There are several different types of knee braces and supports for arthritis pain and fall into 3 categories:
Knee sleeves and basic knee braces with hinged supports
Advanced braces and compression sleeves
Mild OA Knee braces sleeves for arthritis are typically recommended for patients with mild pain that worsens with activity. They’re affordable, easy to wear, and easy to clean. Patients generally only wear them during activity. These can provide some of the support that you’re looking for, while also reducing pain and swelling. Their compression can also help keep your knee joint warm.
Advanced braces and compression sleeves are similar, in that they provide compression and support. These are typically more customizable, however, with large straps to ensure a custom fit. These are also typically used during exercise for people who experience mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis pain.
An unloader knee brace for arthritis is the most advanced type of brace support, and their use is typically reserved for people who experience moderate to severe pain. Unloader knee braces are specially designed to reduce the weight going through the parts of the knee affected by arthritis by changing the angle of the knee joint. Special hinges redistribute the weight to stronger parts of the joint. There are different unloader braces suitable for all severities of arthritis, mild, moderate and severe, but work best when only one side of the knee is affected.
Need help selecting a brace or support for your arthritic knee? Contact our physiotherapy team for a free consult.
Össur Formfit® Pro Knee OA is a dynamic, lightweight, and compressive knee sleeve for people in an early stage of knee osteoarthritis (OA). This unique knee support provides unloading and pain relief for the knee.
Össur Formfit® Pro Knee OA is a unique, compressive knee sleeve with a Dynamic ..
The Ossur Formfit OA Ease knee brace with patented 3-Point Leverage System provides easy-to-wear relief from mild-to-moderate unicompartmental knee osteoarthritis.
The Ossur Formfit OA Ease knee brace is a single upright brace with a Dynamic Force System™ strap designed to relieve pain from mild-to..
The Ossur Unloader One X knee brace is a medical device with biomechanical properties that is clinically proven to provide pain relief and functional improvements to people suffering from medial or lateral compartment osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee and degenerative meniscal tears.
The Unloader One..
The Pro-Tec X-Trac Knee Support Stabilizes patella, improving patellar tracking. Medical Application: Support for recovery from patellar and quadriceps tendonitis as well as patellar
tracking disorders that may cause chondromalacia and patella femoral pain. Design Theory: X shaped wrap app..
A soft, breathable knee sleeve that's more comfortable than neoprene, and offers better compression and support. Helps provide patellar stability
and compression of the surrounding areas. Great for patello-femoral pain syndrome, patellar tracking, chondromalacia, minor meniscus and ligament tear..
The DonJoy GENUFORCE™ Premium Elastic Knitted Support is a knitted knee sleeve that provides compressive support & comfort.The perfect knitted knee sleeve to help stabilize and compress your knee while maintaining comfort and breathability. The softness of the yarn allows for wrinkle..
The Dynatrack Patella stabilizer brace will support your recovery every step of the way. MedSpec has created a patented buttress design that applies steady pressure to the knee in any position. Available in Coolflex or Neoprene material.The MedSpec Dynatrack Patella stabilizer bra..
Gripper hinged knee brace provides stabilization to the middle and sides of your knee without slipping down. The length of the brace measures 12" in length.
The MedSpec Gripper Hinged Knee Brace provides effective medial/lateral ligament support for a variety of knee conditions. LCL an..
The Roadrunner provides control and support for ligament injuries, knee instabilities, mild arthritis and may be used for post-op treatment. The length of the brace measures 16" in length.The Breg Roadrunner knee brace provides superior support for those who have suffered ligament..
The Hi-Performance Knit Support provides compression, warmth, and patella stabilization. It features three-dimensional knitting for a breathable, comfortable fit and a contoured silicone patella donut for support.A Latex Free Compressive Support
This high performance knit knee support i..
The AKS Knee Support by MedSpec offers your patients the unique ability to adjust compression and fit from top to bottom. These braces fit like a glove around your knee, even those odd shaped knees!Adjustable Knee SleeveThe Adjustable Knee Sleeve (AKS) provides compression and good supp..
The Orliman Rodisil Closed Patella Knee Brace is a high quality soft, closed elastic knee support with a patella doughnut pad and metal, polycentric hinges.
Breathable elastic knee support with material made of up to 140 filaments, which provides active compression in 3 dimensions, with closed knee..
The Orliman Rodisil Closed Patella Knee Brace is a high quality soft, closed elastic knee support with a patella doughnut pad and lateral stabilizers.
Developed using three-dimensional woven fabric that provides greater transversal elasticity at the same time as it exerts the necessary compression ..
The Orliman Elastic Knee Support with lateral stabilizers has been manufactured with a breathable stretch knit fabric that is very strong yet so soft for added comfort; its seamless construction means no uncomfortable rubbing. Three dimensional anatomical adjustment. The product in..
Engineered by DonJoy, the new Playmaker XPert functional knee braces combine some of the best features of the Playmaker range into a compact, efficient and attractive offering.
When even mild ligament strains & pain can affect daily or leisure activities, the new Playmaker Xpert braces will pro..
The DonJoy OA FullForce unloader knee brace off-loads the affected compartment of the knee while reducing ligament strain, allowing active patients to go more kilometres with less pain.
3-Point Off-Loading mechanically shifts the painful joint loads from the degenerative compartment to the healthy ..
The Breg Freestyle OA Knee Brace is designed to take the pressure off (unloading the joint) the medial or lateral compartment of the knee for patients with mild to moderate osteoarthritis (OA).
The knee has 2 compartments, the inside (medial) compartment and the outside (lateral) compartment...
The Shortrunner provides control and support for ligament injuries and instabilities and may be used for post-op treatment and mild OA. The length of the brace measures 13" in length.The Breg shortrunner soft knee brace is a shorter version of the Roadrunner knee brace. This brace measures 13..
MKO Elite Genu-Tek Compression Knee Sleeve designed for knee issues such as osteoarthritis, knee pain, sprain, swelling of knee.The MKO Elite Genu-Tek Compression Knee Sleeve consists of an anatomically contoured knit and an integral, ring-shaped, functional silicone buttress. It relieve..
The Donjoy OA Nano is designed to unload the medial or lateral compartment of the knee in moderate to severe arthritic knees. It is the world’s lightest functional knee brace.
Setting the standard, Donjoy have implemented cutting edge technology to design a state-of-the-art support which inc..
Pain relief and stability for the knee jointThe GenuTrain active support consists of an anatomically contoured knit and an integral, ring-shaped, functional visco-elastic cushion, the Omega pad. It relieves pain by providing the therapeutic pressure of the support from the kneecap to the soft tissue..
Bauerfeind GenuTrain® S - Active support with sidebars.
The Bauerfeind GenuTrain® S active support with lateral joint splints supports the knee joint for indications of slight instability, inflammatory arthritis or osteoarthritis of the knee. An integral, ring shaped pressure cushion (pad) surround..
What is the Donjoy OA Reaction Web Knee Brace?Donjoy OA Reaction Web Unloader Knee Brace is an entry level knee brace for those suffering from the early stages of osteoarthritis (OA) and chronic knee pain. Designed to off-set pressure and support the patella, the brace uses medical grade silicon whi..
The DonJoy REACTION WEB is a responsive, webbed approach to knee pain that gives you a distinct alternative to the basic knee sleeve.Developed by world renown orthopedic surgeon, Dr. William Nordt, the REACTION WEB can help decrease knee pain and increase function to get you back to your active ..