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MCL Knee Brace

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Posted 5 months ago

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Last updated: 29/11/2022

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by James McCormack

James McCormack is a Physical Therapist who specializes in foot & ankle injuries. james-mccormack.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Injury

The medial collateral ligament is a strong, superficial ligament on the inside of the knee joint. Its function is to prevent excessive inward movement of the knee during motion and activity. Injuries to this ligament are mostly treated conservatively with rest and the use of a brace in the acute phase. A brace that can limit the angle of knee bend is used for more significant injuries. And in severe cases, complete immobilization of the joint in full extension may be necessary for a period to facilitate healing.

 

A common complaint with this injury, aside from pain is that the knee can feel unstable. This feeling of instability can continue well beyond the full healing of the ligament, as the ligament may heal with greater laxity than pre-injury. In these cases braces can be helpful to provide great stability and compression improves the proprioception of the joint and consequentially improves control. Both of these elements will prevent injury or re-injury.

 

Here are the best MCL knee braces for MCL injury.

 

McDavid Hinged MCL Knee Brace

  • Hinged joint sidebars
  • Strong stabilization
  • Compression sleeve design
  • Adjustable straps for a secure fit
  • Open patella design
  • Sweat absorbing and quick dry material

This is a good knee brace if you need help with the stability of your knee but do not need to limit the angle of your knee. This is a light brace that can also be used for prevention of an MCL injury as well as recovery from a mild injury.

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NEENCA Hinged MCL Knee Brace

  • Hinged joint sidebars with adjustable angle fixation
  • Adjustable straps for a secure fit
  • Open patella design
  • Sweat absorbing and quick dry material

This is a good knee brace if you need moderate support and to limit the knee to specific angles after a moderate MCL injury. It offers moderate support but is less stable in full extension than longer braces.

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Bauerfeind GenuTrain S Knee Brace

  • Medical grade compression
  • Hinged joint sidebars with adjustable angle fixation
  • Adjustable straps for a secure fit
  • Visco elastic pad surrounds the patella

This is a high-quality and durable knee brace that is well designed for those that want to use it while playing sport. It has a secure fit and provides significant stability while being breathable and lightweight. This is a good option for those who feel their knee is unstable and need more support from a brace, and for those who have swelling around the knee following a mild or moderate MCL injury.

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Orthomen Hinged MCL Knee Brace

  • Full knee extension immobilization
  • Hinged joint sidebars with adjustable angle fixation
  • Strong stabilization
  • Comfortable padding
  • Adjustable straps for a secure fit

This is a great knee brace for recovery of a severe MCL injury or for use after surgery. The greater length and adjustable angles of knee flexion will provide the fixation and security needed after a repair surgery of the MCL. This works well with a knee compression sleeve underneath during the acute phase after surgery when there is more swelling.

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Physiotherapy with James McCormack

This is not medical advice. We recommend a consultation with a medical professional such as James McCormack. He offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments for £45.

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