In most cases, the answer is no. No study has clearly shown that post-operative knee braces protect the healing graft after an ACL reconstruction. 1 In multiple studies, patients who have had ACL reconstruction surgery were given a knee brace and compared to patients who did not wear a knee brace.
ACL Injury Treatment ACL injuries are often repaired with surgery. After surgery, knee braces are used in order to relieve discomfort and provide support. The best knee braces for ACL injuries have compression to support the knee without interfering with mobility, which also increases blood flow and reduces pain.
Different, what is the best knee support for sports? Here, the best knee support products for every type of athlete.
Best Overall: DonJoy Deluxe Hinged Knee Brace. ...
Best Strap: Abco Tech Patella Knee Strap. ...
Best Brace: DonJoy Performance Bionic Knee Brace. ...
Best Sleeve: UFlex Athletics Knee Compression Sleeve. ...
Best Compression: PowerLix Compression Knee Sleeve.
Other than that, what do you wear with an ACL brace?
The knee brace for after ACL surgery should be worn directly on top of the skin, or with an undergarment sleeve. Do not wear the brace over pants as this causes problems with a proper fit. There are however some manufacturers that make knee braces that can be worn over pants.
Should you wear a knee brace over or under pants?
If you need a knee brace to help you recover from injuries, then you need to stay active. If you wish to wear your knee brace over your legwear, it's best to use pants that can wick away moisture.
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021
Hinged Knee Brace: Shock Doctor Maximum Support Compression Knee Brace - For ACL/PCL Injuries, Patella Support, Sprains, Hypertension and More for Men and Women - (1 Knee Brace, Large)
PREVENTS AND PROTECTS - Helps prevent and heal medial and lateral instability, minor patella instability, meniscus injuries, minor ligament sprains, hypertension, arthritis, and more
MOISTURE AND ODOR PREVENTION - Antimicrobial and airflow vented tech to reduce odor, bacteria, and moisture, so you can stay comfortable through the toughest days and workouts
BOOST MOVEMENT AND COMFORT - Heavy duty bilateral dual hinges provide support while allowing you to move comfortably with four-way stretch Lycra mesh and pre-curved anatomical design, fits left and right knee.
PREMIUM MATERIALS - Latex-free, premium stitching, and integrated flexible side stabilizers, stays in place and includes easy grip tabs for accurate fitting.
LIFTS AND COMPRESSES - Compression supports soft tissue, joint alignment and relief, and boosts therapeutic heat for improved blood flow which aids in healing tendon and muscle
This product is intended to be close-fitting for the best protection so it may fit small. If your measurements are close to the maximum size range, we recommend sizing up for comfort. Sizing will vary.
Premium stitching assembly, patella support finishing and spandex [elastane] binding for long lasting comfort.Note: Kindly refer “how to measure” video included before purchase
Kindly refer the sizing image before buying this product. This product is not a substitute for medical care. Always seek professional medical advice for the diagnosis and treatment of pain, injury or irritation.
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021
Knee Brace with Side Stabilizers & Patella Gel Pads for Knee Support
Universal Fit (One size fits most) --- There is nothing more fulfilling than to know you can share this great product to your loved ones or friends you knew can gain benefit from this marvelously created design Adjustable Knee Brace Support and Compression. It is designed to fit in all instances and built. These fit to all adults builds just fine. Perfect buy for someone you knew who needs this without asking them their sizes, it would be a lovely surprise!
Flexible Stabilizers --- Perfect Holding to Relieves Pressure and Reduces Stress. We have developed and incorporate springs in 2 sides with 1 silicone pad at kneecap position. It is indeed carefully designed to reduce the stress focus on the knee-joint during heavy work and intense exercise. Beneficially effective to relieve acute and chronic knee pain from ACL, LCL, MCL, Meniscus Tear, Strains, Sprains, Arthritis, Tendonitis Pain and other injuries.
Velcro Designed Strap --- knee patella support strap. It has a Velcro design strap that can be wrap around to any exterior part of the Knee Brace to firmly put it in place with the 2 Velcro straps that allows you to adjust the tightness in your own choosing and feel the support that’s best for you, thus making it more stable than the other same product in the market.
Patella Gel Pads --- Essential to help bend the knee with less stress and the patella gel pads to bring more comfortable movements in kneecaps even it protected with the other components of the product. Even with previous injuries or just went knee surgery, while wearing this, it’s as though you don’t have it at all as it provides compression ease, comfort and healing from the said injuries. That being said, it is highly recommended for post-surgery recovery or preventing injuries from sports.
Absorbent and Breathable --- We only use the high-grade of Neoprene material as it was originally designed to be a skin-to-skin contact for quality results, we take into consideration on preventing any unpleasant skin condition. And so, we come up with a breathable material that has an inner sweat absorption feature providing physical ease and support while using.
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
McDavid Bio-Logix Knee Brace, Black, Large, Right
PROTECTION / PREVENTION – Designed as our most advanced knee support. Bi-Lateral aluminum hinges support for a fluid feel and natural range of motion.
