A neoprene knee support is typically made from a durable, stretchable, and water-resistant material called neoprene. Neoprene is known for its excellent elasticity, heat retention, and comfort. It is often used in sports and medical applications due to its supportive properties.
The knee support is designed to fit snugly around the knee, providing a compressive and comfortable fit. It usually consists of a sleeve-like structure that can be easily slipped over the knee or secured with adjustable straps or closures, such as Velcro straps or hook-and-loop fasteners. This allows for a customizable and secure fit for different knee sizes and shapes.
The neoprene material provides compression to the knee joint, which can help reduce swelling, improve circulation, and provide a feeling of stability. The compression also helps to retain heat, promoting increased blood flow and aiding in the healing process.
Neoprene knee supports often feature an open patella design, where the kneecap area is left uncovered or reinforced with additional padding or stabilization. This design allows for proper tracking of the patella during movement and reduces pressure on the kneecap.
The knee support may also include additional support structures such as metal or plastic stays on the sides of the knee for added stability. These stays help prevent lateral or sideways movements that can lead to injury or aggravate existing conditions.
Neoprene knee supports are versatile and can be used during various activities, including sports, exercise, or everyday movements. They provide mild to moderate support, stability, and protection to the knee joint. The compressive nature of the neoprene material can also promote proprioception (awareness of joint position) and help reduce pain and discomfort.