Pull up knee sleeves are really simple to use, cheap, and provide some support and warmth to the knee. They come in a variety of sizes to ensure that they fit correctly.
They are perfect for providing low levels of support and ideal for:
1) short term use after minor knee injuries
2) longer term use with ongoing knee conditions causing mild to moderate knee pain.
They are great to have in the cupboard for those inevitable knocks!
Knee sleeves provide basic protection and are perfect for mild knee pain, sprains, arthritis, weakness, tendonitis, cartilage irritation and knee swelling. They are not suitable for moderate to severe instability and pain – in these cases you need advanced or elite protection.
There are 3 options to choose from with knee sleeves:
1) Open: Some have a hole at the front for the knee cap, putting less pressure through it and allowing the knee to breathe
2) Closed: A complete sleeve supporting the entire knee and allowing more heat retention
3) Inbuilt Stabilisers: Some have side stabilisers which provide extra support for the knee ligaments.
There are a number of different knee sleeves on the market. Here I share with you my favourite. Those that people find comfortable, supportive and good value for money. They are all from trusted brands, and can work really well to reduce knee pain, swelling and weakness.
Overview: A popular pull on sleeve providing basic support. It is sized and shaped to ensure it fits well, which is something you don’t always get with cheaper brands. It is also seamless behind the knee for extra comfort. Provides compression and retains warmth to promote healing and reduce pain. Fits left or right knee and comes in 5 sizes.
My verdict: This popular knee sleeve is excellent value for money and is my favourite closed knee support. It is easy to apply, stays in place, and is made of heavy duty material so long lasting. McDavid is a trusted brand worldwide so you can’t go far wrong.
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Overview: Open kneecap design prevents slippage and reduces pressure through the kneecap which often exacerbates knee pain. This ACE Knee Sleeve provides 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. Designed for use with arthritis, general knee soreness and swelling. Supports weakened muscles, tendons and ligaments and helps reduce the risk of injury.
My verdict: This is my favourite open knee brace on the market as it has the added advantage of side stabilisers for extra stability. Users rate it highly for comfort, support and durability.
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Overview: Black pull on sleeve that combines superior knee stabilization with the benefits of heat retention. Made of elastoprene – an innovative combination of breathable elastic and neoprene blend materials. This provides support and retains heat to help reduce swelling and aid healing, whilst releasing moisture to prevent excess sweating. Has comfortable reinforced edges which prevent rolling and slipping. Available in sizes Small/Medium Large/Extra Large
My verdict: This is a great simple pull up sleeve that provides moderate support. I like the elastoprene material that gives the benefits of heat retention to improve healing without making the knee all sweaty.
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Overview: This popular lightweight elastic pull on sleeve offers firm support for stiff, weak or sore knees without inhibiting movement. Its contoured design helps prevent bunching and slippage to ensure a proper fit. It provides compression and retains warmth to promote healing and reduce pain.
My verdict: A good basic pull on knee sleeve offering basic support and protection, but not right if you have a serious injury. Mueller is a trusted brand that has been making braces since 1960’s.
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Overview: A popular pull on sleeve providing compression and soft tissue support. This model features a hole and buttress at the front to reduce pressure on the kneecap, improving comfort and flexion. Made of neoprene, it retains heat to reduce pain and promote healing. It has an inner rubber surface reduces slippage and is seamless behind the knee for extra comfort. NB Latex free
My verdict: People report that is very comfy even when worn all day. It comes in a reversible black/red for the fashionistas amongst you!
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If you are looking for a knee brace that provides more support, or you would prefer an adjustable brace, I recommend checking out the knee brace overview which explains all about the different types of knee braces on the market and which ones get the best user reviews.
It is really important to get the correct size knee sleeve, otherwise it won’t work effectively and will be very uncomfortable.
To get an accurate fit, measure around the knee and chose from the options below. If your knee size falls between two sizes, it is usually best to go for the larger size for a better fit.
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