Neo G knee braces are rapidly growing in popularity and receive consistently good reviews from users. Originally only available in the UK, Neo G braces have now launched worldwide.
All Neo G braces are
Class 1 medical device registered with the Medicines and Healthcare
products Regulatory Agency. I am really impressed with these braces and
users frequently comment on how comfortable, supportive and great value
for money they are.
All Neo G knee braces are a wrap around style. This style often fits better than pull up sleeves as you can adjust them to your knee, and they are really easy to get on and off rather than having to pull them up your leg. They tend to stay in place better than pull up sleeves and they can also be tightened as swelling reduces. All of these Neo G knee braces are made from heat therapeutic neoprene which helps improve local circulation, beneficial in the relief of arthritic pain or chronic aches and stiffness.
There are 4 categories of Neo G knee braces, each offering different levels of support and protection. We will look at what conditions they are suitable for, how they work and which ones are most effective:
1. Basic Support: for minor injuries, instability and pain
2. Intermediate Support: for mild-moderate injuries, instability and pain
3. Advanced Support: Provide maximum support for moderate to severe injuries, instability and pain
4. Knee Straps: For patellar tracking problems and tendonitis
1) They fit snugly providing some compression to the knee which helps support the soft tissues (muscles and ligaments)
2) They retain heat which increases the circulation to the knee which can help to promote healing
There are 2 types of basic knee brace, open and closed:
Closed Full Sleeve Knee Support: A full sleeve provides support all around the knee joint and retains heat well
Open Sleeve Knee Support: This style of knee
sleeve has a hole and support buttress at the front. This reduces the
pressure on the kneecap which can be helpful when there is pain at the
front of the knee eg from
or Runners Knee.
Overview: This Neo G knee brace provides compression, support and warming relief to the entire knee complex without restricting movement. At only 2.5mm thick, it can easily be worn under your clothes, providing dynamic support whilst still allowing full range of motion in all directions.
My verdict: This Neo G brace provides good basic level support and actually stays in place, unlike many other knee braces. Reviews are extremely positive however if you have problems with your kneecap, the open sleeve may suit you better.
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Overview: This Neo G knee brace improves stability by eliminating unwanted gliding and twisting at the knee. The brace ensures that weight bearing pressure during movement is more evenly distributed over the joint, which helps ease arthritic and meniscus pain. It features a patella opening with a stitched buttress giving reinforced support to the patella and anterior knee.
My verdict: A good, simple yet effective knee brace. I personally prefer open patella knee braces like this as they give better support to the kneecap without putting pressure through it. They also allow the knee to breathe better so get less sweaty.
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1) Have inbuilt supports to provide targeted support where needed
2) as with the more basic open knee supports, they have adjustable straps, provide improved support for the knee cap and are made of neoprene to retain heat for healing.
Overview: This Neo G knee brace provides great support and compression, and has metal spiral support stays to stabilise the knee whilst allowing controlled movement. It is particularly good for sports and skiing. The open patella area helps reduce pain associated with patella tracking problems, and offers relief from bursitis injuries and inflammation. It has 3 adjustable straps which allow variable compression and ensure a custom fit around the entire knee complex.
My verdict: This is one of the best knee braces on the market offering intermediate support and protection and is my favourite Neo G brace. It is very reasonably priced and it proves that knee braces don’t have to be cumbersome to give great support.
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Advanced braces are designed to provide the maximum level of support for moderate to severe knee pain and instability. They are suitable for moderate to severe cruciate and collateral ligament sprains, instability, Bursitis, Meniscus injuries and Arthritic pain.
1) Use a combination of splints and hinges to help provide support and prevent further injury
2) As with basic braces, they also support soft tissue through compression and promote healing by retaining heat.
Overview: This Neo G knee brace has an exclusive two point geared hinge system to control flexion and extension movements preventing hyperextension (knee bending too far back). It also reduces sideways instability. Featuring 3 adjustable straps, this brace provides maximum joint protection and stability. The open patellar area helps reduce patellar tracking problems and pain.
My verdict: The hinge actually makes it easier to bend and straighten the knee whilst providing the necessary support. Simple to use and comfortable.
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Knee straps are designed to put pressure through the patella tendon and provide support underneath the kneecap, therefore improving patellar tracking. This helps reduce the forces going through the kneecap and patella tendon. They are simple but extremely effective, and people often can’t believe how such a small strap makes such a difference to their knee pain.
Overview:The Neo G patella band features a silicon
pad, designed to be worn directly below the kneecap, over the patellar
tendon. This acts as a buffer and reduces the forces going through the
kneecap and tendon. It also helps improve patellar tracking (how the
My verdict: Most patellar bands are just a strip of Velcro, but this has a plastic loops for tightening the band making it easier to apply than other straps, however it is a little pricey. If you want a cheaper alternative, try the Mueller Knee Strap.
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Choosing a knee brace can be difficult, especially as there are so many different braces on the market. Neo G knee braces are just one of the options out there.
To find the best knee brace for you, visit the Knee Brace Overview section to find out about the different styles of brace available, what conditions they are suitable for, and which ones get the best reviews from users.
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