Will wearing a knee brace ease the knee pain?

2021-11-17 16:28

In this case, wearing a knee brace could help to alleviate some of your knee pain, especially when engaging in strenuous activities. Your pain started after a direct impact with a metal bar, which could have resulted in an underlying injury.
 
 
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While knee braces can help ease your pain, there are several different types and many are specific to a certain type of injury. Wearing the incorrect brace could exacerbate your current injury. The location of your pain on your knee may help you determine which brace will best suit your needs.
 
The easiest way to discover what brace will work best for you is to determine what part of your knee may be injured and causing you pain.
 
 
 
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Your knee joints require many moving parts to function correctly and allow you to have your normal range of motion. If one or more of these parts was damaged when the incident occurred then it may be flaring up whenever you partake in physical activity.
 
Bones - Tibia, Fibula, Femur, and Patella (kneecap)
Due to the type of injury you sustained, the primary concern would be your knee cap since it most likely bore the brunt of the impact. An x-ray would allow a doctor to see if a fracture was present.
 
Ligaments - Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL), Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL), Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL), and Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)
Any of these ligaments could have been damaged by the impact. In these tissues, micro tears can occur and cause varying levels of pain, they can also be completely torn but since you are able to engage in strenuous activity this is not likely. Micro tears are tiny tears in the tissue and can cause pain when under pressure from physical activity. An MRI is one way to give a physician a good look to see if you have any damage to your ligaments.
 
Cartilage - Medial Meniscus and Lateral Meniscus
These are both C-shaped pieces of cartilage in each of your knees. They help provide cushioning between the bones of your knee. Over time they can wear down and cause you to have friction between the bones of the joint.
 
Knee Brace Types and Uses
 
There are numerous braces out there which can make finding the right knee brace for you a challenging endeavor. Some are made for specific injuries and others are made for general knee support. Some common types of braces are:
 
Hinged Knee Brace - These are often used while recovering from major injuries or post-surgery to help stabilize the joint. They are also helpful after a bad twist or poor landing, the hinges provide support while keeping the knee properly aligned.  A knee brace and wrap assembly for protecting and stabilizing the knee joint against overextension, twisting, lateral impact, injury associated with immense muscular effort of the leg muscle and particularly the quadriceps, as well as other such trauma as can result from rigorous activity, such as football or skiing. The brace includes upper and lower leg support means secured to the outer sides of the thigh and calf. The support means can be contoured pads connected by a composite hinge assembly having three pivot points such that the pads will rotate relative to one another upon rotation of the knee about an axis that generally follows that of the knee. The composite hinge assembly has first and second fixed members secured to the leg pads, and first and second movable members comprised as hinge plates pivotally connected to each other and to the fixed members. Stop members limit rotation of the hinge assembly in both directions of rotation of the knee to limit rotation of the knee.
 

Wraparounds - These are more of a general support brace that wraps around the knee and usually straps in place using velcro or something similar. These can be worn while engaging in physical activity and often help with patellar injuries or patellar instability.

Compression Braces and Sleeves - This type of brace is often slim and easy to wear underneath clothing. They help with knee pain by providing support to the muscles and tendons in and around the knee. These can be worn all day or just during physical activity.

You indicated that your pain tends to occur during physical activity and your pain level is often determined by how strenuous the activity is as well as how active you are afterward. There are a few things you could try at home or after any activity the causes pain in your knee:
 
Ice - Try using ice packs on your knee after any activity that tends to cause you pain. The ice can help numb some of your pain but it will also help reduce any inflammation that may be happening inside your knee.
Elevation - If your knee bothers you at night try sleeping with your knee elevated. Doing this can help reduce pain the next day and alleviate some swelling if any occurs.
Stretch - It is always helpful to stretch both before and after physical activities. Doing this can help avoid future injuries and will often help reduce pain afterward.
If you are looking for a knee brace to make daily activities less painful, finding the correct brace is one important step. Using the right knee brace for your injury or condition can make activities less painful and therefore more enjoyable.
 
Disclaimer: If you are suffering from knee pain that is severe or long-lasting or you have sustained an injury to the knee, it is always best to seek a physician’s opinion. Your doctor will be able to properly diagnose your injury and advise you on the best course of treatment.