In addition to our physical therapy treatment program, in many cases we also recommend that a patient wears a knee brace to alleviate pain and prevent future running injuries. Braces come in a variety of sizes and styles, and they are each designed for a specific function, but knee braces for runners generally help by providing stability and absorbing shock.
Effectively, we recommend knee braces and wrist/hand braces when a patient comes in with suspected ligamentous and tendinous damage/strain. The brace helps not only to cue and remind the patient to watch their biomechanics, but may aid them in attaining this a little easier. Also, braces supplant external support to joints, that are originally stabilized by tendons, muscles and ligaments. This external support usually helps the injured patient alleviate some of their pain as they are going through the healing process.