McDavid Knee Braces

Written By: Chloe Wilson, BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy
Reviewed by: KPE Medical Review Board

McDavid Knee Braces Guide. Find out which knee brace is best for you but comparing products and reading user reviews

McDavid knee braces are some of the most popular braces on the market. 

They offer a whole range of specially designed braces suitable for anything from a simple knee sprain to complete ligament tears. They are all made of heavy duty material so are very durable and long lasting. 

McDavid braces have good durability and are very simple to use. People generally rate them very highly. 

Here I share with you my favourite ones, those that consistently receive great reviews, provide good knee support and are cost effective.

McDavid knee braces are either one size fits all, or are available in five sizes. Simply measure around the centre of your knee and check our size guide below. 

There are three categories of McDavid knee braces, each offering different levels of support and protection: Basic, Advanced and Elite.

Basic: Protection Level 1

These primary McDavid knee braces are suitable for mild knee pain, sprains and instabilities and conditions such as arthritis, bursitis or runners knee.

How Do They Work?

1) They support the muscles and ligaments by providing compression to the knee
2) They help increase circulation by retaining heat which can help to promote healing

There are two types of basic knee brace:

1) Closed Sleeve Knee Support: A full sleeve provides support all around the knee joint and retains heat well

2) Open Sleeve Knee Support: Has a hole and support buttress at the front which reduces pressure on the kneecap which can be helpful when there is pain at the front of the knee e.g. from chondromalacia patella, or Runners Knee.

McDavid Elastic Knee Support

McDavid Elastic Knee Support

Overview: The McDavid elastic knee support is a popular basic pull on sleeve support. It is specially shaped to ensure it fits well, which is something you don’t always get with cheaper brands. It is also seamless behind the knee which reduces friction for extra comfort. 

My verdict: A great McDavid knee brace for mild knee pain either following an injury or with ongoing knee problems. It's a great to have in the first-aid kit. Average user rating 4.4/5.

Read: User Reviews    Buy Now: ON SALE (guide price $10/£7/€10)

Available in these countries

McDavid Open Patella Support

McDavid Open Patella Support

Overview: A popular pull on sleeve providing compression and soft tissue support. There is a hole and buttress at the front to reduce pressure on the kneecap, improving comfort and flexion.

Made of neoprene, the McDavid Open Patella Support retains heat to reduce pain and promote healing. It has an inner rubber surface reducing 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. Average user rating 4.1/5.

Read: User Reviews    Buy Now: ON SALE (guide price $15/£13/€21)

Available in these countries

Advanced: Protection Level 2

These advanced protection McDavid braces are suitable for mild to moderate ligament instabilities and/or knee pain.

How Do They Work?

1) Have adjustable straps and inbuilt supports to provide targeted support where needed
2) Reduce the forces going through the kneecap by improving how the kneecap moves
3) Retain heat which increases the circulation to the knee which can help to promote healing

Advantages: Wrap-around style braces often fit better and are easier to get on and off than pull on sleeves as you can adjust them to your knee. They tend to stay in place better and can be tightened as swelling reduces.

McDavid Adjustable Patella Knee Support

McDavid Patella Knee Support: Neoprene knee brace

Overview: This is one of the most popular McDavid knee braces for ligament & cartilage injuries and also helps relieve the symptoms of chondromalacia, 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 knee ligaments. The Neoprene material provides soothing heat and compression which relieves knee pain and swelling and promotes healing.

My Verdict: This McDavid knee brace is a classic design and is rated highly by users. It is fully adjustable so you don't have to 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. Average user rating 4.1/5.

Read: User Reviews   Buy Now: ON SALE (guide price $30/£33/€63)

Available in these countries

McDavid Knee Strap

McDavid Knee Strap

Overview: This McDavid knee brace reduces pain caused by patellar tendonitis (jumpers knee), osgood schlatters, chondromalacia patella and Runners Knee

The McDavid Knee Strap reduces forces going through the patella tendon due to a unique tubular buttress which applies constant, mild compression on the patellar tendon. It is perfect for people who do lots of running and/or jumping. Fully adjustable Velcro for perfect fit – one size fits all.

My Verdict: The foam cushion helps this strap stay in place therefore providing consistent support. It’s a bit more expensive than other makes but generally receives slightly better reviews from patients. Average user rating 4.3/5.

