Knee Braces

Different types of knee braces are available, with or without a prescription, from light control to maximum stabilization.

Elastic knee supports are ideal for lightweight edema problems, hyper ligamentous laxity and for cases of arthritis or osteoarthritis at an early stage.

The patellar braces are effective to center and hold the patella in the correct mechanical alignment and to prevent any deterioration of the cartilage caused by inadequate friction of the femoral condyles.

They are generally prescribed for diagnostics such as:

  • Patellofemoral Syndrome
  • Chondromalacia
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Moderate cases of arthritis or osteoarthritis of the knee
  • Knee instability

These knee braces typically contain metal rods and/or aluminum joints which are intended to stabilize the whole knee.

Rigid knee braces have metal uprights attached to strips of plastic, metal or carbon fiber at the thigh and calf positions. They are designed to maximize knee stability in cases of ligament tears, sprains and severe arthritis or osteoarthritis at an advanced stage where it corrects the varus or valgus angle of the knee. Through a system of belts and rigid shells, the brace significantly reduces pathological movements associated to the injury by limiting unwanted ligament amplitude without preventing the normal anatomical movement.

Prescribed by medical specialists, they are generally paid for by either private insurance or by the Régie de l’assurance maladie. They treat trauma such as:

  • Partial or complete tear of the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments
  • External or internal collateral or meniscus

They can be used as soon as the surgeon gives his/her approval for weight bearing and also during rehabilitation periods. They can later be used as knee stabilizers during strenuous activity such as walking on uneven surfaces and practicing sports.

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