Is this knee brace right for me?
The Coolcel Hinged Knee Brace is best for individuals with:
- Medial/lateral collateral ligament instabilities (MCL & LCL)
- Anterior/posterior cruciate ligament instabilities (ACL & PCL)
- Minor meniscal injuries
About this knee brace:
This brace stabilizes the knee joint and protects weak or injured parts of the knee. It helps your knee heal faster by reducing stress on the injury and preventing further damage. It is designed to help you regain stability and confidence, and allow you to get back to your everyday activities.
- Has one hinge on each side of the knee for a moderate level of support. The hinges can be removed and bent to match the contour of your leg for a more customized fit.
- Has a foam patellar buttress that supports your kneecap and keeps it in place
- Made of breathable, latex-free Coolcel material that will keep you cool and dry, ensuring maximum comfort while doing activities or playing sports.
- Straps above and below the knee reduce tension on the patellar tendons, relieving pain caused by repetitive stress on the knee joint.
- Ventilation holes behind the knee joint allow for airflow and prevent this area from getting sweaty.
Putting Your Knee Brace On
- Detach the top and bottom Velcro straps and reattach so the straps are loose. Position the brace so the metal hinges on both sides of the brace are lined up with the sides of your leg, and the patella hole lines up with the centre of your leg.
- Put your foot through the hole at the top of the brace (the wider opening) and pull the brace up your leg until the patella hole is slightly past your knee cap. The brace will drop down slightly when you let go. Your knee cap should rest in the patella hole, supported by the buttress inside the brace.
- At this step you can take the brace off and make any necessary adjustments. You can reposition the felt buttress or take the metal hinges out and bend them to fit the shape of your leg. Then put the brace back on.
- Detach the top and bottom Velcro straps. For each strap, pull the elastic section at the back of the brace until the strap is tight and reattach.
Bending the Hinge
- To take the hinge out, locate the small opening on the hinge cover on the inside of the brace. Pull the top of the brace back so that the top of the hinge pops out.
- Pull the hinge up out of the brace.
- To bend the hinge to fit a wider thigh, hold the hinge face down against a table, with the point you want the hinge to bend at at the table’s edge. Push down on the free end until the bend in the hinge matches your leg shape. Repeat on the other side of the hinge to adjust for a wider calf. Do the same thing but with the hinge facing up for a narrower calf.
- Put the hinge back in the brace facing the same way as when you took it out. Once the hinge is all the way in, push it down a bit farther so that it’s stretching the bottom of the brace, and pull the top of the brace up so that the top of the hinge goes up into the top of the hinge cover. Then pull the brace on again.
Taking Your Knee Brace Off
- Remove the Velcro straps and reattach so that they are loose.
- Grip the top of the brace and slide it down your leg. Leave the brace with the Velcro straps attached so that they don’t stick to anything else while you’re not using the brace.
Careful washing will prolong the life of the brace. Remove all stays before washing. Hand wash with a non-detergent washing solution, and air dry (away from the sun and heating vents). Do not put the brace in the washing machine or dryer.