There are many different types of knee support devices available to provide cushioning and promote quick recovery, provide general stability and protection to allow an injured knee to heal properly. Some knee braces, wraps, and straps are designed specifically for certain kinds of knee problems, such as torn ligaments, injured kneecaps, or arthritis-induced joint pain.
An elastic tube/sleeve kind of knee support is used by athletes to provide general stability and prevent unstable movement which may cause knee or ligament injury.
An elastic bandage or wrap can be used to wrap a mildly injured knee joint, limiting its ability to move and bend. When properly used, a bandage can also help prevent excessive swelling and allow a person to engage in light physical activity.
For moderate knee pain, a brace may be necessary to provide additional knee support. These braces are typically made of lightweight, elastic material that wrap around part of the upper and lower leg, with an opening for the knee.
A person with arthritis or another condition that affects the knee joint may be able to find relief with a knee strap/wrap. They are attached just under the knee joint to provide support and slight compression. A strap takes tension off of the knee without limiting its range of motion.