Do Knee Braces Help Prevent Injuries?

Updated: Mar 26, 2019

Knee Braces for Injuries - Do They Help?

People who participate in sports that involve a high amount of lateral movement or pressure on the knee joint want often ask orthopaedic doctors and surgeons the same question: do knee braces help prevent injuries?

Knee Braces - Where's the Proof?

While some athletes in all levels of many sports, especially football and skiing, swear by knee braces and say their knees feel stronger and more supported when they wear them to play, the scientific community still can’t definitively prove that wearing knee braces on healthy knees prevents injury.

Orthopaedic experts recommend certain kinds of knee braces for people who have suffered a knee injury in the past. People recovering from (or after they have recovered) serious damage to the knee ligaments need knee braces to stabilize their joint and avoid re-injury.

The four types of knee braces: