PRODUCT SELECTION GUIDE

The Brace Shop offers a wide range of bracing & therapy products based on effectiveness and support levels.

To help make your selection easier, refer to the color coded bar below.

LEVEL I Braces in this level offer BASIC protection and support features. These products are usually made of neoprene, elastic or more exotic materials that provide simple compression and minimal support. These braces are very low profile.
LEVEL II Braces in this level offer ADDITIONAL protection and support features. These braces are usually made of neoprene, elastic or more exotic materials that provide added support not found in level I braces.  Simple non-adjustable hinges may be included in knee braces to provide medial and lateral stability to protect the medial and lateral collateral ligaments, meniscus and joint cartilage. Metal or plastic stays and straps may be included in ankle, back and wrist braces to add support and rigidity to the brace.
LEVEL III Braces in this level offer ADVANCED protection and support features. These braces are usually made of neoprene, elastic or more exotic materials that provide added support not found in level II braces.  Adjustable hinges may be included in knee braces to provide protection of the ACL and PCL ligaments. Flexion and extension stops may be included to control knee joint range of motion. More advanced protection is provided for the medial and lateral collateral ligaments, meniscus and joint cartilage. Ankle braces will have advanced features such as figure 8 strapping or removable inserts for added rigidity. Wrist braces will contain more rigid support and adjustability.
LEVEL IV Braces in this level offer the HIGHEST protection and support features. Knee braces are usually made of aluminum or carbon fiber composite materials that provide maximum support not found in level III braces.  Adjustable hinges are included to provide maximum protection of the ACL and PCL ligaments. Flexion and extension stops may be included to control knee joint range of motion. Superior protection is provided for the medial and lateral collateral ligaments, meniscus and joint cartilage. Ankle braces are usually stirrup or hinged stirrup design for maximum support and flexibility.  Wrist and elbow braces may be hinged for adjustability and maximum protection.
PROFESSIONAL Products at this level are usually medical devices that may require a prescription or license from a qualified health care professional before it is dispensed.  Items at this level are also available in bulk quantities for hospitals, clinics, sports teams and a doctor's office. Please call us toll free at 1-866-325-8045 or email us at technical@braceshop.com if you have any questions regarding any professional product.