Top 5 knee orthoses

Our knees are under tremen­dous stress, so they often suf­fer from injuries and dis­eases. Spe­cial orthoses help to reduce pain, restore the nor­mal func­tion­ing of the joint and pro­tect it from over­load. Learn from an expert how to choose and wear knee orthoses
Top 5 knee orthoses
Top 5 knee orthoses

The main task of the ortho­sis is to fix the joint in a phys­i­o­log­i­cal­ly cor­rect posi­tion. In addi­tion, orthoses can par­tial­ly or com­plete­ly lim­it the mobil­i­ty of the joint, give it rigid­i­ty. There are mod­els with com­pres­sion, mas­sage and warm­ing effect.1.2. It is easy to get con­fused in such a vari­ety, and an incor­rect­ly select­ed ortho­sis will either not help, or even wors­en a per­son­’s con­di­tion. There­fore, you need to choose an ortho­pe­dic prod­uct only after con­sult­ing an ortho­pe­dic doc­tor.

Rating of the top 5 best orthoses for the knee joint

Togeth­er with our expert trau­ma­tol­o­gist-ortho­pe­dist Lev Dunaev We have select­ed 5 of the best orthoses for the knee joint. Our rat­ing includes mod­els that have proven them­selves among doc­tors and patients. Top 5 includes ther­a­peu­tic and pro­phy­lac­tic orthoses for the knee joint of vary­ing degrees of fix­a­tion, with and with­out hinges.

1. Knee brace BAUERFEIND GenuTrain S

Bauerfeind GenuTrain S knee brace
Bauer­feind Genu­Train S knee brace.

This rigid brace is rec­om­mend­ed for osteoarthri­tis, mod­er­ate knee insta­bil­i­ty and lat­er­al lig­a­ment injuries. Elas­tic mate­r­i­al and a ring-shaped sil­i­cone insert in the knee area have a mas­sage effect on the mus­cles. Anatom­ic splints com­bined with non-elas­tic bands pro­vide lat­er­al sta­bi­liza­tion of the knee joint. Wear­ing an ortho­sis helps to improve blood cir­cu­la­tion, get rid of pain and swelling. At lat­er stages of reha­bil­i­ta­tion, you can remove the splints and use this mod­el as a medi­um fix­a­tion prod­uct.

Con­traindi­ca­tions: wounds, ulcers and bed­sores in the area of ​​con­tact with the ortho­sis, indi­vid­ual intol­er­ance to mate­ri­als.

adjustable degree of fix­a­tion; wear­ing com­fort; the tire can be heat­ed and “fit­ted” to the shape of the knee.
They often try to fake a Ger­man brand, it is bet­ter to buy only in an ortho­pe­dic salon.

2. Knee brace ORLETT RKN-202 neoprene articulated

Knee brace Orlett RKN-202
Ortho­sis on the knee joint Orlett RKN-202.

Ortho­sis ORLETT RKN-202 with hinges pro­vides a strong degree of fix­a­tion of the knee joint and its lat­er­al sta­bi­liza­tion. Two hinges main­tain nor­mal joint bio­me­chan­ics dur­ing move­ment, reduce the load on the lig­a­ments and pre­vent knee hyper­ex­ten­sion. The ortho­sis is rec­om­mend­ed for peo­ple with insta­bil­i­ty and defor­mi­ty of the knee joint, the ini­tial degree of osteoarthri­tis, injuries of the patel­la and menis­cus. For pre­ven­tive pur­pos­es, the ortho­sis is worn dur­ing sports and when per­form­ing work that is asso­ci­at­ed with a load on the joint.

Con­traindi­ca­tions: ulcers, wounds and bed­sores in the area of ​​con­tact with the ortho­sis, aller­gy to mate­ri­als.

reli­able fix­a­tion; wear­ing com­fort; can be used for ther­a­peu­tic and pro­phy­lac­tic pur­pos­es.
not every­one likes the design.

3. Knee brace PUSH Med Knee Brace

Knee brace Push Braces Push med Knee Brace
Knee brace Push Braces Push med Knee Brace.

The PUSH Med Knee Brace with hinges pro­vides a strong fix­a­tion and reli­able pro­tec­tion of the knee due to two spring springs that are locat­ed on the kneecap and fol­low the nat­ur­al move­ment of the joint. For addi­tion­al fix­a­tion, a sil­i­cone insert is pro­vid­ed in the patel­la area. The ortho­sis allows you to sup­port and restore the joint after injuries of the patel­la and menis­cus, helps to fight arthri­tis, arthro­sis, val­gus and varus defor­mi­ty.

Con­traindi­ca­tions: ulcers, wounds and bed­sores in the area of ​​con­tact with the ortho­sis, aller­gy to mate­ri­als.

breath­able mate­r­i­al; fix­es the knee well and does not move out; con­ve­nient to put on and take off; There is a knee adjust­ment.
not sold in all ortho­pe­dic salons.

