Meniscus Tear Rehabilitation: How Compression Can Relieve Knee Pain January 19, 2018 21:56

If you were a strong athlete in high school or even if you got into the game late, you are probably no stranger to knee pain. Athletes such as yourself go hard, and it’s hard on your body. This makes it even more important to take steps—not only through the park on a morning run—but to protect your knees from meniscus tears and osteoarthritis.

Injury-prevention measures, such as knee-stabilizing compression pants that aid with meniscus tear rehabilitation, can help keep you moving, instead of stuck in the house nursing an injured knee.

Benefits of Athletic Compression

Though most athletes who use compression gear wear it while engaged in sporting events, the real benefits come during recovery. If your compression pants also provide specialized support and stabilization for your knees, then they’re working overtime for you—during and after your workout.

According to the New York Times, “Most recent studies indicate that compression sleeves do not boost blood flow through muscles during exercise, probably because the movement of blood when we are exercising is already at its peak”.

That, of course, isn’t the full story. Compression clothing was first introduced to patients who needed help to promote blood circulation and prevent blood from pooling in their extremities, which the clothing did exceptionally well.

Billy Sperlich, who co-authored a review questioning the performance-enhancement theories about compression gear, published in the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research. He notes that compression garments do appear to significantly aid muscles’ recovery after exercise. The New York Times went on to explain that “the garments can augment the movement of blood through muscles after exercising, when blood flow would otherwise slow… This increase in circulation may help flush away some of the biochemical byproducts of hard workouts, like lactate… reducing inflammation and muscle aches”.

Additionally, one of the many real advantages of compression gear comes down to the placebo effect. Some researchers who question the physical advantages of compression gear for endurance athletes admit that if they make you feel stronger and faster, then they’re providing a tangible benefit to your performance.

“Since beliefs are strong performance enhancers, I would recommend compression clothing to persons who believe in the performance-enhancing effect,” says Dr. Sperlich.

Common Knee Injuries

Osteoarthritis and meniscus tears are two of the most common knee injuries for middle-aged athletes.

Osteoarthritis, often known as degenerative joint disease or “wear and tear” arthritis, occurs when the cartilage between joints breaks down, leading to pain, stiffness, and swelling. Much of the pain associated with osteoarthritis can be managed with a rigorous quadriceps-strengthening routine, glucosamine, and a knee brace.

A meniscus tear, rips in the cartilage of your knee, can happen at any age. However, as you get older, you are more prone to degenerative meniscus tears, where cartilage weakens and wears thin over time, making it more susceptible to tears. For younger athletes, these tears often occur during contact sports. However, later in life, they can be caused by any awkward twist, which is one of the reasons that providing extra stabilization to your knees should become a priority.

Luckily, there’s a simple solution for meniscus tear rehabilitation and soothing osteoarthritis.

Why Knee Supports Work

Don’t let common knee injuries or knee pain keep you on the bench. Taking preventative actions to avoid injury is your best option. However, with certain degenerative issues, it’s understood that you can’t dodge bullets forever. Either way, you should be taking advantage of the support, stability, and protection provided to active and recovering knees by Bracelayer Knee Compression Pants—available for men and women athletes.

The Bracelayer pants are innovative because in addition to providing the standard moisture wicking and antimicrobial features associated with most top brands of compression pants, they also come equipped with a stabilizing neoprene brace layer. This brace layer wraps around the knee while also insulating the IT bands, hips, and lumbar area. The stabilizing layer uses lightweight, medical grade perforated neoprene to provide advanced compression to these areas.

Additionally, the pants are designed to allow your customized brace to go over the top of them, providing even more protection. The design also stops the distal migration of your knee brace down your leg and helps prevent skin trauma caused by knee brace straps.

Meniscus Tear Rehabilitation: How Compression Can Relieve Knee Pain

As an athlete, your emotional health and mental health is tied to your physical wellbeing. Anyone who has been forced away from their healthy, daily-exercise routine because of a knee injury or knee pain knows the toll it can take on your entire life. By using compression pants with a built-in knee brace, you can protect your body, lessen knee pain, and recover more quickly—all while feeling faster and stronger.

Tag your Bracelayer gear on Instagram next time you workout and share your stories below of how Bracelayer has helped with your meniscus tear rehabilitation.

What Are Bracelayer® Knee Stabilizing Compression Pants? September 12, 2017 11:31

Bracelayer® Knee Stabilizing Compression Pants are high-performance athletic tights that we designed in-house to help those suffering from chronic knee pain and minor knee instabilities. After going to market in 2015, we quickly realized that is wasn't just people suffering from knee ailments who were loving our product but also athletes with healthy knees who wanted a little extra protection and stability or those looking for ways to help prevent injury.

