Hinged Knee Braces offer the most robust lateral knee support available. They will also allow the knee to have the most natural range of motion and will avoid hyperextension (i.e. sudden excessive straightening of the knee that can cause damage to the structures behind the joint).
Some hinged knee braces have “range of motion” hinges. These are hinges with adjustable range of motion and are especially useful when rehabilitating a knee from severe ligament injury. You may also consider them for rehabilitation during the post op period following surgery to repair serious ligament damage. You can gradually increase the range of motion permitted by the hinge as your knee heals. As your knee approaches the point of full recovery, the adjustable range of motion approaches its natural point. This is the range you would expect from a healthy knee. Adjusting the range of motion hinge in this way allows the healing of your knee to proceed without interruption due to prematurely over-stressing the damaged ligaments. tendons, etc.
For Which Injuries Is A Hinged Knee Brace The Best Choice?
If you need a knee brace with the greatest possible lateral support, you should definitely consider a hinged brace.
A hinged knee brace is most suited for those situations in which knee ligaments have been torn or ruptured. In this situation, the knee needs the greatest possible amount of lateral support to take the pressure off those ligaments. It is also the optimal choice for knee injuries associated with meniscus tears (unless these injuries are caused by knee osteoarthritis). These injuries require the maximum lateral support possible.
You should also consider using a hinged knee brace during post op rehabilitation when recovering from surgery to repair significant knee injuries.
The Bio Skin CrossFire™ ROM protects the ACL, MCL and other knee ligaments by providing additional stability with its new SlimLok hinge. It also reduces unwanted knee joint bending and twisting. A compressive single layer section around the knee and a pre-tensioned area that prevenst bunching behind the knee rounds off an ultra comfortable knee brace with applications for pain reduction, healing and rehabilitation.
The Bio Skin Gladiator uses a rigid hinge for knee ligament protection and is a useful brace to use after knee reconstruction. The brace has a rigid strapping system that securely anchors it to your leg and avoids the need for more costly braces. You can also adjust the range of motion using pins to limit the degree of flexion and/or extension.
The Bio Skin Gladiator – Front Closure uses a rigid hinge to effectively protect knee ligaments, including during the post reconstruction phase. The brace uses a rigid strapping system to firmly anchor itself to your leg and avoid the need for more expensive knee braces. The brace uses an easy on/off front closure design and has pins for the hinges that you can set to control the degree of flexion and/or extension.
The Mueller Sports Medicine Hg80 Hinged Knee Brace is made of extremely comfortable fabric with maximum medial-lateral support to help protect weak or injured knees. Mueller-exclusive HydraCinn® fabric, Triaxial Hinges, tibial containment system, inner anti-slip strips, flatlock seams, form-fitting hourglass design, fully adjustable and comfortable fit.
The Bio Skin Hinged Knee Skin – Front Closure uses offset, bi-centric aluminium hinges to conform to the contours of differing leg shapes and provide extra knee support. In addition, it has a hook & loop front closure design to simplify application and removal and to help it accommodate a wide variety of leg shapes.
The McDavid Knee Brace With Dual Disk Hinges features an open centred 360˚ padded buttress to isolate and support your patella, as well as bound edges that help prevent irritation. In addition, a perforated back panel provides heat and moisture management and all-around comfort.
The McDavid Knee Brace With Polycentric Hinges uses bi-lateral geared polycentric hinges to provide you with stability and free movement. Its engineered top and bottom straps assure a customized and comfortable fit.
The Bio Skin Patella Stabilizer with Conforma Hinge will help to treat anterior knee pain and other patellar instability related knee problems. Constructed from Bio Skin’s patented, breathable materials, the Stabilizer gives excellent compression to control swelling and decrease pain in the knee. The donut shaped buttresses stabilize the patella and help keep swelling away from the knee joint. The brace has a lightweight and comfortable hinge to help address problems of knee joint instability..
The Bio Skin Premium J with Conforma hinge combines function, comfort and affordability with a buttress around the patella to help prevent patella subluxation and knee dislocation. It also features dual elastic straps criss-crossing the knee to help seat the patella in its trochlear groove for less patellofemoral pain.
The Mueller Sports Medicine Pro Level Hinged Knee Brace features a super strong triaxial hinge that follows the complex motion of the knee and results in near normal motion that standard polycentric dual hinges simply cannot match. It provides serious athletes with maximum medial-lateral support and can also be used in rehabilitative applications to limit the range of motion to 10°, 20° and 30.
The Bio Skin Q Brace with Conforma Hinge helps reduce the pain of mild to moderate patellar tracking problems. Its t-strap exerts gentle, lateral pressure on your patella to prevent subluxation (dislocation) and to keep it in its proper position. The patented and ultra light and thin Conforma Hinge provides additional stability to those who need it.
The Bio Skin Q Brace with Conforma Hinge – Front Closure will help to reduce the pain of mild to moderate patellar tracking problems. It uses a T Strap to exert gentle pressure on your patella to help prevent subluxation (dislocation) and keep the patella in its proper position. An ultra light hinge helps add additional knee stability to wear or unstable knees and the front closure design simplifies application and removal.
The Bio Skin Q Lok will help to reduce the effects of and support the rehabilitation of patellofemoral pain. Using a superior compression and strapping system, the Q Lok pushes the patella back into its correct position in the knee’s trochlear notch, which decreases pain and wear on the joint.
The Bio Skin Q Lok Front Closure helps to reduce the effects of patellar tracking problems and patellofemoral pain due to improper tracking between the patella (knee-cap) and the femur. It uses high levels of compression and a unique strapping system to push the patella back into its correct position in the trochlear notch.
The Bio Skin Q Lok ROM supports rehabilitation of the patellofemoral joint while helping to prevent subluxation and further dislocation during normal activities. A specially designed dynamic patella traction strap make this brace an ideal choice for patients suffering from a high Q angle or from chronic pain from patella tilt, glide and malignment. In addition, its thin, ½ inch range-of-motion hinge allows you to progressively adjust the degree of flexion and extension of the knee.
The Bio Skin Visco Knee Skin with Conforma Hinge is an excellent all-purpose knee support. The Visco gel ring around the patella provides passive massage to remove swelling and decrease knee pain. The brace is comfortable enough to wear all the time and is very useful a few weeks after knee surgery to control swelling and speed recovery. Includes Bio Skin’s innovative, lightweight and comfortable Conforma Hinge for extra knee joint stability.
The LP X-Tremus Hinged Knee Brace is designed to treat the symptoms of Cruciate or Collateral Ligament sprain, Knee Instability or Arthritis. It features an I pattern Magic Power Band to preserve energy consumption during knee flexion/extension, two adjustable hook and loop strapsfor a comfortable fit, flexible hinged joints and a symmetrical C pattern Stable Contoured Structure beside the knee cap that enhances joint stability. A donut shaped silicone pad surrounds the patella to provide padded protection and stabilization .
The LP X-Tremus Knee Brace targets the entire knee and provides maximum support with it’s 3-Dimensional knitting structure and donut shaped silicone pad combined with close circle high-density knitted fabric to improve patella stability.Other key features include bilateral spiral stays to support your knee, a double C pattern Stable Contoured Structure adjacent to the knee cap for extra joint stability, and a Y pattern Magic Power Band to conserves energy consumption during flexion and extension movements. Available in sizes Small to 3X-Large.