(HealthDay News) -- A knee brace can help protect an injured knee from further injury, or help prevent injury in a weakened or arthritic knee.
The American Academy of Family Physicians offers this list of different types of knee braces:
- A prophylactic knee brace can protect knees from injury during contact sports, including football.
- Functional braces can help protect an already injured knee from further damage.
- Rehabilitative braces help stabilize and protect knees that are recovering from injury or surgery.
- Unloader or offloader braces offer support and protection to knees that are affected by arthritis.