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Knee Sleeves - When you Do (and Don't!) Need Them

"Knee sleeves are a total waste of time. You'd have more luck playing snooker with a piece of string, than you would wearing a knee sleeve for your knee injury."

That quote could be from anyone who's never had a seriously painful knee injury, and it's something we hear quite regularly when talking about our knee sleeves. 

And the thing is...

Those people are actually right. Sort of.

Because 99% of the time, the people who believe that knee sleeves don't work have only had a minor knee injury, and hence have only experienced very mild knee pain.

In which case, of course they don't need a knee sleeve to recover from the pain - it would be pointless!

If your knee injury isn't severe enough to stop you from doing some gentle exercise (like walking, swimming, or doing body-weight squats and lunges), then you can recover from your injury just fine by doing 5-10 minutes of these types of exercises daily. You'd have no real need or get any benefit from wearing a knee sleeve.


man doing squats without wearing a knee sleeve


Strengthening the muscles and ligaments surrounding your knee is the only surefire way to recover from a knee injury, so that should always be your primary goal. 

Unfortunately, that's not always a straightforward task - particularly if you've got aggravating pain shooting through your knee every waking moment. 

Which brings me on to the biggest problem surrounding the knee injury recovery process...


If your knee is too darn sore to be able to do exercise, then you'll do yourself more harm than good by forcing yourself to do even the most gentle exercise. But if you're not doing the exercise, you won't recover from your injury. Which means that your knee pain isn't going to subside. Which means that you still can't do the excercises!

It's a constant cycle that can turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy:

the effect of not wearing knee sleeves


This cycle - something I like to call the "never-ending cycle of knee pain doom", catchy, isn't it - can be a horrible trap that people get stuck in for years on end. It's almost impossible to get out of without some outside help.

That "outside help" can come in many forms, but there are three main options. 

Option 1: Knee Surgery

Getting surgery is one form, and it can certainly be an effective form of help in some cases. The biggest problem with knee surgery, as I'm sure you probably already know, is not actually in getting the surgery, but waiting for the surgery.

In the UK, wait times for knee surgeries with the NHS are up to 18 months.

surgery for knee pain

Of course, you can take the private medical route, but that's not a realistic option for the majority of people due to the cost.

The other issues with knee surgery are fairly obvious - potential for risk, time off work, yet another recovery period. Overall its a difficult, time-consuming, risky and (sometimes) expensive route to go down.

Option 2: Pain Medication

No wait times. Affordable. Easy. Sounds perfect, right?

Well, as anyone who has been on strong pain meds for any period of time will tell you, it's not that simple unfortunately.

medication for knee pain

Pain meds come with a whole host of unsavoury side-effects, too many to go into here.

It can also be complicated and confusing to keep on top of what tablets you need to take at what time, how many you need to take, whether you need to eat a meal with them, etc etc. 

Overall, these can be a good option for a temporary way to reduce knee pain, whilst you start building up to doing more exercise again after a knee injury.

There is, however an even better option...

Option 3: Knee Sleeves

If you've had a knee injury and you're struggling to get back to exercising because of the severe pain, then knee sleeves are without a doubt the best option. Let's take a look at why:

  • More affordable and more accessable than surgery
  • Instant pain relief
  • Only have to order them once - unlike medication, where you need to order more every single month
  • No nasty side effects
  • Available to be used within 24hrs of ordering - if you order from this link here and select next day shipping
  • Totally safe and no risk involved
  • Easy to use

The list could go on and on...

actiflex knee sleeve

But we won't bore you. It's pretty clear that if you've had a knee injury and you want to start doing some gentle exercise to get on the road recovery, wearing a knee sleeve is the best option. 

The absolute best way to get rid of your knee pain after a nasty knee injury, is to wear a knee sleeve whilst you start doing some gentle exercise to get yourself on the road to recovery.

Now we know about the "never-ending cycle of knee pain doom", lets go through step-by-step how you can escape it, and how you can get back to living the knee-pain-free life you once knew and loved.

Knee sleeves are the first step. If you can't do the muscle-reparing exercises we talked about earlier because they're too painful, you need to get a pair of knee sleeves first.

You obviously want to go for a pair of knee sleeves that you are absolutely certain will actually reduce your knee pain. For that, look no further than these ActiSupport knee sleeves - they've got hundreds of 5-star reviews and have a money-back guarantee that says if they don't ease your pain, you don't pay a dime. So you can be sure that you won't be wasting money on something that doesn't work.

Once you've got your knee sleeves, you can put them on and start the road to recovery by doing 5-10 minutes of gentle exercises - the examples we included earlier are a good place to start. 

Now that you're wearing your new knee sleeves, these exercises shouldn't cause you any pain whatsoever (as long as you don't do the exercises at too high of an intensity, and that your knee sleeves are of good quality).

We'd also recommend wearing your knee sleeves whenever you're doing any other types of exercise, for example if you're out for a walk, or perhaps if you're on your feet for prolonged periods of time at work. Knee sleeves will help to protect your knee in these situations and prevent you from the risk of re-injury. 

Once 5-10 minutes per day seems easy, you can increase it slightly to 15-20 minutes, and maybe try some new and different exercises, still keeping your knee sleeves on, to protect your knees and ensure you don't aggravate anything.

After a while you should start to find that you can manage to do some of the exercises without the knee sleeves on, pain-free.

How amazing is that! Just by wearing the knee sleeves to get started with the exercises, you have begun to build up the correct muscles which is helping you to recover from your knee injury.

As you progress and your knee continues to heal from your new exercises, you can start to use your knee sleeves less and less, until you feel fully healed. At this point, it's best to hold on to your knee sleeves, in case you need them at some point in the future. It's not uncommon for knee problems to flare up from time to time, but if you have your knee sleeve on hand, you can rest easy knowing you can eliminate the pain if it ever does come back.

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