How to Put on a Knee Support

A knee support protects and supports your knee. They aid in helping unstable joints and prevent injury to normal, healthy joints. Knee supports are especially required when you have a moderate knee joint injury involving damage to cartilage or ligament. These include anterior or posterior cruciate ligament sprains or medial or lateral ligament sprains. Knee supports also help injured knees recover by retaining heat in the knee area. Heat allows the blood vessels in the knee to expand so that more oxygen and nutrients reach it, hastening recovery time. Wearing a knee support properly will help you recover from (and prevent) injury.

A man is adjusting a knee brace.
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Step 1

Buy a high-quality knee support from a medical equipment store or drug store. All adult knee supports are one-size-fits-all. These knee supports are comfortable and be used for full range of motion for your knee. Ask your physician for advice on which knee support is best.

Step 2

Sit comfortably on a chair and apply the knee support on the affected knee. Make sure the opening to the support is on your kneecap. If the knee support comes with a strap in the middle, make sure to wrap it around your knee and firmly attach it to the appropriate fastener. Always read the instructions that come with the knee support.

Step 3

Identify any more straps on the knee support. Most knee straps have lower and upper straps. Securely wrap these straps around the body of you knee support, making sure they are not too tight; you should not feel numbness.

Step 4

Stand up and walk around for five minutes. If your knee support bunches up against your knee, sit down and smooth the knee support over your knee to eliminate the wrinkles. If your knee feels numb, loosen the straps slightly.

Is This an Emergency?

If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.
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