Updated on 2019-01-06 – These days, there is a lot of hype around the use of a magnetic knee brace to help with knee pain relief. People are wondering what they actually do and they also want to know if they actually work. I’m hoping that I can shed some light for you today.
Why Use A Magnetic Knee Brace?
Magnets have been used for centuries to heal all sorts of different health issues, however it’s only been in the past 25 years or so that research and development has picked up in this area. More and more devices now make use of magnets to provide pain relief. For example, you can purchase bracelets to relieve pain in your wrists and arms, magnetic shoe inserts to relieve foot and ankle pain, a magnetic knee brace to relieve pain in your knees, and the list goes on.
Magnetic therapy has been known to relieve swelling, pain and/or general discomfort in the area causing you pain. The iron in your blood cells is supposed to be attracted to the magnets, which in turn moves the blood around to stimulate circulation. The reason I used the term “supposed to” is the fact that there has been quite a lot of debate on the subject on magnetic therapy. Some people swear by the fact that their magnetic device (whether it’s a knee brace, magnetic bracelet, etc.) has helped reduce pain and others claim that it never helped them. There could be a lot of reasons why it didn’t work for some, such as misuse of the device, or maybe the magnets were not strong enough for the level of pain they were experiencing. (More on magnetic strength further below.)
Here are a few resource links that have more information on the healing power of magnets: Healing with Magnets and The Healing Power of Magnets
More Than One Type Of Magnetic Knee Brace
There are a few different types of support that you can buy, if you choose to go down this road (and of course, your doctor signs off on it). Before we get into that though, I would like to cover an important aspect that will help you determine which magnetic knee brace is right for you, and that is magnet strength.
When reviewing different magnetic knee supports, you will notice that most of the technical details will list the amount of “Gauss” that the brace will produce. This can be anywhere from 200 to 20,000 (and some produce even more now). The higher the number, the deeper the magnet will go. Keep in mind that depending on your situation, it may not always be good idea to follow the mantra “Go Big Or Go Home”. It is important to choose the proper strength and sometimes that means starting lower and then moving your way up. Now, let’s get into the different types of magnetic knee supports.
Magnetic Knee Guard or Strap
Magnetic knee guards are a safe and low cost way to help you with minor knee discomfort. As you are moving around, it provides pain relief by absorbing some of the force at the knee and by applying concentrated compression and warmth across the joint liner and patellar tendon. An example is the Pro Band Sports KneedIT XM knee guard (seen below) which is one of the most popular knee guards around. For some people, it has been known to relieve minor knee pain associated with Arthritis, Tendonitis and Patellar Chondromalacia. This guard has two magnets in each knee guard. One on each side of your patella.
Magnetic Knee Sleeve or Wrap
Magnetic knee sleeves could be an option for people suffering with mild to moderate pain caused by tendonitis, arthritis, sports and work related injuries. They tend to have a higher Gauss rating which helps quickly reduce pain and swelling but they are also a good choice if you want to maintain a physical lifestyle. Below are two extremely popular examples if you are looking for magnetic knee sleeves, since they provide the healing benefit of magnets and the compression of a knee sleeve. (More bang for your buck).
Warning – Pay close attention to some of the warnings before you purchase magnetic knee supports. For example, most indicate that although they are safe and non-invasive, they should not be used by people with heart pacemakers or defibrillators because they might impair the functioning of those devices.
Even though the benefits are still being debated to this day, it doesn’t change the fact that millions of people do believe in them and have experienced relief while wearing them. If there was a possibility of getting even a little bit of relief, wouldn’t you try it?
If you liked this article and want to learn more, we highly recommend that you read our other blog post “Do Knee Sleeves Help?” or “Knee Bands – What Are They And Do They Actually Work?“. Until next time.
Updated on 2019-01-06 – Removed a section “Hinged Magnectic Knee Braces”. Only one company (Therion) produced this type of magnetic knee brace and they are not longer in business.
Disclaimer – I am not a doctor and I am not qualified to provide medical advice. This article was posted for informational purposes only and should not be interpreted as medical advice.