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.