Knee Compression

Braces | Patella Stabilizers | Sleeves | Copper

Knee braces and sleeves provide support for and protection against a variety of knee injuries. Compression helps relieve pain while running or playing sports and during everyday activities that may be affected by joint inflammation. Braces provide stronger support for injuries such as Meniscus or ACL tears. Whatever your need, all our knee supports have been designed for mobility and comfort. They don’t hinder movement and feature our high-quality breathable materials that are moisture wicking so you stay dry and comfortable.

Knee Brace vs Sleeve – What is the Difference?

When it comes to knee support gear, braces and sleeves are the two most common. While both provide support to knee ligaments and muscles, there are quite a few differences between them.

2 Main Differences

  1. Knee braces are for injury recovery
  2. Knee sleeves are for support to prevent injuries

What is a Knee Brace?
Knee braces are normally worn when there is already an existing injury, whereas knee sleeves are used for compression, support, and mostly preventive measures. The braces are made for people who suffer or have suffered a serious injury such as ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament), MCL (Medial collateral ligament), PCL (Posterior cruciate ligament), and other similar injuries. They’re usually made of neoprene with additional support such as metallic hinges to support the knee during movement.

4 Different Types of Knee Braces

  1. Prophylactic Braces: This is the type of knee brace used by athletes who participate in high-risk contact sports such as basketball and football. It’s best used as preventive support by people who already have a history of badly damaged knees. Prophylactic knee braces help prevent reoccurrence of an injury.
  2. Functional Braces: These braces are highly recommended for patients whose ligaments have already been damaged and torn. Functional braces lessen instability in the knees, which helps injured athletes who do a lot of leaping, pivoting and twisting. The functional braces serve as an “external ligament” since they substitute for a functioning ligament. These braces are usually worn for 6-12 months, or for as long as the athlete is under treatment.
  3. Rehabilitative Braces: Like functional braces, rehabilitative braces are worn during rehabilitation and treatment. The biggest difference is that rehabilitative braces are worn only for several weeks immediately after the injury. These braces limit the movement of the knee to allow it to heal. When the patient is off the crutches, they can move on to functional braces while still continuing their treatment.
  4. Unloader Braces: These are lightweight braces that alleviate knee pain for people who are suffering from osteoarthritis.

We’ve developed a knee brace that helps with patella stabilization. Our AllyFlex Sports® Knee Brace is made of high-quality neoprene that’s thicker and stronger than most neoprene knee braces. It comes with 3 adjustable Velcro straps and fits a 12.4″ – 19.7″ knee. The open-ring stabilizer helps to stabilize the patella during movement, and the extra COOLMAX® lining provides an extra layer of comfort for the skin.

What is a Knee Sleeve?
While knee braces basically act like a “substitute knee”, knee sleeves, on the other hand, do not limit or replace the function of a normal knee. Knee sleeves are mainly used for regular knee support to prevent injuries. They’re generally used by athletes in sports and by active people during running or workouts. The purpose of using a prophylactic (protective or preventive) knee sleeves is to reduce the occurrence or severity of injuries to the knee joint ligaments without inhibiting overall knee mobility

Compression
The most highlighted feature in an knee sleeve is the compression it provides. Compression restricts muscle oscillation and narrows blood vessels, which translates to less stress on the muscles and faster, more efficient blood flow to and from the foot area. Muscles, ligaments and tendons endure a lot of stress during rigorous workouts.

Efficient blood flow is needed to eliminate the waste produced by the muscles (e.g. lactic acid) and to bring oxygen and necessary nutrients to the muscles, which facilitates faster recovery. As a result, you’ll experience reduced discomfort, pain and swelling in just a matter of days.

Stability 
The compression also reduces muscle vibration and knee instability, providing you with a more stable foundation, which is very valuable during jumps, twists, and lifts.

Great for Warm-Ups
Knee sleeves serve as a very helpful aid during warm-ups since they warm and lubricate the joints.

Breathable, Moisture-Wicking Comfort
There are many choices of knee sleeves in the market, very few are made of breathable materials. But Neo Sports Lab understands the importance of comfort. As a result, we add moisture-wicking polyester into the nylon and Spandex fabric blend. This makes the knee sleeves extremely breathable and comfortable to wear. We’ve carefully designed four (4) knee sleeves for effectiveness and comfort:

NeoAlly® High Compression Knee Sleeve (Sports and medium to intense workouts)
NeoAlly® Sports Compression Knee Sleeve (Sports and medium to intense workouts)
NeoAlly® High Strength Compression Knee Sleeves (High intensity workout protection)
Uptofit® Copper Compression Knee Sleeve (Moderate compression for daily knee protection)

Stay-Put Design Will Not Slide or Bunch Up
Our knee sleeves or uniquely design so they don’t slide down or bunch up during your activities.

When Should You Use Knee Sleeves?

Knee compression sleeves do not need to be worn all the time, but there are some great benefits for those who wear them during their workouts. When running, jumping, or doing knee-centric weightlifting like dead lifts or squats, a knee sleeve can be the perfect companion to not only help you perform safer and longer, but to prevent that familiar old post-workout soreness.

New and Veteran Athletes can Benefit from Using Knee Sleeves
New athletes may not find the same relief from knee sleeves as those with a couple of years of training already under their belt. This is because as time goes on and you run longer or lift heavier weights, the increased mass progressively grinds the knee more and more against the tendon, causing pain and joint weakness. That is why veteran athletes are quicker to praise the benefits of a knee brace rather than those fresh on the field.

How Knee Sleeves Can Help Support Proper Training & Technique
Unfortunately, while knee compression sleeves can help, they are no replacement for proper training and technique. Years of training with improper technique can be disastrous for athletes and their knees. However, for those looking to retrain their muscles to do things using the correct technique, knee sleeves can provide good support and limit the pain while that happens. Simply put, when you combine the right equipment with proper technique, you more quickly will gain strength and efficiency in the long-term.

When Should You Use a Knee Brace?

There are many types of knee issues that can affect the kneecap. Some of these include patellofemoral malalignment (where the kneecap is not aligned properly) and patellar subluxation (where the kneecap gets pulled as the patient moves). In severe cases, these issues can cause kneecap dislocations.

What Does a Patellar Stabilizer Do?
Wearing a patellar stabilizer or patella tracking brace can help your knee move properly and decrease the wearing down of the knee joint. It can also help prevent kneecap dislocations and fight against unnatural knee movement caused by patella tracking issues. Patellar stabilizers and patella tracking braces help do this by providing compression all around the knee and “lifting” the knee into proper position. They also help give added support around the kneecap. Our AllyFlex Sports® Patella Knee Brace is the best patella stabilizer on the market.

FAQs + Learning Center

Yes, a compression sleeve will help ease your knee pain. Compression sleeves decrease pain by providing compression around the knee which not only helps control swelling but also increases blood flow to the area, decreasing pain. Knee sleeves are used to ease pain from injuries and ailments such as arthritis as well as provide support for the joint during daily activities and sports like walking, running, jumping and weightlifting.
When shopping for compression sleeves, there are 4 features you should look for: Fit, Material, Construction, Color

  1. Fit. Choosing a well-designed compression sleeve is very important. A quality knee sleeve should provide even and consistent compression around knee. Make sure that you measure your calves for proper sizing to ensure that the sleeves will fit you correctly. If the compression sleeves are too tight, they will be uncomfortable. If they are too loose, they won’t provide enough compression and will slide down your leg. SIZE CHART
  2. Material. Look for compression sleeves that are made of moisture-wicking fabric that that keeps your skin dry. A breathable knee sleeve is always the best choice.
  3. Construction. Compression sleeves made using a seamless construction (no seams) are by far the best choice. This design allow the use of mesh panels and ribbing for optimal breathability and targeted support. So look for tightly woven high-compression knee sleeves.
  4. Color: Less of a factor than the others, but make sure the color is a fit with your intended use. For example, don’t buy white if your sleeves are bound to get dirty. If you’re using the knee sleeves for running, bright colors help provide low-light safety outside. So, look for compression sleeves that come with several colors and sizes.
Yes. A knee sleeve is a good way to help ease the pain associated with arthritis, especially osteoarthritis. Knee supports provide compression which can reduce swelling and inflammation as well as warm the knee joint; this can help reduce stiffness. If you feel unsteady, compression sleeves allow for mobility and activity while supporting the knee (improved function).

