How to Choose a Knee Brace for Knee Pain and Arthritis

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Experiencing a sudden knee pain while running? Or does your joint hurt while walking or exercising? It is time for you to get checked if you have arthritis as it can be troublesome and painful. With that pain in your knee, doing your daily routine can be a daunting task, with pain shooting through the knees now and then. To eradicate this kind of pain, we suggest using a knee brace which provides much-required support to the knee so that the pain can be eased, and one can be mobile without popping pills continuously. The challenge does not end here; choosing the right kind of brace for knee support is essential to ensure that your knee is protected from recurring pain.

Hansaplast offers the right solution with its pioneering product, called the Sports Knee Brace. This product has been designed to provide knee support for arthritis, osteoarthritis, joint pain, sprains, and knee instability. Not only does the brace facilitate the healing process, but it is also a protective guard that ensures the knee is well-protected from injurious impacts that may further damage the joint. The latex-free Sports Knee Brace is made from a hypoallergenic and breathable fabric with a patella inlay design for both legs, offering superior comfort and pain-free days.

How to Choose a Knee Brace for Arthritis or Knee Pain?

It is pertinent to pick a knee brace, often referred to as a knee belt, which offers optimal support. Your doctor might advise a particular type of brace, but before you choose one, you need to know three essential things:

  1. When is the right time to wear a knee brace
  2. What are the different types of knee braces available in the market?
  3. What are the different levels of protection a knee brace offers?

Once you have the answers to these questions, you can choose the right one for your injured knee.

When is the right time to wear a knee brace?

are best worn when:

  • You have hurt your knees bad, strained or sprained them; and,
  • You wish to prevent injuries during practice; or,
  • When you are suffering from a knee condition called arthritis. In this condition, the knee joints swell, and you can feel tenderness or stiffness. 

What are the different types of knee braces available in the market?

Knee sleeves are easy to wear, like a slip-on, and fit your knees tightly. This brace compresses the area, thereby preventing any further swelling, damage, or pain. This type of brace is perfect for mild pain, even arthritic pain. One of the best benefits is that you can wear it under your clothes and go about your day’s work.

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A wraparound is often recommended for athletes or people who have an intensive physical routine. It is a dual-wrap brace offering solace to moderately-intense knee pain. These braces are ideal as they are made to provide a higher level of knee support than knee sleeves. Also, these are lightweight and can be worn with ease during activity or training.

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A knee strap is advised for people suffering from patellar tendonitis or ‘Runner's Knee’.

The major advantage of wearing this strap is that it prevents injuries to the patella by keeping the patellar tendon compressed.

Hinged braces are meant for resolving acute pain, and due to their make, they help in the alignment of the knee area, especially when it is bent. Usually, this type of knee belt is recommended after surgery.

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There are also the closed and the open patella braces. The closed ones help keep the area compressed and put pressure on the knee, offering optimal support. The open braces have a hole in the center of the belt that helps with the better movement of the knees.

What are the Different Levels of Protection a Knee Brace can Offer?

There are four protection levels:

Primary- It is meant for arthritis and tendonitis pain and sprains; 

Advanced- It is meant for chronic pain and swelling; 

Maximum- Maximum is for reducing injury to the knee and is intended as a proactive knee support measure. 

Maximum+- There is another level called the ’maximum+, which is meant for post-surgical and therapeutic recoveries.

Other Factors

When buying a knee belt, you need to consider the comfort factor for sure. More importantly, the support and level of compression need to be evaluated. It should not be too tight; for that would affect the blood circulation to and from the injured area.  

The right thing to do is first to measure the circumference of your knee. It would then help if you referred to the size chart to find which knee brace would fit you properly. The final choice will also depend on whether you have had surgery or not recently, the injury type, and the doctor's recommendation.


Pain in the joints and muscles can be resolved to a great extent by being more active and fit and using the right knee brace to keep the pain under control. This knee brace by Hansaplast India ensures uninterrupted action without getting bogged down by pain and discomfort in knees. Staying proactive with your health and fitness will help you live an improved quality of life. 

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