How can knee injuries occur? They usually stem from damage to the ligaments, muscles, tendons, cartilage or bones in the knee.
There are many ways that you can injure your knee. If you overuse your knee, stop or twist suddenly, or experience a direct blow to it, you could seriously injury it.
You may experience swelling and pain if you have a knee injury. You may have a difficult time walking, and running. Playing sports may be out of the question. Some injuries are more common than others. Below are some of the most commonly reported injuries.
Tearing a ligament is very common. This usually occurs when you pivot or land from jumping. The ligament that is usually injured is the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
Sprains and strains also are very common. Sprains occur when you tear or stretch a ligament. When you sprain your knee you may hear a popping sound. You may not be able to put any weight on your leg.
If you partially or completely tear a muscle or ligament you will have experience a strain. Strain symptoms are similar to sprain symptoms except with a strain you may see bruising. Tendonitis, fractures, dislocations, and cartilage injuries are common injuries as well.
How does a knee strap help your injury? When you have an injury, using a knee strap can be very helpful. A strap will apply compression to your knee. By doing so, it will keep your knee stable. When the knee is kept stable, this can help it heal better and faster. You will also feel less pain.
A knee strap will also help you prevent further injury to your knee by giving it extra support. During strenuous activities and sports, this is especially useful. A strap can help with conditions like: patellar tendonitis (inflammation and swelling of the tendon and tissues surrounding it), chondromalacia or Runner’s Knee (pain in the kneecap especially when running) and Osgood Schlatter (pain just below the kneecap).
These conditions can make the most simple every day tasks painful. They can cause your knee to feel unstable. This can make your knee feel like it is going to give way beneath you.
A knee strap that you may want to consider using is the Breg Patella Strap. This strap is designed to help with instability and pain. The strap is good value for your money. It is a level I brace so provides basic support and protection.