Both a knee strap and a knee brace can help bring pain under control, however it can be difficult knowing which treatment is best for your injury.
To help you choose the right product, Bauerfeind has broken down the five main differences between wearing a knee strap vs a knee brace.
1. Treating different injuries
The type of product you need will be determined by the injury you are treating.
Wearing a knee strap is great for more simple injuries like runner’s knee, jumper’s knee, patellofemoral pain and mild aches under the knee.
However, if you’re dealing with something more severe or looking to manage swelling, or anything else that’s giving you trouble, bracing is the best call.
2. Time and place for treatment
Knowing when and where to wear a knee support is arguably as important as the product you choose.
Whether it’s a knee strap or brace, you should always be wearing support when you’re exercising or playing sport to prevent injury and treat any current issues.
Wearing a knee brace - like the GenuTrain - can also help aid with the speed of recovery by minimising fatigue and pain during and after activity.
3. Get something comfortable
Having a comfortable support is essential to treating an injury - especially if you’re looking to keep active while you’re recovering.
While a lot of supports on the market are initially effective, they can become increasingly uncomfortable as they are made from neoprene and other thick overheating materials.
Bauerfeind use a special viscoelastic gel and breathable weave in both their straps and braces to allow for easy and comfortable all-day wear.
4. Doesn't have to be invasive
Even when we’re injured, we want to be able to recover and keep on going without the treatment interrupting our lifestyle.
A knee strap is often smaller and more discreet than a knee brace, however both have options suitable for your lifestyle.
A product such as the Knee Strap offers a range of colours to choose from, meaning you can make it work with whatever outfit you’ve got on that day.
While knee supports tend to be larger and cover your whole knee, Bauerfeind use a special flat knit weave to provide a slim fit, which can still be worn underneath most clothes.
5. Built to last
While knee braces are great for treating a wide range of issues, there are sadly a number of products are on the market tend to wear out quickly - they lose elasticity and fall apart.
Knee straps normally last longer due to their simple and minimal design, but many on the market also lose their effectiveness due to cheaper materials.
Bauerfeind use the highest quality materials in construction, German design and engineering to offer consumers faith the product has been built to last.
Regardless of what you’re looking for in knee support, Bauerfeind can help you to find the right strap or brace to get your knee back in action.
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Bauerfeind products are developed at our innovation and manufacturing facility in Zeulenroda, Germany. Based on years of scientific research, our award-winning braces and support garments are highly recommended by medical professionals and athletes worldwide.
For assistance selecting the right product for your needs, book a video consultation with a Bauerfeind expert: Book Video Call, or call us on 1300 668 466.