4. Orthosis for the knee joint Trives Т‑8508/Т.44.28

Trives knee brace T-8508/T.44.28
Trives knee ortho­sis T‑8508/T.44.28.

This is a detach­able ortho­sis with hinges and a strong degree of fix­a­tion. It has a warm­ing and mas­sage effect. Detach­able design allows you to effec­tive­ly fix the ortho­sis in peo­ple with lim­it­ed joint mobil­i­ty and large body weight. Knit knee pan­el is breath­able and reduces fric­tion. Addi­tion­al fix­a­tion is pro­vid­ed by two tapes with Vel­cro fas­ten­ers.

The ortho­sis is indi­cat­ed for use in injuries of the lat­er­al and cru­ci­ate lig­a­ments, inflam­ma­to­ry and degen­er­a­tive dis­eases of the knee joint, dur­ing the reha­bil­i­ta­tion peri­od after injuries and oper­a­tions in this area. It can be used to pre­vent injuries of the knee joint dur­ing phys­i­cal exer­tion and sports.

Con­traindi­ca­tions: malig­nant neo­plasms and skin lesions in the area of ​​con­tact with the ortho­sis, gonathro­sis with val­gus or varus defor­mi­ty of the low­er extrem­i­ties, throm­bophlebitis, indi­vid­ual intol­er­ance to mate­ri­als.

detach­able design; secure fix­a­tion.
some patients com­plain that the ortho­sis rubs.

5. Knee splint Orliman IR-4000/IR-5000

Knee splint Orliman IR-4000
Knee splint Orli­man IR-4000.

The uni­ver­sal ortho­sis suits peo­ple of dif­fer­ent build and height. It is made of hypoal­ler­genic 3‑TEX mate­r­i­al, which freely pass­es air and removes mois­ture from the body. It con­sists of 3 remov­able pan­els, on the inside there are elas­tic straps that pre­vent the ortho­sis from slip­ping and allow it to “fit” it exact­ly to the leg. To immo­bi­lize the joint, 3 rigid met­al splints are designed.

Wear­ing a splint is indi­cat­ed for injuries of the patel­la, after oper­a­tions on the menis­ci, before surgery with severe pain. You can use a splint instead of a plas­ter cast for injuries and oper­a­tions on the knee joint.

Con­traindi­ca­tions: malig­nant tumors and skin injuries in the area of ​​con­tact with the ortho­sis, throm­bophlebitis, aller­gy to mate­ri­als.

a good alter­na­tive to a plas­ter cast; col­lapsi­ble design; uni­ver­sal size.
quite a high price for a tutor.

How to choose an orthosis for the knee joint

As our expert Lev Dunaev explains, a knee ortho­sis should be select­ed by an ortho­pe­dist. The choice of prod­uct depends on the goal pur­sued by the doc­tor and the patient. To pro­tect the knee joints dur­ing phys­i­cal exer­tion, a pro­phy­lac­tic ortho­sis is need­ed. Reha­bil­i­ta­tion mod­els are used after injuries and oper­a­tions, and func­tion­al­ly per­ma­nent mod­els are used to treat exist­ing patholo­gies.3.

When choos­ing, the func­tion­al­i­ty of the ortho­sis is also tak­en into account. It can fix the limb, lim­it its mobil­i­ty par­tial­ly or com­plete­ly, cor­rect defor­mi­ties, reduce the load on the leg and sup­port it when the knee joint is weak­ened.3.

In addi­tion, orthoses dif­fer in the degree of fix­a­tion:

  • a light degree of fix­a­tion is need­ed to pre­vent injuries and sup­port joints dur­ing phys­i­cal exer­tion;
  • medi­um fix­a­tion is required if a per­son is wor­ried about an old injury or dis­ease;
  • strong fix­a­tion is indi­cat­ed for mild joint insta­bil­i­ty, before sur­gi­cal treat­ment or if it is con­traindi­cat­ed;
  • a full degree of fix­a­tion is required for seri­ous frac­tures, torn lig­a­ments.
  • vari­able fix­a­tion is used in cas­es where it is nec­es­sary to grad­u­al­ly adjust the ampli­tude of limb mobil­i­ty dur­ing treat­ment.

After choos­ing a mod­el with the desired func­tion­al­i­ty and degree of fix­a­tion, the doc­tor mea­sures 3 indi­ca­tors: knee cir­cum­fer­ence, thigh cir­cum­fer­ence 10–15 cm above the patel­la and shin cir­cum­fer­ence at the same dis­tance below the patel­la. These para­me­ters will be need­ed to select the cor­rect size. Mea­sure­ment rec­om­men­da­tions may vary depend­ing on the man­u­fac­tur­er.

