RisksBy Mayo Clinic staff
Risks of knee braces may include:
- Discomfort wearing the brace. A knee brace may feel heavy, bulky and hot at first. You might need to wear it for up to a month before you get comfortable.
- Skin irritation. The skin under the brace may become red and irritated if your knee brace fits poorly.
- Knee swelling. This uncommon side effect has been reported among people in the first six months of wearing a knee brace.
- Lack of benefit. Studies of knee braces for people with osteoarthritis have been limited, and results have been mixed. Some people experience no benefit. Others report diminished pain and increased function.
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