Knee Wraps

Written by Devin Flanigan
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A knee surrounded by an elastic bandage and ice packs is a familiar sight to almost any athlete. The knee joint is one of the hardest working joints in the human body and one of the most likely to be injured during physical activity. Knee wraps provide comfort and pain relief as well as compression and cold therapy.

Wrestlers, soccer and volleyball players, and gymnasts all rely on cold therapy knee wraps after practices and competitions. The medial and lateral collateral ligaments on either side of the knee, and the anterior cruciate ligament beneath the kneecap, all have the unenviable task of connecting the lower leg bones (tibia and fibula) to the upper leg (femur). It is the tearing of one of these three ligaments that comprise the most common season-ending (and sometimes career-ending) injuries to many an athlete.

Knee Braces: Preventative and Rehabilitative

More casual runners and playground basketball players experience debilitating knee pain as well. The grinding down of the soft tissue that pads the knee joint as well as chondomalacia (softening of cartilage that causes that "Rice Krispies" sound you hear when you bend your leg) can cause pain and soreness in weekend warriors' knees, too. Cold therapy and compression knee wraps can help alleviate the symptoms of these conditions.

Knee braces that have an optional cold therapy component are ideal for the amateur athlete or fitness buff. These conform to your knee and can be used during activity, as well as for cold therapy in the locker room afterwards. Aging and gaining weight can also contribute to knee strain, which makes wearing a brace as a preventative measure a wise move.

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