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Best Copper Knee Brace

There are many sleeves on the market with copper in them. The logic behind this is that the copper could improve your well being - in reality no studies noticed any such effect. In fact, one of the main manufacturers had to settle with the FTC for deceptive advertising - more info here, here and here. Compression in general can help with lot of knee issues, in fact it's a part of the RICE (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate) protocol which is often used for various knee problems. So in the end using a "copper" sleeve could help your health, but it will not be due to the copper content. Read more...

Can you break your knee cap and not know it?

Your kneecap, the small bone that sits on your knee is very strong, but it still can break if it gets a large blow in a fall or accident. When your kneecap breaks it's called a patellar fracture. The symptoms of a patellar fracture can be the same as any other knee injury: pain, swelling and stiffness. More severe fractures have more serious symptoms. So you can break your knee cap and not know it! Read more...

Rehband Knee Brace Review

The Rehband 7mm knee brace is a great neoprene knee brace for heavy squatting and crossfit. It's very sturdy compared to other sleeves, and it's IPF approved for powerlifting and IWF approved for Olympic lifting. It also has a thinner variant the 5mm "7751" Rehband sleeve, which is a great allrounder, as it's suitable for lighter sports which need more dynamism. Both type of sleeves come as single, so you'll have to order two for both legs. The braces are made of neoprene so they are strong and warm. However they may have some neoprene odor initially. Read more...

Swollen knee without pain

Your knee can swell when excess joint fluid accumulates in or around your knee. This swelling can have many causes from a simple injury, to arthritis, bursitis or synovitis. Even the bony parts of the knee can appear puffy if your knee is very swollen. The symptoms can vary based on the real cause of the swelling. If you have synovitis the knee swells and can be painful, but there's no pain at all for some. Often people only feel a tiny bit of pain even if his or her knee is larger than the other. Only your doctor will be able to find out the real cause, and prescribe the appropriate treatment for you. Read more...

Mava Knee Compression Brace Review

The Mava Knee Brace is overall a great brace for knee pain and joint issues. It was designed for everyday wearing, walking, running and light sports which require flexibility, but not heavy-duty support. The sleeve comes as a pair, rarely bunches up behind the knee, the only slight drawback is that the seams seems to be weaker than expected. For a heavy-duty sleeve with good support for squatting and crossfit, check the Mava Neoprene Sleeve. Read more...

Pain on outside of knee radiating down leg

Pain on outside of knee radiating down the leg can have many causes, but the most common cause is iliotibial band syndrome. If you have ITB, the iliotibial band which spans from the hip to the shin bone gets inflamed near the knee. This inflammation results in the radiating pain you feel. Other causes for radiating knee pain include eslipped capital femoral epiphysis (the fracture of the growth plate between the head and neck of the femur), nerve entrapment at the knee, and referred pain from the spine. As ITB is the most common cause, this will be the focus of this article. Read more...

Nordic Lifting Brace Review

The Nordic Lifting 7mm neoprene sleeve is a surprisingly well made, high-quality sleeve designed mainly for squatting and crossfit - still it's usable for other sports, even for running, if you do not mind the tight fit. The sleeve keeps the knees very warm, and the tight fit takes a lot of load off your knees, which means less pain and less clicking when squatting. The sleeve is easy to wash and comes as a pair, so you will not have to buy two. The sleeve is better made than the Primal Elite or Bear KompleX sleeve. Read more...

Stiff knee, pain in back of knee?

Posterior knee pain combined with stiffness can have many more causes than you could imagine - from a simple torn meniscus through baker's cyst to a serious thrombosis or even a tumor. Fortunately most of the time even simple exercises can help well-being, and the usual combination of rest, ice, compression and elevation works very well too and drastic steps, such as amputation are rarely needed. Read more...

Mava Neoprene Sleeve Review

The Mava 7mm Neoprene Sleeve is a great sleeve for squatting. It provides all the support you can expect from a 7mm neoprene sleeve. It's anatomically formed and fits tightly, does not slip. You can wear it both under or above your training pants. The sleeve comes as a pair. Sometimes the sleeve bunches up in the back, and the seam in the back can irritate the skin if you have it on for too long. Read more...

I Hyperextended My Knee What Do I Do?

If you hyperextended back of knee, your knee felt like bending backwards a bit, then you probably felt the pain that comes with hyperextending your knee. Your knee will also feel instable, as if it could give in any moment. You will feel it's difficult to walk or to stand on the injured leg after hyperextension. There is always some pain with knee hyperextension. The level can vary between mild and hardly bearable depending on the severity of the injury. The more you damaged the ligaments and tendons in your knee, the more pain you will feel. You will either feel pinching pain in the front of the your knee, or a mild or sharp pain at the back of your knee. Knee dislocation can feel very similar. Read more...

Primal Elite Knee Sleeve Review

The Primal Elite Knee Sleeves (or Impulse Sportz Knee Sleeves) are knee sleeves specialized for crossfit and heavy lifting. The sleeves come as a pair, which makes them more economical than the other sleeves which only come as single. The sleeve provides great support, and will help with the depth of your squats and the weight you can lift while reducing the pain you feel. If you are looking for a sleeve for everyday wearing, check out the FitXpert sleeve. The strange reviews on the sleeves page and the slow support from the seller make this one a bit questionable. Read more...

