With a knee sleeve, you can apply compression to the entire knee joint instead of to a particular area. This is useful in treating problems like sore muscles and minor knee sprains or strains.
In addition to compression, knee sleeves with a neoprene based construction can retain body heat and use it to apply warmth to the knee joint. This aids blood circulation through the joint and also helps to reduce knee stiffness.
Warm ligaments and muscles are also more supple and stretchable. This means they are less likely to incur damage as a result of physical exertions before you have properly warmed up. Having said this, we would always suggest properly warming up and stretching before you embark on any physically strenuous activity, even if you are wearing a knee sleeve. It’s the best way to avoid unnecessary injuries.
Wearing a knee sleeve will also be of benefit if you have suffered a knee ligament injury and are just becoming active once again after the injury has healed. The enhanced blood circulation and therapeutic warmth will reduce the risk that you may re-injure your knee ligaments.
Having stated the advantages of knee sleeves, we should also mention that braces that are purely sleeves offer very little lateral support to the knee joint. Nor should you expect any kneecap support if you have a history of patella instability. For these types of injuries, you are better off considering hinged knee braces or knee stabilizers (for lateral support) or patella stabilizers (for kneecap support.
Many knee braces are hybrid in nature. By this we mean that they combine the features of knee sleeves with those of another type of design such as hinged knee braces. This type of brace will offer both the compression of a sleeve and the lateral support of a hinged brace. If you suffer from compound knee injuries, you should consider a brace of this type in your search.
The extra long Mueller Sports Medicine Knee Sleeve – Closed Patella delivers even compression and soothing warmth to reduce arthritic pain and help heal repetitive stress injuries of the knee. Replaces the 424 Closed Patella Knee Sleeve
The McDavid Hyperblend Knee Sleeve w/Buttress & Stays pairs the supportive qualities of neoprene and the compression and comfort of knit material to produce a lightweight design with superior compression to neoprene.
The McDavid Knee Sleeve employs their exclusive 5-needle stitch for a flatter, cleaner and stronger seam that reduces skin damage from wearing the sleeve. It also has a seamless back of knee design for additional comfort in that sensitive area, as well as an outer covering made from heavy duty nylon fabric for added durability.
The McDavid Knee Sleeve / Elastic compresses and supports weak or injured soft tissues. It uses an elastic construction that allows your knee to breathe and is ideal for those with sensitive skin or neoprene allergies. The pull on design facilitates application and removal.
The Bio Skin Standard Knee Skin offers compression for pain relief, swelling control and greater proprioception. The two-panel construction design eliminates any seam from the sensitive skin behind the kneecap and the unique, patented Ultima material keeps it breathable and comfortable by wicking moisture away from the skin.