COMFORT – We’ve strategically combined rigid and soft materials to create a unique comfortable support. Comes with a compression sleeve for added support and comfort.
BIO-LOGIX – Is a philosophy of sports medicine. Bio-Logix is an approach fully focused on the realities of the human form, advancing the sciences of design, materials and process to naturally extend the biomechanics of the natural human limits.
COMPRESSION SLEEVE – Using the compression sleeve under the brace allows for the perfect combo: support, comfort, fit, performance and recovery.
ADJUSTABLE – Our strap system allows for exceptional adjustment range and structural support. Use with or without the compression sleeve. Anatomically designed for men and women. Refer to the size chart picture and/or video before purchasing.
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
DonJoy Drytex Sport Hinged Knee Wraparound - Medium
Provides stability after knee ligament and/or meniscus injuries
Compressive support of the knee after knee sprains
Helps healing and return to sports and other activities after knee injury
Fit tip-take the measurement of your thigh and calf 6 inch above and below your kneecap using a flexible type tape measure. Use the diameter you measure here to choose your size
Polycentric hinges to help stabilize the knee and mimic the natural motion of the knee joint
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021
Vive ROM Knee Brace - Hinged Immobilizer for ACL, MCL and PCL Injury - Orthosis Stabilizer for Women and Men - Adjustable Recovery Support for Orthopedic Rehab, Post Op, Meniscus Tear, Right, Left Leg
COMPLETE REHABILITATIVE KNEE SUPPORT: Stabilizing and supporting the knee, the Vive ROM knee brace minimizes the risk of re-injury and aids in post-operative recovery and rehabilitation. Fully adjustable, the range of motion brace is ideal for ligament and tendon strains, patella realignment and for use following ACL, MCL, PCL, or LCL surgeries.
RANGE OF MOTION TRAINING: Fully control the range of motion of the knee with the adjustable locking dial and extension and flexion sliders. Allowing for progressive recovery, the bilateral range of motion dials can be set from 30 degrees to open flexion and -10 to 30 degrees of extension.
REVERSIBLE OPEN DESIGN: Accommodating most adult leg sizes, the open ROM brace is fully adjustable for optimal support and comfort on the left or right leg. Each brace pad is adjustable for a total length ranging from 18” up to 23.5”. The fastening straps are also adjustable for secure, nonslip fit and feature quick-release buckles.
LIGHTWEIGHT CONSTRUCTION: Structured with a durable aluminum alloy, the ROM brace is lightweight yet strong for exceptional support. Each support disc is lightly padded for greater comfort.
VIVE GUARANTEE: Two year guarantee so you can purchase now with confidence.
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
Z1 K2 Knee Brace â€“Best Knee Brace for ACL/Ligament Injuries/Sports Injuries, Arthritis (OA) & Preventive Protection & Relief from Knee Joint Pain/Degeneration- Men & Women S21(T=24-25.5"/C=18-19.5")
CHOOSING THE CORRECT SIZE: The K2 Comfortline Knee Orthosis is profoundly near to custom fit knee orthosis in the market as it comes in a whopping 23 different sizes. Please see photograph #2 for the measurement instructions. After taking the measurements of thigh and calf circumference, know your perfect brace size (from S1 to S23) from the size chart in photograph #3 and select the same from the dropdown.
Suitable for ligament injuries (such as ACL, PCL, MCL), Sports Injuries, Mild Osteoarthritis (OA) as well as for prevention of the knee joint from degeneration.
A lightweight everyday use high-performance Knee Brace. A true custom-made knee brace made to fit you perfectly.
Silicon coated neoprene frame liners & foam strap pads provide the best grip & promote brace suspension. Flexible exactly where you need it to be for an untroubled movement.
Neoprene Condoyles on both brace joints provides relief to the sensitive knee joint & ligaments. It maximizes comfort & minimizes brace migration. The brace construction is Low profile & Lightweight, which makes it extremely easy to use with daily activities. MANUFACTURED BY A FDA REGISTERED ESTABLISHMENT.
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021
DonJoy Performance BIONIC FULLSTOP ACL Knee Brace, Medium
Hinge technology and a four-point leverage system trains users to stay out of the "at-risk" position through a dampening cycle of the hinge
Compression and thermal heat regulation keeps you from overheating; Anti-migration technology prevents sleeve movement
Adjustable straps enable greater customizability for a more secure, personal fit; Reflectivity for enhanced visibility in low-light conditions
Designed to treat and protect ACL and meniscus injuries, joint instabilities, moderate ligament and tendon sprains, hyperextension, and patella support
Intended for use in sports similar to football, soccer, skiing/snowboarding, basketball, lacrosse, or volleyball
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021
Patella Straps Knee Brace Support for Arthritis, ACL, Running, Basketball, Meniscus Tear, Sports, Athletic. Best Knee Brace for Hiking, Soccer, Volleyball & Squats (2-Pack)
RELIEF FROM KNEE PAIN - If you are suffering from knee pain, doing any kind of exercise, or even a walk, seems like a big task. This strap provides a way to do exercise without worrying about the knee pain. The knee strap goes around your knee, right below your kneecap, and over your patellar tendon to provide support for your knees, which releases the tension, and gives you immediate relief from the knee pain.
