What is a knee sleeve?
A knee sleeve is support which pulls on rather than wraps around your knee. They provide mild to moderate compression and support for injured knees.
When would I use a knee sleeve?
Knee compression sleeves are ideal if any of the following applies to you:
Recent knee joint injuries
If you have recently suffered a knee joint injury such as a ligament sprain, cartilage injury or even a contusion then immediate first aid is to apply the PRICE principles of protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation.
An elastic knee compression sleeve is ideal for compression, helping to limit or reduce knee pain and swelling. It is important you completely rest your knee during the acute phase. Later as you get back to rehabilitation exercises or normal training then you may require a more specialised knee support depending on your particular injury.
Arthritic knee pain
They are also great for arthritic knee pain. Arthritis is wear and tear in the joint, often causing general joint pain and swelling. An elastic support provides gentle support and compression. They are also comfortable to wear for extended periods of time.
General knee pain
If you have non specific knee pain and just want a bit of support to give you confidence then a simple knee support sleeve is a good choice. It provides mild to moderate support, is comfortable to wear and does not restrict knee mobility in the way a more substantial brace would.
If you have a tendon related injury in your knee then a neoprene knee sleeve is a good option. Neoprene retains body heat better than elastic, increasing blood flow. Tendons heal and work better when they are kept warm.