Dr. John Knight, Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Specialist at Muir Orthopaedic Specialists, discusses when a knee brace should be worn after a knee injury.
Question: How do I know if I should use a knee brace on a recent knee injury?
Answer: Most knee injuries heal without the use of a brace. But sometimes extra support for the knee may be worth while to protect an injured joint during healing. Braces are still somewhat controversial for injury prevention, and need to fit well to be totally effective. Custom braces are expensive and rarely necessary unless your leg is an unusual size or shape. Newer brace designs and flexible sizing make most of our off the shelf, semi-custom braces both safe and effective at a much lower cost. Talking to your physician about the benefits of bracing before spending the money on ineffective or unnecessary equipment is a good idea.