Our compression pants are great for anyone living an active lifestyle, which can put extra strain and pressure on the knee joint. All our compression pants are crafted with 4 way stretch, moisture wicking & anti-odor Lycra. This Lycra base provides overall graduated compression to help increase circulation and improve performance. Our unique design The Stabilizing Bracelayerthen incorporates a thin layer of medical grade neoprene around the knees, IT bands, and around the lower lumbar area. This supportive layer helps to reduce knee pain by providing targeted compression to the joint. It also helps to stabilize the knee and aids in injury prevention by keeping the joint operating at optimal temperature.

These compression pants are multi-sport products that can be worn indoors and outdoors. Our anti-bacterial Lycra compression fabric does not sheer so they can be worn as a base layer or by themselves. 

Bracelayer Pants Don Joy Defiance Knee Brace SleeveBracelayer Knee Stabilizing Compression Pants also pair great with custom rigid knee braces such high-end DonJoy and CTi knee braces. They are thin enough to fit comfortably under most knee braces and also prevent migration of the knee brace down the leg, which is a common complaint of custom knee brace users, especially during high-intensity training or prolonged periods of activity. The thin neoprene layer also helps stop skin irritation and trauma caused by the knee brace straps.

You can almost think of Bracelayer pants as a combination of athletic compression tights and low profile knee sleeves. And whether you are dealing with knee issues or simply want to perform at your peak by improving balance, reducing knee impact and preventing injury, we recommend giving our gear a try! Check out our FAQ for more info.

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Anatomy of the Human Knee - Infographic February 10, 2016 23:33

The knee is one of the largest and most important joints in the human body as it connects the upper (femur) and lower (tibia) leg. The muscles that move the knee are connected by tendons to the knee bones. In addition to these bones, the joint is comprised of ligaments, which connect the knee bones and provide stability, as well as menisci and cartilage which function as shock absorbers and allow the joint to move with less friction. 

The main ligaments connecting the bones and providing stabilty to the knee are:

The Anterior Crutiate Ligament - The ACL lies deep within the knee joint and provide significant stability to the joint.

The Posterior Crutiate Ligament - The PCL connects the back of the tibia to the femur and stops the shinbone or tibia from moving backwards in relation to the knee.

The Medial & Lateral Crutiate Ligaments - MCL & LCL, stabilize the side to side movement of the femur in relation to the knee.

Check out our infographic below for a visual breakdown of the anatomy of the human knee:


Knee Anatomy ACL PCL MCL Patella Tibia

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Bracelayer Apparel Ltd manufactures a unique line of Men's & Women's Knee Stabilizing Compression Pants. Our high-perforamnce athletic compression pants incorporate a supportive layer of perforated neoprene to help reduce pain, support and protect the knees, and increase overall stability. For more info please check out our FAQ.

What is a Dashboard Knee Injury and it's Effect on the PCL? February 04, 2016 23:16

A dashboard injury occurs when a bent knee recieves a direct blow to the top of the shinbone, pushing the tibia backwards with possible damage resulting to the PCL.  

Posterior View Of PCL / Back of Right Knee

PCL Posterior Cruciate Ligament Remur Tibia Rear ViewA dashboard injury refers to an injury caused to the PCL or posterior cruciate ligament, which is one of the major ligaments found in the human knee. The PCL lies deep within the knee and gets its name because it attaches the posterior, or back, of the tibia to the femur. This configuration helps the PCL resist backward motion of the lower leg or tibia.

A PCL injury can occur when the knee is bent and the upper tibia suffers direct impact causing the shinbone to be pushed backwards below the knee. With enough force, this can result in a tear or rupture of the PCL. This type of injury is often called a dashboard injury as it can occur during car accidents as the driver's or passenger's bent leg suffers a direct blow into the dashboard causing PCL damage. Dashboard type injuries can also occur during sporting activity when an athlete falls or gets tackled on a bent knee or when the bent knee collides with an immovable object.

A sign of injury to the posterior cruciate ligament is often a divot or 'dent' in the subjects patella tendon. A posterior sag test can help confirm whether PCL damage exists or not. The test is performed as the subject lays flat on their back and lifts the injured leg in the air, flexed at a 90-degree angle. A positive sign of injury will result in posterior sag of the tibia and an indent in the patella tendon caused by gravitational pull.

