Advanced Knee Braces provide moderate support and protection for the most common causes of knee pain.
They are really easy to use, either being simple pull up sleeves or fastening with simple Velcro straps to provide the right level of support and compression required.
perfect for providing moderate levels of support and ideal for:
1) Short term use after minor injuries
2) Longer term use with ongoing knee conditions causing mild to moderate pain.
Advanced Knee Braces are perfect for moderate knee pain, sprains, arthritis, ligament injuries, instability, Runners Knee, Osgood Schlatters, Chondromalacia Patella, weakness, patellar tendonitis, cartilage irritation, bursitis and knee swelling. They are not suitable for severe instability and pain – in those cases you will need an elite level brace.
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
3) Reduce the forces going through the patella by improving patellar tracking (how the kneecap moves)
Most knee braces in this category are a wrap around style with adjustable Velcro straps allowing you to ensure an accurate fit, but there are a couple of pull up sleeves that offer advanced protection. They all tend to have a hole at the front to help support the kneecap and improve patella tracking. Knee Straps also fall into the advanced protection category, and are particularly useful for conditions such as Chondromalacia Patella and Runners Knee. They are covered in depth in the Knee Straps section.
Overview: This Neo G 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 – other braces tend to only have 2 straps. This brace is a Class 1 medical device registered with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.
My verdict: This is one of the best knee braces on the market offering advanced support and protection. I am a big fan of Neo G braces - they originated in the UK where they have received unrivalled reviews and they have recently become available worldwide. This brace is very reasonably priced and proves that braces don’t have to be cumbersome to give great support.
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Overview: This is one of the most popular McDavid braces for ligament and cartilage injuries, and also helps relieve the symptoms of Chondromalacia Patella, patellar subluxation and patellar tendonitis. It has special supportive steel springs that strengthen the brace on either side of the knee joint to improve stability and support ligaments. It also has supporting padded buttress around the kneecap to improve patellar tracking. The Neoprene material provides soothing heat and compression which relieves knee pain and knee swelling and promotes healing .
My Verdict: This McDavid brace is a classic design and it is rated highly by users. It is fully adjustable so it is often significantly more comfortable to wear and removes the worry about buying the right size. If you are looking to get a bit more support than a classic pull up design, it is well worth the money. McDavid is a trusted brand worldwide so you can’t go far wrong.
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Overview: This ACE Brace provides moderate support and stability by simulating the action of the knee ligaments without restricting normal knee movement. Has flexible metal side stabilisers provide medial and lateral stability. It is designed for use with arthritis, general knee soreness and swelling and supports weakened muscles, tendons and ligaments and helps reduce the risk of injury. The open patella design prevents slippage and reduces pressure through the kneecap which often exacerbates pain.
My verdict: If you want something cheap, but with more support than a basic brace then go for this one. Users rate it highly for comfort, support and durability. If you want an improved fit, then invest in a wrap around brace. It will cost you more but could work better.
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Overview: This Mueller knee brace is a lightweight, adjustable support that provides firm, comfortable compression without restricting movement. It is perfect for weak, injured or arthritic knees. 4 patented straps provide controlled compression and a perfect fit for your knee - especially helpful if you knee is prone to swelling. The open kneecap design helps stabilise the kneecap without putting any pressure through it. Its contoured design and Velcro cover minimises bunching and prevents friction behind the knee. Soft neoprene blend retains heat for soothing warmth to help relieve pain and promote healing. One size fits most.
My verdict: People find this brace really comfortable even when worn all day. Doesn’t cause any restriction behind the knee like some pull on sleeves do.
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Overview: Flexible dual side stabilisers provide support and medial/lateral stability when you walk, bend, run, jump or climb. Allows full range of movement whilst delivering comfortable support and protection. Open at the front to improve patella tracking whilst reducing pressure through the kneecap. Adjustable straps to ensure optimum fit and prevent slipping. Comfort fit sleeve reduces irritation behind the leg, and breathable material keeps you cooler and drier. Antimicrobial treatment inhibits growth of odour-causing bacteria.
My verdict: People often find this brace uncomfortable as the middle strap behind the knee can rub and restrict movement. Instead, I would recommend the McDavid Adjustable Patella Knee Support
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Choosing a brace can be difficult, especially as there are so many different ones on the market. If you are experiencing mild pain, or are looking for some gentle support following an injury such as a sprain, a Basic Level Brace will be perfectly adequate for you. If you have had a serious injury and need maximum support, you will need an Elite Level Brace to provide you with adequate support and prevent further injury.
To find the best brace for you, visit the Knee Brace Guide to find out about the different styles of brace available, what conditions they are suitable, and which ones are my Star Buys, based on the opinions of people just like you.
Where knee braces come in more than one size, it is important to get the right one otherwise they won’t work effectively and may be very uncomfortable. Measure around the widest part of the knee and choose from the options below. If your size falls between two sizes, it is usually best to go for the larger size for a better fit.