FULLY ADJUSTABLE - This Knee strap is fully adjustable and provides a nice, tight compression fit to your desired level. The curve of the straps allows you to fully adjust them to the curve of your knee. The perfect fit of the strap reduces the pressure on the patella tendon and thus helps to alleviate the pain while running or exercising. Moreover, the strap can be adjusted to fit almost everyone.
UNIVERSAL SIZE (one size fits most), adjustable support, fits the Left or Right knee and is Unisex
100% LIFETIME GUARANTEE - We offer a 100% Risk-Free Lifetime Guarantee to let you buy with confidence and just to let you know that we are standing behind our product always. So, order now and get this incredibly adjustable knee straps to get immediate relief from knee pain.
HIGH QUALITY & DURABLE - This Knee Strap is made up of high-quality materials which gives it longer life and makes it durable. Unlike other Knee straps available in the market which gives you a scratchy feeling, this strap is made of high-quality neoprene & nylon which makes it light & soft, so you don't feel any weight on your knees. The fabric absorbs the sweat and thus prevents any wet or slippery feeling on the knee.
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021
Orthomen Functional Knee Brace for ACL/PCL/Sports Injuries, After Reconstructive Surgery (XL-Left)
ROM higes wish plug-in flex/ext stops Extension limitation at: 0°,10°,20°,30° 2)Flexion limitation at:0°,30°,45°,60°,90°; 3)Immobilization limitation at 0°,30°
Hypoallergenic silicone-grip strap pads for anti-migration
Hypoallergenic silicone-grip strap pads for anti-migration
Numbered straps provide desirable counter force and adjust optimal size
GREAT GIFT IDEA for birthday, holiday and anniversary.Offering can be gift messaged & is gift warp available for Christmas and New Year
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
Hinged Knee Brace Rom, Knee Support for Torn Acl, Meniscus Tear, Pcl, Surgery Recovery, Adjustable Post Op Knee Immobilizer, Leg Stabilizer for Man and Women
The hinged knee immobilizer with adjustable locking dial can control or limit range of motion during post operation recovery and rehabilitation, prevent re-injury. Provide extra stabilized support for knee injoint, ligaments strain, meniscus injury and fractures recovery, is ideal choice of rehabilitation.
The adjustable locking dial and extension provide the bilateral range of motion settings, you can adjust the range of motion you need front to back which can be adjusted between -10° to 120° range of flexion and -10° to 30° range of extension, adjustment unit is 10 degrees, to achieve control and limit knee flexion and extension.
Soft and comfortable pads provide the best grip to secure nonslip fit and promote the hinged brace suspension.
Easy push button adjustable struts which can be adjustable as individual demand for comfortable fit.
The post op hinged knee brace stabilizer is lightweight yet strong for exceptional support. Open design of post op knee brace fits right or left leg, adjustable sticky strap provide comfortable fit for men and women.
Can you walk with a torn ACL? The short answer is yes. After the pain and swelling subsides and if there is no other injury to your knee, you may be able to walk in straight lines, go up and down stairs and even potentially jog in a straight line.
How do I do ACL exercises? Quad sets, straight-leg raises, and heel slides are common exercises used after an ACL injury. As symptoms decrease and you are able to bear weight, side-lying leg lifts, glute sets, bridges, mini-squats, heel raises, and prone hamstring curls might be added.
Functional braces are used after a knee injury and provide support while the knee injury is healing. ... Rehabilitative knee braces are designed to limit movement of the knee while it is healing after an injury or surgery.
After use of the postsurgical limited-range-of-motion brace, generally worn for 3 to 5 weeks, the functional brace can be worn “indefinitely,” says Hagen. The typical patella femoral de-rotational brace worn for ACL injuries may have a downside, however, such as discomfort and allergic skin reactions.
Some doctors are afraid that knee braces may actually increase the number of knee injuries in athletes. But many people who wear knee braces feel that they help. Knee braces are the least important part of preventing knee injuries or healing after an injury. Good strength and flexibility are much more important.
For best results, you should put them on first thing in the morning and take them off right before you go to bed. They should NOT be worn overnight while sleeping. Your doctor or medical professional can also provide guidance on Graduated Compression Legwear and usage.
If worn for an extended period, a knee brace can actually weaken the knee. The knee relies on the stability provided by the brace instead of its natural stabilizers. A weak knee with a strong brace is still a weak knee. This is why many athletes repeatedly injure the same knee throughout their careers.
You should wear a knee brace for more than a week after you injure your knee. If you're using your knee and seeking therapy, your knee will heal gradually, so tossing the brace after just a week does not give your knee adequate time to heal.