A long knee brace typically consists of a sturdy frame or panels made of rigid material, such as plastic or metal, and soft padding or cushioning for comfort. The frame or panels are strategically positioned along the length of the leg, encompassing the thigh, knee, and lower leg.
The brace is designed to encase and immobilize the entire leg, providing maximum stability and support. It is typically secured in place using straps, closures, or hook-and-loop fasteners, such as Velcro straps or buckles, ensuring a secure and customized fit.
The main purpose of a long knee brace is to restrict motion and prevent any unnecessary movement of the knee joint. It helps protect the knee from further injury, reduce pain, and promote the healing process by allowing the injured structures to rest and recover.
Long knee braces often feature adjustable hinges or locking mechanisms at the knee joint. These hinges allow for controlled range of motion adjustments, enabling healthcare professionals to set specific limits on knee flexion (bending) and extension (straightening) based on the individual’s needs.
The padding or cushioning within the brace provides comfort and helps distribute pressure evenly along the leg. It may also include additional support structures like straps or extensions to provide further stabilization and prevent shifting or rotation of the brace.
Long knee braces are commonly used in cases of severe ligament injuries, post-surgical rehabilitation, fractures, or when extended immobilization is required. They provide maximum support, stability, and protection to the knee joint, aiding in the recovery process and allowing the injured area to heal properly.