than 45 degrees, the knee brace will limit the relative position of the patella and femur, which will increase the probability of patella degeneration and aggravate knee joint pain. Therefore, people who often need to go up and down stairs or squat should not wear this kind of knee pads.
 
2) For people who have meniscus injuries and like to hiking, they can choose a supportive knee pad, which can share part of the weight on the meniscus to protect the meniscus.

 
3)For those who have ligament injuries and need to participate in sports, you can choose a fastened support knee pad. The tightness of the knee brace can limit the motion range of the knee joint, and the side support strip can effectively relieve the ligament pressure and prevent re-injury.


02  Patella pressure relief type
This kind of knee brace is designed with an opening at the position of the patella, and the opening is specially thickened and strengthened. To a certain extent, the design of the opening reduces the pressure of the knee brace on the patella. At the same time, it can better fix the patella, avoiding the abnormal movement of the patella and causing friction and pain.

 

Applicable to: People with patella abnormal movements, pain on the back part, people who have difficulty going up and down stairs and squatting, and people who often run. This type of knee brace does not compress the patella and restrict the bending of the knee joint, it also can be worn in daily life.
 
The two sides of knee pads cannot be ignored:
Knee pads take on a part of the muscles’ tasks around the knees, assisting to support and maintain the stability of the knees, thereby protecting the knees.  But long-term use of knee pads will cause the muscles to not get enough exercise then become weaker and weaker. Once the knee pads are not worn, it will be more easily to get knee injuries.
Therefore, for people with healthy knees, general exercises such as short-distance jogging, walking, riding, etc. do not need to wear knee pads. For people with knee injuries, knee pads can be worn appropriately, but at the same time, we have pay attention to the exercise of the muscles around the knees.