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Finding The Right Knee Support

CONDITIONS OF THE KNEE

Your knee is the largest joint in the body and must withstand your entire weight, it serves as a hinge between the thigh bone (femur) and the top of the shinbone (tibia). The kneecap (patella) on the front side transmits the traction force of the strong thigh muscle to the tibia, allowing the knee to stretch. The knee has a complex system of tendons, muscles, and ligaments to aid movement. Because of this, and because of the great forces that occur during activities such as jumping or running, the knee joint is quite vulnerable to injuries.

In this guide, we will walk you through some of the most common conditions of the knee and outline which knee supports and knee braces may be most suitable in facilitating enhanced comfort for these conditions. We understand how hard it can be to get the right knee support or knee brace so hopefully, this in-depth guide help you find the solution you are looking for. 

Conditions of the knee

Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper’s Knee)

A condition that arises when the tendon and the tissues that surround it become inflamed and irritated. Typically caused by overuse, especially from activities that include jumping, hence, the name “Jumper’s Knee.” It can occur in any sport. Usually, the pain is concentrated at a single point below the kneecap (patella).

Knee supports and braces that may be suitable for Patellar Tendonitis:

Conditions of the knee

Chondromalacia Patella Syndrome (Runner’s Knee)

A condition where the cartilage on the undersurface of the kneecap (patella) deteriorates and softens. It is common among young, athletic individuals, but may also occur in older adults with arthritis, previous injury, obesity, or malformation of the patella alignment.

Knee supports and braces that may be suitable for Chondromalacia Patella Syndrome:

Conditions of the knee

Osgood-Schlatter Disease

An inflammation of the area just below the knee where the tendon from the kneecap (patellar tendon) attaches to the shinbone (tibia). It is a common cause of knee pain in growing adolescents. Pain at the top of the shin may last for several weeks or even months.

Knee supports and braces may be suitable for Osgood-Schlatter Disease:

Conditions of the knee

Ligament Tears

Complete or partial tears of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL), Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL).

Knee braces that may be suitable for Ligament Tears:

Knee Strain

A mild injury to tissue or structures, such as tendons in the knee. 

Knee supports and knee braces for Knee Strains:

Conditions of the knee

Knee Sprain

A moderate injury to tissue or structures, such as ligaments in the knee. 

Knee supports and knee braces that may be suitable for Knee Sprains:

Bursitis

Inflammation of the bursae (fluid-filled sacs that cushion the bones, tendons and ligaments) is caused by an injury or overuse. These sacs can enlarge with extra fluid, resulting in joint pain, tenderness and swelling as they push against the inner tissues.

Conditions of the knee

Degenerative Joint Disease

The most common disease of the knee joint which is considered to progress naturally with age. The cushioning cartilage, covering the joint surface, is slowly destroyed with age. As bones rub against one another this causes inflammation, pain and stiffness. Advanced arthritis leads to the deformation of the underlying bone. Please take a look at our Arthritis Supports for more information on knee supports for Arthritis 

Dislocation (Patellar Subluxation)

Occurs when the kneecap (patella) partly moves out of place. This occurs due to the kneecap being pushed too hard, or the quadriceps, retinacula, or patellar tendon being pulled too hard.

Knee supports and knee braces that may be suitable for Dislocation:

Knee Supports that immobilises the knee and prevent further damage such as

Conditions of the knee

Meniscal Injuries

The result of abnormal stresses caused during twisting injuries of the knee that result in strain/tears of the meniscal tissues. The inner (medial) meniscus is much more affected than the outer meniscus (lateral).

Knee brace that may be suitable for Meniscal Injuries / Tears:

Knee supports and braces that may be suitable for Minor Meniscal Injuries:

Open Patella Knee supports such as 

The information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended for self-diagnosis or treatment. Always consult a physician or health care professional to obtain an accurate diagnosis and when encountering persistent pain, discomfort, inflammation or swelling.

The medical content provided was developed and summarised by medical professionals on behalf of Essity T/A BSN medical and is based on the most current available orthopaedic knowledge.

Actimove SPORTS EDITION - Knee Supports Conditions Guide







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Actimove® Sports Edition Wrap Around Hinged Knee BraceKnee Brace
£49.99

Actimove® Sports Edition Adjustable Knee StabiliserKnee Stabiliser
£35.99

Actimove® Sports Edition Open Patella Adjustable Knee SupportKnee Support
£19.00

Actimove® Sports Edition Open Patella Knee SupportKnee Support
£13.99
Actimove® Sports Edition Adjustable Dual Knee StrapDual Knee Strap
£19.99
Actimove® Sports Edition Adjustable Patella StrapPatella Strap
£13.00
Chondromalacia patella
Contusions
Ligament injuries/tears (MCL, LCL, PCL)
Meniscal injuries/tears
Meniscal injuries (minor)
Osgood Schlatter disease
Painful knee injuries
Patellar instability
Patella pain syndrome
Patella tracking
Patellar tendonitis (jumper's knee)
Patellofemoral pain syndrome 
Patellar subluxation
Prevention
Soft tissue injuries
Sprains
Strains
Swelling
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*Always consult a physician or health care professional to obtain an accurate diagnosis and when encountering persistent pain, discomfort, inflammation or swelling.

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