Frequently rehab is recommended over surgery with PCL injuries but as always one should consult the advice of a medical professional.



Posterior View of the Knee and PCL

PCL Tear - Posterior Cruciate Ligament Rupture



It's Time To Replace Your Knee Sleeves December 15, 2015 19:43


Traditionally, there have been 3 types of knee compression available to athletes looking for varying degrees of warmth, stability and support.


Cloth Knee Sleeves are the thinnest type of knee sleeve available and provide mild compression and warmth to the joint and surrounding muscles. A cloth knee sleeve can be made from any number of materials including polyesters, cotton, acrylics and will usually contain lycra or spandex for their elasticity.

Neoprene Knee Sleeves are more substantial than cloth knee sleeves and come in different thicknesses. Neoprene sleeves, such as the Rehband Knee Sleeves, are a popular choice with powerlifters and crossfit enthusiasts. Although much bulkier than a cloth knee sleeve, a neoprene knee sleeve provides improved knee stability along with more warmth and greater injury prevention which make them a staple in weightlifting and crossfit gyms.

Knee Wraps are typically worn for performance and heavy powerlifting. Wraps provide extreme compression but can be cumbersome and require significant attention.

Most athletes in need of knee compression find themselves choosing between the first two alternatives: cloth knee sleeves or neoprene knee sleeves. Some people even wear compression tights with knee sleeves overtop.

But now there is a better option. Bracelayer Knee Stabilizing Compression Pants provide all of the benefits of traditional compression tights along with the warmth and stability found in neoprene knee sleeves, all while maintaining a low profile. 

Our compression pants are moisture wicking and have antimicrobial properties to keep you feeling fresh and odor free. Around the knee and along the IT band and hip is a thin 2mm layer of perforated neoprene to provide targeted compression, stability and warmth to active and recovering knees. As the perforated neoprene is only 2mm in thick, the brace layer of our compression pants is thin enough to wear under custom knee braces or knee wraps.

So stop playing around with individual knee sleeves. And stop choosing between knees sleeves or compression pants and get the all in one solution - Bracelayer Men’s or Women’s Knee Stabilizing Compression Pants!

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Do you wear a custom knee brace? November 06, 2015 21:03 5 Comments

Do you wear a custom knee brace? If the answer is ‘YES’, then Bracelayer™ Stabilizing Knee Compression Pants are built for you. 


At 15 years of age, I suffered a complete tear of my left ACL during a basketball game. I tried not to let my injury slow me down but over the course of the next twenty years I had a number of knee operations including a few arthroscopic surgeries to remove damaged meniscus and cartilage, 3 unsuccessful ACL reconstruction using patellar tendon and then left and right hamstring tendons and most recently a high tibial osteotomy where my tibia plateau was cut in half and a wedge-shaped disc from my pelvic bone was inserted into the tibia plateau to realign the knee.

ACL Tear Anterior Cruiciate Ligament Rupture

Throughout the course of all these knee surgeries, l have been able to maintain an active lifestyle thanks to custom knee braces. My first three braces where Generation II Extreme (now Ossur) Custom ACL knee braces, then I had an Ossur Cti Custom ACL brace and now I find myself sporting a DonJoy Defiance custom ACL knee brace which is a great choice for anyone with severe knee instability.

The two biggest problems that I have experienced with all the custom knee braces that I've  used over the years are the migration of the knee brace down the leg during intense sporting activity or when worn over longer periods of time and skin trauma caused by pinching and rubbing from the knee brace straps.

Bracelayer™ Knee Compression Pants help solve both these issues by incorporating a thin layer of perforated neoprene around the knee, along with the IT bands and around the lower lumbar area.

This layer of perforated neoprene is thin enough so it can fit comfortably under custom knee braces but is also strong enough to provide relief from straps pinching and digging into the athlete's skin. It also provides grip, even while sweating and prolonged periods of sport, to keep the knee brace firmly in the place where it is designed to be.

And the best part about wearing our Men's or Women's Bracelayer™ Knee Compression Pants under your custom knee brace is that you are giving your other knee a layer of support, stability, and protection that it deserves.

Do you wear a custom knee brace? Please share your knee story in our comments section!


DonJoy Defiance Custom ACL Knee Brace
DonJoy Defiance Custom ACL Knee Brace Layer
Ossur Cti Custom ACL Knee Brace

Ossur Cti Custom ACL Knee Brace Layer

Ossur Extreme Custom ACL Knee Brace 

Ossur Custom ACL Knee Brace Layer