Pain On Inner Side Of Knee ?

Pain on the inside of your knee can have many causes, however the most common cause is MCL injury - the injury of the ligament on the inside of the knee. If you had a knee injury, the probable causes are medial meniscus injury and direct injury to your bone. If you do not remember an injury, you probably have mcl tendonitis, arthritis, pes anserine bursitis, or medial plica irritation. Read more...

Blitzu Knee Brace Review

The Blitzu knee brace is a great and comfortable all-rounder brace, which helps by reducing knee loading and pain, and increases endurance if you are sporting. It works well for pain caused by tearing, arthritis, injuries and surgeries. The brace comes as a pair, so it's more economical than other similar braces. The brace is essentially the same as the SB SOX brace. Read more...

Knee clicking when straightening leg?

Knee clicking can have more causes than you can imagine! Clicking in itself is rarely a problem, so if you do not feel pain when your knee is clicking it's probably not serious. If you feel pain during the clicks, then you either had a knee injury which you probably remember, or the painful clicking emerged without an injury. Overall there are three possibilities: clicking without pain (this is not an issue), painful clicking after an injury or painful clicking without an injury. Read more...

Bear KompleX Knee Sleeve Review

The Bear KompleX sleeves are specially designed for crossfit and heavy squatting. The sleeves are thick and provide good support. However they are too thick for other sports like running or jogging, and not really suitable for everyday wear either. The sleeves come in 10 colors and sizes between S and XL. 5mm and 7mm thick versions are available too - the thicker gives more support for heavy lifting, the thinner gives more freedom of movement. Read more...

Best ACL Knee Brace For Sport

The ACL is a ligament behind your patella, inside of your knee. It connects your thigh bone to your shin bone. It protects your knee from two main forces: it stabilizes the knee so the lower part of it can't slide behind the upper part, and also stabilizes it agains inward rotation. This on the other hand means that these two forces can tear your acl, in particular the quick direction changes you do during basketball, football and skiing are very suspectible to this injury. Read more...

Your Kneecap Is Out Of Place - Now What?

The kneecap (or patella) is a small piece of bone, which is not fixed in place. It connects the shin bone to the thigh muscles with the patellar tendon and the quadriceps tendon. The kneecap sits inside the trochlea, which is a large groove in the upper part of the knee joint. The tension of the thigh muscles keeps the kneecap in the trochlea. A high speed injury is usually needed to move the kneecap out of the trochlea, so it hardly ever pops out unless you have an accident in a car, motorcycle, or during sporting. Read more...

FitXpert Knee Compression Sleeve Review

The FitXpert Knee Compression Sleeve is a generic looking but very effective sleeve. The the price is very competitive, as you get two sleeves in a single package. It's suitable for most sports and activities, is easy to wash, and will not drag you down as it's both light and flexible. The sleeve seems to have two versions, a thicker and a thinner one, so you can't be sure which one you'll get. You can wear the sleeve under your pants too. Read more...

Patellar Tendon Pain - Treatment And Help

Patellar tendon pain is the pain in the tendon just bellow the kneecap. If you have knee pain somewhere else then it's probably not the patellar tendon that is hurting. The patellar tendon connects your shin bone to the patella, and the quadriceps tendon connects your patella to your front thigh muscles. So your patellar tendon indirectly connects your shin bone and your front thigh muscles. These muscles are large and hold your weight when you squat or jump and you can particularly feel them when walking downhill. So in the end your small patellar tendons take a huge load, and can get hurt fairly easily from running or jumping. Read more...

SB SOX Compression Knee Brace Review

The SB SOX Compression Knee Brace is a great all-rounder brace, it is effective at reducing knee pain as it reduces the knee's loading. You can safely expect it to reduce pain from tearing, arthritis, injuries or surgeries. The brace is thin, can be worn under the clothing, and can help with almost any sport. However it's not really suited for the pool, as the chlorinated water may damage it. Read more...

Best knee brace for MCL injury

The MCL is the ligament on the inner side of your knees. As such the cause for MCL injuries are usually hits from the outer side of your knees, skiing and football accidents. The best braces for MCL injuries are dual hinged braces - these braces protect your knees from the side impact that can result in an MCL injury, and can help prevent the injury if you are prone to it. They also lessen the load on your MCL if you are already injured. Read more...

Best knee brace for patella injury

The patella is rounded-triangle shaped bone that's connected both to the shin bone and to the thigh bone via two tendons. Children born without a patella, and the patella forms during early childhood. As the patella wears a large load and is fairly exposed it can get injured easily. You can break your patella if falling, overload your patella tendons which can lead to tendonitis and tears. Some injuries or malformations can lead to the patella jumping out of place too. Read more...

Best knee brace for women, elderly and others

Both women and the elderly are more prone to knee injury than others. For women the problem comes from the anatomical and hormonal differences (read more here), while for the elderly knee tissue degeneration due to old age, and the pain and injuries which come after that are pretty much a fact of life. Read more...