On your own, with­out the help of a spe­cial­ist, you can choose only a pre­ven­tive ortho­sis, which is used to pro­tect the joints from stress. But in this case, it is bet­ter to first con­sult with a doc­tor to assess the con­di­tion of the mus­cu­loskele­tal sys­tem.

How to wear a knee brace

- The ortho­sis is worn on a bare leg or a thin stock­ing. The skin must be clean and dry, with­out open wounds or scratch­es. The dura­tion of wear­ing is deter­mined by the doc­tor, the aver­age peri­od is a month. In severe patholo­gies, the ortho­sis is removed only for 20 min­utes 2 times a day for hygien­ic treat­ment of the skin, explains Lev Dunaev, an ortho­pe­dic trau­ma­tol­o­gist.

Reviews of doctors about orthoses on the knee joint

Orthoses are wide­ly used in med­ical prac­tice and have proven their effec­tive­ness. Ortho­pe­dists-trau­ma­tol­o­gists rec­om­mend wear­ing an ortho­sis after surgery and injuries of the knee joint, with sprains and bruis­es of the lig­a­ments, with arthri­tis, arthro­sis, syn­ovi­tis and oth­er inflam­ma­to­ry and degen­er­a­tive dis­eases of this area. At the same time, doc­tors empha­size that it is nec­es­sary to select an ortho­sis togeth­er with a spe­cial­ist and buy prod­ucts in ortho­pe­dic salons so as not to pur­chase a fake.

Popular questions and answers

Trau­ma­tol­o­gist-ortho­pe­dist Lev Dunaev answers pop­u­lar ques­tions about knee orthoses.

What is the difference between a brace and an orthosis on the knee joint?

- A ban­dage is a kind of ortho­sis. It is made of cot­ton, lycra, elas­tane, neo­prene and oth­er elas­tic mate­ri­als and pro­vides a soft­er fix­a­tion com­pared to an ortho­sis. The ban­dage fix­es the joint, has a warm­ing, mas­sage and anti-ede­ma­tous effect. The pur­pose of the ban­dage is to sup­port the joints dur­ing sports and the pre­ven­tion of ortho­pe­dic dis­eases.

Orthoses most often have a more com­plex design, for exam­ple, artic­u­lat­ed. Although today man­u­fac­tur­ers also pro­duce soft orthoses, which, accord­ing to their indi­ca­tions, are sim­i­lar to ban­dages.

What is a knee brace for?

- Orthoses help reduce pain and swelling in dis­eases of the knee joint, con­tribute to faster recov­ery after surgery and injuries. In addi­tion, they pre­vent dam­age to the knee joint dur­ing sports and phys­i­cal labor.

Orthoses have a com­plex effect: they fix the limb in a phys­i­o­log­i­cal­ly cor­rect posi­tion, par­tial­ly or com­plete­ly lim­it joint mobil­i­ty, pro­tect the joint from exter­nal influ­ences, and improve blood cir­cu­la­tion.

Do I need to sleep in a knee brace?

- It is nec­es­sary if the doc­tor rec­om­mends it. As a rule, round-the-clock wear­ing is indi­cat­ed in the treat­ment of a frac­ture. In this case, the ortho­sis is opened only for hygiene pro­ce­dures and with the per­mis­sion of the doc­tor.

How long do you need to wear a knee brace?

- This is deter­mined by the doc­tor, tak­ing into account the diag­no­sis and the patien­t’s con­di­tion. The tim­ing of treat­ment with an ortho­sis is indi­vid­ual, but usu­al­ly it is worn for at least a month.


  1. Toolk­it. “Reha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram for dam­age to the car­ti­lagi­nous and cap­su­lar-lig­a­men­tous struc­tures of the knee joint.” Cen­tral Research Insti­tute of Trau­ma­tol­ogy and Ortho­pe­dics. N.N. Pri­orov https://www.orlett.ru/img/pdf/Metod_Cykunov_koleno_2014.pdf
  2. A com­bi­na­tion of reha­bil­i­ta­tion meth­ods for injuries and dis­eases of the knee joint. Suvorov S.A., Tol­stoko­rov S.A. Jour­nal “Her­ald of Sci­ence” No. 11, 2020. https://cyberleninka.ru/article/n/sochetanie-metodov-reabilitatsii-pri-travmah-i-zabolevaniyah-kolennogo-sustava/viewer
  3. A mod­ern view on ser­i­al and indi­vid­ual orthoses in trau­ma­tol­ogy and ortho­pe­dics. S.E. Nikitin, M.B. Parshchikov. Bul­letin of the VSNC SO RAMS, 2006. https://cyberleninka.ru/article/n/sovremennyy-vzglyad-na-seriynye-i-individualnye-ortezy-v-travmatologii-i-ortopedii/viewer

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