Knee Braces - Are they a Good Idea?
The question about using Knee braces to decrease pain & manage stability is the one that pops up too often. Majority of people who complain of long standing knee problems are advised by someone to try using a knee brace so that they can walk or run longer distances without having any pain or less pain.
Now that might work in the short run, yes the use of a knee brace may “numb” your pain as you navigate through those activities but “numbing” your pain is never really the solution to your problem, is it?
Let’s dive into what the Knee Brace will actually do:
The use of a knee brace provides external support to your knee joint that is typically supposed to be provided by your muscles and ligaments. Now because your joint is not functioning properly (for whatever reason) getting that external support does give you relief of symptoms & thereby you can get through activities like long walks, running, squatting, playing tennis etc without much pain if you have the brace on.
But since this is only temporary “covering up” your issue, you will eventually feel your symptoms even with the brace on since it has probably gotten worse with time & increased wear & tear.
Now note that there is an exception to this rule: when someone has had a surgery on their knee (they need to wear the brace as per their surgeon’s recommendation)
So what is the REAL solution to your Knee Problem?
Well, the real solution is based on what the problem really is. So, the first best step is to get a thorough assessment getting to the ROOT CAUSE of your problem & then the solution follows suit.
Did you know that based on a 2019 research study, about 25% of knee problems can originate from your spine (& this is different from sciatica) and hence your assessment starts there.
Want to learn more?
If you’re interested in learning more about your Knee problems, then feel free to request a copy of our Knee Newsletter! This Guide is specifically written for people who experience Knee problems with various activities. We know it’s confusing out there with all of the information floating around on Google and Facebook, and this is a valuable first step towards getting some real answers for your problem.
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