- A knee brace long, also known as a knee sleeve with a patella stabilizer or a knee support with hinges, is a more substantial knee support that extends from the thigh to the calf. It is typically made of a combination of stretchable and rigid materials, such as neoprene, nylon, and metal, and is designed to provide moderate to high support and stabilization to the knee joint. Knee brace longs are commonly used by athletes and individuals who have suffered a knee injury or have a chronic knee condition that requires more significant support than a knee brace short can provide.
- One of the key features of a knee brace long is the patella stabilizer, which is a padded ring that sits around the kneecap and helps to keep it in place during movement. This can help to alleviate pain and prevent further injury to the patella.
- Another feature of a knee brace long is the hinges, which are metal or plastic components that are built into the sides of the support. The hinges help to limit the movement of the knee joint, providing additional stability and support. Some knee brace longs have adjustable hinges, allowing the wearer to customize the level of support and movement restriction.
- Knee brace longs also typically have straps or closures that allow for a customizable and secure fit. Some knee brace longs have open patella designs, which can help to reduce pressure on the kneecap, while others have closed patella designs, which provide additional support and stabilization.
- Knee brace longs come in various sizes and can be worn on either knee. They are commonly used by individuals who have suffered knee injuries such as ACL tears or meniscus tears, as well as those who have chronic knee conditions such as osteoarthritis or patellofemoral syndrome. Knee brace longs can help to alleviate pain, reduce swelling and inflammation, and improve knee function and stability.