The knee brace can be used as a preventive device, or to provide support to an injured knee. Therapists often recommend this orthotic device as a preventive measure for patients that participate in sports, or that have been diagnosed with weakness in that area. Knee braces are available in all different sizes and can be customized to fit the needs of the individual patient.
Therapists will recommend a plus size knee brace for larger patients. This will ensure that the brace is strong enough to support their weight, and many of them have extra padding for comfort and additional support. These can be worn throughout the day, and easily fit underneath clothing. In many cases, a knee brace provides enough support to prevent the patient from needing further lower extremity therapy.
The most common material used to manufacture the knee brace is neoprene. Custom knee braces include a mixture of metal and other materials to create a unique fit. The neoprene knee braces are mass-produced in different sizes so that therapists have them readily available in the office. The plus size knee brace is normally available in sizes from 2X to 4X. Larger sizes may need to be ordered through the supplier.
Your therapist will be able to recommend a knee brace to support your condition. If you simply want a device to use during activities, you will more than likely be issued an off-the-shelf brace. These can also be purchased in drugstores, but your therapist will be able to help you decide which one will offer the maximum support. Serious knee injuries may require a custom knee brace. Patients would need to visit a certified orthotist to be properly fitted for this. The measurements are sent to the manufacturer, and the brace is usually ready in 2 to 3 weeks. In the meantime, patients are often given a temporary brace.
There is a variety of information available about custom knee braces and off-the-shelf devices. If you need a plus size knee brace, you may have to ask your therapist to place an order with a supplier. Having the proper knee support during sports activities or after an injury is very important. With the right brace, you will be able to resume your daily activities with little or no pain. For more information on support devices for the knees, speak with your therapist or find an educational medical site online.