McDavid Knee Braces
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?
- They support the muscles and ligaments by providing compression to the knee
- They help increase circulation by retaining heat which can help to promote healing
There are two types of basic knee brace:
Closed Sleeve Knee Support: A full sleeve provides support all around the knee joint and retains heat well
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.
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.
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.
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?
- Have adjustable straps and inbuilt supports to provide targeted support where needed
- Reduce the forces going through the kneecap by improving how the kneecap moves
- 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
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.
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.
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
version is this brace receives better user reviews. Average user rating 4.1/5.
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?
- Use a combination of splints and hinges to help provide support and prevent further injury
- Made of stronger materials than level 1 and 2 to provide more support
- Support soft tissues (muscles and ligaments) through compression
- Promote healing by retaining heat which increases circulation
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.
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.
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.
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.
Page Last Updated: 18/01/23
Next Review Due: 18/01/25
*Prices correct as of May 2023. 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.