Neoprene knee braces are one of the most popular types of knee brace on the market.
Like all braces they provide good support to the knee joint reducing pain but the added advantage of the neoprene material is that it retains heat which helps promote healing and reduces swelling and pain.
Neoprene knee braces also help protect muscles and joints when exercising as they keep the body warm, even during periods of inactivity.
Neoprene is the best material out there at retaining heat and insulating. Neoprene is made from synthetic rubber and is commonly used in wetsuits. It works by preventing heat from escaping, thus trapping the heat next to your body. This increases the blood flow to the knee which promotes healing. The downside of neoprene knee braces is that they can cause a build-up of sweat as the heat and moisture stay next to the body rather than evaporating away and cooling you down.
There are a whole range of different neoprene knee braces
out there offering different levels of support. The best place to
start is to work out what level of support and protection you need from a
knee brace and then choose a style of brace.
Basic: for minor injuries, instability and pain. Low cost, very easy to put on, provides some support to the knee
Advanced: for mild to moderate injuries, instability and pain. Includes knee straps. Provide moderate support and most are adjustable, providing a better fit
Elite: for moderate to severe injuries, instability and pain. Provide maximum stability to prevent giving way. Some braces can be locked to restrict movement if require.
Here we will look at the best neoprene knee braces on the market, compare models, look at the pros and cons of the different styles available and how to choose the right size for you.
These neoprene knee braces provide basic protection for ongoing knee conditions and/or minor injuries and instabilities that require a low level of support and are perfect for mild knee pain, sprains, arthritis, weakness, tendonitis, cartilage irritation, knee bursitis and knee swelling. They are not suitable for moderate to severe instability and pain – in these cases you need advanced or elite protection. For more options visit the basic knee supports section.
Advanced braces have inbuilt supports to provide targeted support where needed and reduce the forces going through the kneecap by improve patellar tracking (how the kneecap moves). They provide moderate levels of support and reduce the forces through the knee for mild-moderate knee injuries, instability and pain including knee sprains, ligament tears, arthritis, cartilage tears, Runners Knee, Chondromalacia Patella, Osgood Schlatters and tendonitis. For more options visit the advanced knee brace section.
Knee straps are simple but extremely effective, and people often can’t believe how such a small strap makes such a difference to their knee pain. They are particularly good for conditions such as ITBS and patellar tendonitis. For other options visit the knee straps section.
Elite knee braces are the ultimate in protection. They are designed to provide the maximum level of support for moderate to severe knee pain and instability. They use a combination of splints and hinges to help provide support and prevent further injury. They are perfect for knees that repeatedly gives way due to moderate to severe injuries and pain e.g. ACL tears or following knee surgery. For other braces in the category visit the elite knee brace section.
As you will see, there are three options to choose from with neoprene knee braces and there are pros and cons for each:
1) Pull Up Sleeves: Easy to use and apply, these will provide
some support and warmth to your knee. Perfect for people who get
niggles when doing activities. These are generally the cheapest types of
knee support. Great to have in the cupboard for those inevitable
knocks! They come in a variety of sizes.
2) Wrap Around Braces: You can adjust these to fit your knee perfectly so they tend to stay in place better than pull up ones. They work well to accommodate any fluctuations in knee size with swelling. One size fits most.
3) Open or Closed Style: Some have a hole at the front for the knee cap (putting less pressure through it and allowing the knee to breathe) while others are closed supporting the entire knee (allowing more heat retention).
Choosing a knee brace can be difficult, especially as there are so many
different braces on the market. Neoprene knee braces are just one of
the options out there. To find the best knee 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 get the best reviews from
Safety Advice: Some neoprene braces contain latex.
Where 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 knee size falls between two sizes, it is usually best to go for the larger size for a better fit.
*Prices correct as of March 2017. All prices are subject to change. Please note we do not stock products directly and therefore have no control over price changes.
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