Revision Total Knee Replacement: Getting the Facts 

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about revision total knee replacement.

What are the different types of knee braces, and how would they be used?

Knee braces are sometimes used as supportive or protective devices, according to the American Academy of Family PhysiciansOff Site Icon (AAFP). There is little evidence that wearing a brace can prevent injury, and in post-surgical cases, knee bracing has to be paired with some type of physical rehabilitative care, according to the AAFP.

The AAFP states that the common types of knee braces include:

  • Functional: Supportive braces for injured knees
  • Prophylactic: Protective braces for wear during contact sports like football
  • Rehabilitative: Movement-limiting brace worn while a knee is healing after an injury or surgery
  • Unloader/offloader: Braces worn to provide relief to people who have conditions such as arthritis

For more information about knee bracing, talk to your doctor.

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Source: Richard Davis II, MD, Premier Orthopedics; National Institutes of Health; American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; National Institutes of Health