Originally Posted by El Diablo
^^ a brace that grips firmly above and below the knee, in the hope of offering some vertical support (unloading of the knee) as well as lateral support.
I have always had trouble seeing how that type of brace can work very well. How can anything grip the soft tissues of the leg and reduce the movement/pressure inside the knee joint, pressure on the menisci and articular cartilages? Pressure might build up with just a millimeter or two of compression between the upper and lower leg bones. How can a brace stop that small a motion? Does that type of brace irritate the leg muscles or tendons, etc.?
Do you have any information, personal endorsements, etc. on how effective this type of brace is? Do you have a link or brand name that I could search?