Read: User Reviews    Buy Now: ON SALE (guide price $11/£12/€17)

McDavid knee band available in these countries

McDavid Multi Action Knee Strap

McDavid Multi Action Knee Strap

Overview: This is a double band knee strap suitable for treating patellar tendonitis (jumpers knee), osgood schlatters, chondromalacia patella and Runners Knee. The extra strap also makes it good for general anterior knee pain around the kneecap as it helps correct patellar tracking (how the kneecap moves) and Illiotibial band (ITB) problems. The adjustable straps provide optimum fit and comfort.

It has two adjustable buttresses which can be placed top and bottom to reduce the forces going through the kneecap and patellar tendon, or at the sides to help prevent patellar subluxation. Made of neoprene.

My Verdict: I like the fact that you can move the two buttresses to where you most need them. However, the Mueller version is this brace receives better user reviews. Average user rating 4.1/5.

Read: User Reviews    Buy Now: ON SALE (guide price $22/£23/€55)

McDavid double knee strap available in these countries

Elite: Protection Level 3

Elite level braces are the ultimate in protection. They are designed to provide the maximum level of support for moderate to severe knee instability and pain.

How Do They Work?

1) Use a combination of splints and hinges to help provide support and prevent further injury
2) Made of stronger materials than level 1 and 2 to provide more support
3) Support soft tissues (muscles and ligaments) through compression
4) Promote healing by retaining heat which increases circulation

McDavid Hinged Brace with Cross Straps

McDavid Hinged Knee Brace with Cross Straps

Overview: This elite level super heavy duty hinged brace provides maximum protection combining bi-lateral geared hinges and elastic cross strapping for stability and ligament support.  

This McDavid Brace has fully adjustable straps ensure a perfect fit. The open padded buttress at the front supports the kneecap. The back panel is seamless and perforated making it both comfortable and breathable. Latex free. Perfect for recovering from injuries or surgery. 

My Verdict: I love the combination of adjustable cross straps along with the hinges providing excellent stability. And the breathable back panel stops the knee getting too sweaty. It is a good purchase if you really need to give your knee maximum support. Average user rating 4.3/5.

Read: User Reviews    Buy Now: ON SALE (guide price $59/£59/€65)

McDavid Pro Stabiliser II

McDavid Pro Stabiliser II Hinged Knee Brace

Overview: This brace is designed for moderate to severe knee instability and pain after knee injuries e.g. ligament and cartilage tears. It is also suitable for knee arthritis. It has two side hinges that prevent hyperextension (knee bending too far back), and rigid uprights providing additional sideways support whilst allowing freedom of movement.

The McDavid Pro Stabiliser is made of lightweight materials including aircraft grade aluminium gears that accommodate the natural gliding action of the knee. Neoprene sleeve provides therapeutic warmth and has a seamless, breathable back panel for improved comfort. Patellar support buttress helps improve patellar tracking. Fully adjustable Velcro straps ensure a perfect fit for your knee.

My Verdict: This offers great protection at a very reasonable price. Users consistently give it top ratings because it is easy to apply, comfortable and effective.  Average user rating 4.2/5.

Read: User Reviews    Buy Now: ON SALE (guide price $53/£48/€55)

Available in these countries

McDavid Knee Brace Size Guide

It is really important to get the correct size brace, otherwise it won’t stay in place properly, will not provide adequate support and will become uncomfortable. McDavid knee braces are either one size fits most or come in five sizes.

To get an accurate fit, measure around the centre of 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.

McDavid Knee Braces size guide

Other Knee Brace Options

There are other McDavid knee braces available, but they don’t all receive great feedback from users. All the ones I have chosen here get great reviews by people like you suffering from knee pain.

If you’re not sure you’ve found the perfect brace for you, visit the Knee Brace Overview to find out more about the different types of knee brace available and about other manufacturers.

  1. Knee Pain Guide
  2.  ›
  3. Knee Braces
  4.  ›
  5. McDavid Braces

Page Last Updated: 09/10/18
Next Review Due: 09/10/20

*Prices correct as of September 2018.  All prices are subject to change.  Please note we do not stock products directly and therefore have no control over price changes.  See advertising policy for more information.

Your Comments

Share your knee pain experiences with others, whether it be ideas, top tips, things that worked well for you, problems you've had etc.......

This comments section is moderated occasionally and posteriorly by our editorial team. Internet users posting comments here should not be considered as health professionals. 
Comments posted here should be designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her existing physician. See our full terms of use in the commenting policy section.