Types of Knee Braces

Knee pain is a very common symptom in individuals of all ages and all activity levels. The pain may be caused by injury, recovering from surgery, or by ordinary wear and tear on the tendons and ligaments. The knee is one of the most used joints throughout our body, so pain is almost inevitable, and will most likely occur at some point in life.

Perhaps you have, or currently are, experiencing knee pain and are considering your options. Maybe you have been considering a knee brace? Like any other type of medical equipment, there are specific types of knee braces based on your individual needs and cause of pain. Aeroflow offers a wide range of knee braces so you are sure to find the best knee brace to conquer your pain.

Types of braces for knee pain/injury

There are four different types of knee braces:

Prophylactic Brace — Prophylactic knee braces are used as a preventative measure to reduce the chance of injury. This type of brace is commonly used in contact sports where the knee is vulnerable to injury.

Functional Brace — Functional braces provide support for those who have suffered a knee injury in the past. This is not a brace that facilitates healing, instead this brace is used once the knee has healed to create support and ensure that another injury does not occur.

Rehabilitative Brace — Unlike the functional knee brace, rehabilitative braces provide support for a healing knee either from injury or surgery. Since the knee is composed of tendons and ligaments, it is not casted as a bone would be to facilitate healing. A rehabilitative brace helps to minimize unnatural movement which could hinder the healing process but still allows for a certain degree of motion.

Unloader / Offloader Brace — Unloader braces are the most commonly used knee brace for those suffering from arthritis in their knees. These are used to reduce stress and weight which is constant on the inner portion of the knee. This type of brace usually precedes a surgery for knee replacement.

Bracing through insurance

While all of these knee braces must be prescribed by your healthcare provider, there are support sleeves that can be purchased without a prescription. However, it is encouraged that you speak with your physician about your knee pain so that you get the most appropriate care.

Many insurance companies may cover the cost of your knee brace and Aeroflow Healthcare can help you find out if you are covered. Simply complete our Qualify Through Insurance form and one of our Patient Care Representatives will review your information then contact you to discuss your coverage and options. Start taking care of your knee pain today!


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