Custom Brace Benefits
Custom braces basically help realign the joint; taking pressure off of damaged areas to relieve pain and restore function. Bracing is one of a number of noninvasive ways to treat knee or elbow OA and/or delay the need for joint replacement surgery.
The unloader brace pushes the knee or elbow back into normal alignment and puts more of the force to the outside compartment and less on the damaged inside compartment so the knee feels better."
Types of braces include prophylactic braces, which are for injury prevention; functional braces, which support an injured knee; rehabilitative braces, which help the joint to heal after surgery or injury; and patelloformal braces, which prevent the kneecap from dislocating.
According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, elastic knee or elbow braces provide a number of benefits. These include reduction of impact to the knee, particularly for athletes; reduced rotation during exercise; and reduction of injuries, particularly to the medial collateral ligament (MCL), when worn during activity.