What Is The Purpose of Knee Sleeves? Leaving Pain Behind

They are called knee sleeves because they slip right onto your leg as you pull them up and over the knee like you would expect of any sleeve. They are designed to add support and stability to any healthy or weak knees. They do this with elasticity from the material they are made from adding a compression factor to the joint and surrounding area. The compression increases blood flow to the area and supports and stabilizes the joint.

This added stabilizing and supportive assistance is used to protect the joints when they are put in high-stress situations like sports activities or even some jobs. These same benefits help people continue to function and stay mobile with weak knees from injuries, surgeries, and arthritis. The added blood flow tends to warm the muscles, lubricate the joint, and can aid in faster recovery.

Knee Sleeves Are For:

  • Post-surgery
  • Injured knees that don’t require the rigid side braces of knee braces.
  • Pain relief and added support for weak knees caused by osteoarthritis.
  • Protection from injury when knees are subjected to the extreme pressure and strain of twist and turns involved in playing basketball, soccer, running, and other sports.
  • Holding knee joints, muscles, and tendons in place and adding much-needed support for different weight lifting scenarios.

This ingenious support device is made from very lightweight materials such as neoprene, drytex, or even knitted material. Knee sleeves fit snug and depending on the use, tight around your knee. They seldom add any extra bulk and are so light you barely know they’re there at all.

Overall they come in so many different sizes and even lengths that you’ll have no trouble finding just the right one or pair to fit your own purpose and needs. And if you’re picky about colors, no worries there ’cause knee sleeves come in everything from dull to the stars and stripes.

These are not knee braces.

knee with knee brace support after surgery with walking stick of patient in hospital
Knee Braces Are Different Than Knee Sleeves

But wait now. They are not to be confused with the more deluxe and intent specific knee braces. Whereas knee braces are usually worn for even more support and rigidity for seriously injured knees, sleeves are here to provide a snug and gentle compression to the joints and supporting muscles.

Wearing Knee Sleeves as a Preventative Measure

Knee joints are one of the largest joints in your body, and generally taken for granted – until you are alerted with knee pain? But that’s the beauty of sleeves. When you already know that you’re putting an extra strain, weight, and wear on these joints — why not go ahead and provide the extra support as a preventive measure?

Wearing knee sleeves as a preemptive measure only makes sense when you think about it. You will protect them from injury and yourself from limping around for a few weeks, or even surgeries. After slipping it over your foot and up your let to your knee, you’ll forget it’s there after a couple of steps, so it won’t be uncomfortable. (if it is it’s probably too tight)

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, don’t you think?

 Knee Sleeves for Support

Truth is — If you are noticing your knees at all, right now is probably the best time to purchase sleeves to stop any more damage. And besides that, if you feel like you’re disabled because of sore and arthritic knees, they will help you get on your feet and mobile again. Finally, you’ll be able to walk the mall all day again. You will be surprised at the results from such a simple and inexpensive device.

Knee sleeves are the best thing since cotton candy for a little extra support and protection for anyone. Of course, you could start right out with a brace if the doctor orders it for even more support. However, it won’t be nearly so flexible and unassuming as a simple knee sleeve that puts 1000s back into action every day and protects thousands more.

What Causes Knee Pain

The two leading causes of knee pain are injuries and arthritis.

Injured knees are caused by a large variety of reasons, and have nothing to do with age, gender (oh yes, sleeves come in colors, designs, and sizes just for ladies), and occupations.

Not all, but most injuries let you know right away that you have a problem. One thing they all have in common is excruciating pain. Whatever caused the problem, knee pain is, well, a real pain and n many cases, the person suffering will be advised to wear some sort of support.

As far as I’m concerned, if I am aware of my knee or knees at all, I have a problem.  Other than medication, knee sleeves are probably the most common solution to present knee pain along with preventive measures.

Who Are Knee Sleeves For?

When moving is painful, I do the most natural thing and try not to move around any more than necessary. But sometimes keeping a sore or painful knee from moving through its range of motion only causes more problems. When motion decreases the muscles are contracting and shortening, causing even less movement and more pain.

The more the flexibility decreases, the more difficult mobility or involvement in any sports becomes. Less flexibility and motion also leads to throwing off your balance which can be dangerous in any situation. And that’s not to mention that the less you move around, the fewer calories you burn, causing your weight to go up, and put even more pressure on your knees and hips.

Can you see the point I’m making here? A knee sleeve is for anyone needing a little extra support. They’re comfortable, inexpensive, and a great alternative to less movement, more pain, and excess weight: don’t you think? I bet you can see how a little extra support for mildly injured knees can go a long way!

Knee Sleeves to the Rescue

Case Study #1

James was dealing with some small knee pain issues caused by Osteoarthritis (which by the way is a very common cause of discomfort in the knee joints). The pain wasn’t unbearable at all, more of aggravation at this point, and even though he was still stable and mobile – it just seemed sore all the time. He was also cutting back on regular exercise, that unknowingly to him, was causing even more problems.

James finally decided to take the plunge with a knee sleeve for a little extra support. He was surprised to learn just how much better, stronger, and more stable his knee was. He’s now a strong proponent of elastic knee sleeves, and quick to tell everyone how the pain has diminished with the added support and how foolish it was to wait so long.

Case Study #2

Last week Myrtis was compelled to see her physician due to the lingering pain from an earlier injury. His recommendation was to expect a little more time to heal and rest a little more to deal with the knee issues. She agreed, and sorta followed is advice?

What Myrtis did was to purchase a knee sleeve to aid in her daily activities at work, around the house, and even started back to jogging. As it turned out the extra support from the sleeve made her feel a lot better, gave a big mental boost about her condition, improved her balance, and reminded her to take it easy.

She reports that she was a little surprised at how easy it is to slip on and off, that she can wear it under her jeans, and that she loves the warm feeling and flexibility.

Summary

The bottom line is this: knee sleeves aren’t for every knee injury, and they aren’t miracle devices (even though you may well think your first one is).

What they do is add immediate support and stability to knee joints. They do that with gentle compression unless you’re a weight lifter looking for protectin and more lifting power, in which case you’ll want a pretty tight-fitting sleeve. But for most people wearing a good snug fitting sleeve adds just the right amount of compression for comfort, usability, and powerful results.

They protect healthy knees with the same features they help heal sore and injured knees. The compression increases blood circulation and warmth as they provide much-needed protection in high-stress activities.

Only you know if your personal circumstances warrant a knee sleeve. If so, I wouldn’t put it off another minute. You could be amazed at the results.

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