A brace for the knee is a constraint of knee movement, usually made of fabric and plastic and/or metal.

Immobiliser knee brace

An immobiliser brace to totally prevent knee movement.

OTS brace

A functional brace to allow protected knee movement.


Brace controversies

There is a lot of controversy about braces - caused by a mixture of unreasonable expectations from users, fierce competition amongst manufacturers, and a plethora of poorly-controlled and relatively unscientific studies. There is also a lot of ignorance amongst both the medical profession and suppliers themselves.

But there are some good scientific studies and some excellent manufacturers and suppliers. Some braces are enormously expensive, and it is important to understand that there are considerable variations in brace design and manufacture, depending on what the manufacturer is trying to achieve.


Braces for the patella

Patellar braces attempt to stabilise the patella from moving from its central position.



Brace on NHS?


Biomechanical effect of unloader braces for medial osteoarthritis of the knee: a systematic review (CRD 42015026136). Petersen W, Ellermann A, Zantop T, Rembitzki IV, Semsch H, Liebau C and Best R. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2016; 136: 649–656.

See also -


For a wide range of knee braces and soft tissue supports, see:

In UK:

Orthotics for Hard and Soft Tissue Injuries. Ossur.

Performance Bracing for Sports Enthusiasts from CTi