We understand the pain and frustration associated with arthritis. Pain and discomfort often make the simplest of tasks difficult. Fortunately, the support of a compression knee sleeve is one way to manage osteoarthritis and get knee pain relief without surgery.

The reason compression is so important for arthritis is that compression encourages blood flow through the blood vessels of the knee. Increased blood flow results in less pain and swelling during and after daily activities. Compression also boosts your lymphatic system and reduces inflammation.

A patella stabilizing brace works really well to keep your kneecap in the correct position by supporting proper movement while decreasing the degeneration of the knee joint. It can also protect against unnatural knee movement caused by tracking issues and prevent kneecap dislocation. Patellar stabilizers and patella tracking braces help do this by providing compression all around the knee and “lifting” the knee into proper position. They also help give added support all around the kneecap.

One of the best patellar dislocation braces is the stabilizing patella knee brace. This patella stabilizer supports the knee while allowing breathability. There are two types of patella knee braces: Open and Closed. Either will help the knee heal from patellar dislocation. Here’s the difference.

Open patella braces provide slightly less support than closed patella braces. Many open patella braces are designed to support the patella as a secondary benefit, holding it in proper alignment relative to the rest of the knee joint. Athletes in more active sports often favor open patella braces for their lightness and flexibility.

Closed patella knee braces can sometimes aggravate knee injuries by applying pressure to the patella during a workout, causing it to move off-center or rub against the underlying joint. Powerlifters and bodybuilders often favor the closed design.

Yes. A knee sleeve can help with Runner’s Knee and patellofemoral pain in general. The best sleeve to support your knee for runner’s knee is one you can wear daily and while you run.

Knee braces are normally worn when there is already an existing injury, whereas knee sleeves are used for compression, support, and mostly preventive measures.

Knee Braces are made for people who suffer or have suffered a serious injury like: ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament), MCL (Medial collateral ligament), PCL (Posterior cruciate ligament), and other similar injuries. They are usually made of neoprene with additional support such as metallic hinges to support knee during movement. AllyFlex Sports® Patella Stabilizer Knee Brace

While knee braces basically act like a “substitute knee”, knee sleeves on the other hand do not limit or replace the function of a normal knee. Knee sleeves are mainly used for regular knee support to prevent injuries. Knee sleeves are more apt for regular use by athletes in sports and by active people in running or workouts. The use of prophylactic (protective or preventive) knee sleeves is an attempt to reduce the occurrence or severity of injuries to the knee joint ligaments without inhibiting overall knee mobility.

The most highlighted feature in knee sleeve is the compression it provides. Compression restricts muscle oscillation and narrows blood vessels, which translates to less stress on the muscles and faster and more efficient blood flow to and from the knee/leg area. Muscles, ligaments and tendons endure a lot of stress during rigorous workouts.

Efficient blood flow is very important to eliminate the waste produced by the muscles (e.g. lactic acid) and to bring oxygen and necessary nutrients to the muscles to facilitate faster recovery. That means reduced discomfort, pain and swelling in just a matter of days.

The compression also reduces muscle vibration and reduces knee instability, providing the user a more stable foundation that’s very valuable during jumps, twists, and lifts. Lastly, knee sleeves serve as a very helpful aid during warm-ups since it warms and lubricates the joints.

There are many choices of knee sleeves on the market, very few are made of latex-free materials. We have several stand-out latex-free knee sleeves. The stay-put design and high compression of NeoAlly knee sleeves are the best choice for sports and medium to intense workouts. On the other hand, the light-weight Uptofit copper knee sleeve, with its copper rich content and moderate compression, becomes the perfect choice for daily knee protection.

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