MCL Knee Brace
An MCL knee brace or medial collateral ligament knee brace is a prophylactic
that is used by athletes for protection against MCL tearing or injury. In most contact sports, injury prevention
is important to support athletes during their intensive training.
The medial collateral ligament (MCL) is among the four major
ligaments in the knee that is very vital to its stability. Ligaments control excessive motion by limiting joint
mobility. MCL tearing or injury happens when the knee joint is struck from the outside. Since the MCL prevents
the knee joint’s widening, it tears or is injured when it is stretched too far outside its limit.
An example of this injury can be seen in a football game when a player is injured due to “clipping”. The medial
lateral ligament may also be injured in this type of knee injury. Indications of this injury are intense pain,
swelling, and bruising over the ligament. Severe cases show signs of knee instability.
Knee braces are actually divided into categories – prophylactic, functional, and patellofemoral knee braces. A
prophylactic knee brace is used to prevent MCL injury while a functional knee brace is used as support after knee
surgery. It is also needed for knee stability to reduce re-injury. The last is used for anterior knee disorders
like Patellar tendonitis or chondromalacia patella.
Ligament knee braces are made of different types of materials such as metal, plastic, or neoprene with Velcro
straps for maximum compression. They can be used during physical therapy, rehabilitation, or when healing from an
injury in order to relieve stress from the knees. They can be purchased at sporting good stores, orthopedics
suppliers, or drugstores. They come in different designs, too. Some have open kneecap designs while others are
hinged neoprene ones. Soft braces are for lateral support to avoid sprains, dislocations, and meniscus tears.
Recommended Braces For Medial Collateral
The DonJoy Drytex Wraparound Hinged brace is perfect for mild to moderate MCL and LCL instabilities. It is made
of drytex material, which is durable and lightweight and made for those with neoprene-based allergies. Priced at
around $60 to $125, these braces are very comfortable. Patients can use these while healing from injuries and want
to move without feeling unstable or risking further injuries.
Featuring a polycentric hinge with contoured shells, the Playmaker Knee brace is also suitable for those with
mild to moderate MCL instabilities. It can be purchased for $330. It has flexible straps and is available in many
large sizes. For high-performance athletes who are at risk for severe instability, the DonJoy Legend Knee brace
provides stability to severe ACL, PCL, MCL, and LCL instabilities. Since these athletes are relying on speed and
agility, they would seriously need joint protection. Available at around $600, these don’t come
Breg offers many types of knee braces. It has the PTO Patellar Tracking Orthosis that normalizes patella
tracking. These are available in neoprene at $160 and airmesh at a price of $170. They also have the Lateral
Stabilizer Knee support that gives additional support to the buttress. They are priced at $70 each.
An MCL knee brace is excellent in providing support, compression, and stability. It can also give pain relief to
those suffering from arthritis. For any type of knee injury, it is better to consult a physician before choosing or
buying your MCL knee brace.