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How Much Does a Knee Brace Cost?

 
average costWith Health Insurance: Copay or 10%-50% Coinsurancehigh costWithout Health Insurance: $10-$900+
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A knee brace can be used for prevention of injury during sports, support after an injury or surgery, or relief of arthritis symptoms.

Typical costs:

  • For patients covered by health insurance, the typical out-of-pocket cost for a doctor-prescribed knee brace consists of a durable-goods copay or coinsurance of 10%-50%. A knee brace typically is covered by health insurance if it is prescribed by a doctor.
  • For patients not covered by health insurance, a knee brace typically costs about $10-$50 for a basic brace, made of elastic or fabric, for light to moderate support during sports. For example, DrugStore.com charges about $10 to a little more than $50 for over-the-counter knee braces[1] .
  • A knee brace for recovery from injuries or surgery typically costs about $30-$300 or more, but can increase to $800 or more depending on the materials. The cost tends to be on the lower end -- usually less than $150 -- for a basic neoprene brace, and on the higher end, usually $200 or more, for a hinged brace made of lightweight aluminum or other durable material. For example, BraceShop.com charges about $15-$150 for braces for patellofemoral pain (runner's knee) and about $20-$200 for braces for meniscus injuries. BraceShop.com typically charges about $30-$300 for a post-operative knee brace. Braces for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries typically cost about $100-$800.
  • A knee brace to provide relief from arthritis can cost from $50-$900, depending on the severity and the support needs. BraceShop.com charges about $50 to almost $900 for a knee brace for arthritis. Wraparound fabric or neoprene braces that provide minimal support typically cost under $100, while braces made from aluminum alloy or other metals, and provide maximum support typically cost about $400-$900.
Related articles: Crutches, Physical Therapy, ACL Reconstruction, Knee Replacement, Torn Meniscus Treatment, Pain Management

What should be included:
  • A prophylactic brace, worn to prevent injury during sports, provides added support to the knee. Prophylactic braces often are made from elastic or neoprene.
  • A functional brace is worn after certain types of injuries -- for example, an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury[2] , a posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injury[3] or a meniscal tear[4] . A functional brace is designed to offer support and keep the knee more stable.
  • A rehabilitative brace, worn after surgery or some injuries, is designed to limit the motion of the knee during healing.
  • An onloader/offloader brace[5] helps to correct misalignment of the knee bones, which can be caused by osteoarthritis.
  • The American Academy of Family Physicians offers an overview of knee bracing[6] .
  • In some cases, a doctor will recommend or prescribe an off-the-shelf brace, but in other cases, an orthotist[7] will evaluate, help design and fit a patient with a brace.
Additional costs:
  • Crutches typically cost about $15-$100.
  • In some cases, such as after an injury or surgery, physical therapy might be required at a cost of about $50-$350 per session.
Discounts:
  • Drug stores and websites that sell braces sometimes offer coupons or special offers. For example, BraceShop.com has a savings club[8] that offers a 5% discount for signing up.
Shopping for a knee brace:
  • A family doctor or sports medicine doctor can prescribe a prophylactic brace to prevent sports injuries, while an orthopedic surgeon can treat injuries and perform surgery, and a rheumatologist can treat arthritis. The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery offers an orthopedic specialist[9] finder by city, state or zip code; the American College of Rheumatology offers a rheumatologist locator[10] .
  • In some cases, a patient may need to see an orthotist, a certified health professional who specializes in braces and other orthotics, to be evaluated and fitted for a brace. The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics offers an orthotist locator[11] by state.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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External Resources:
  1.  www.drugstore.com/medicine-and-health/knee-and-thigh/qxg184103-0
  2.  www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/anterior-cruciate-ligament-acl-injuries-topic-overview
  3.  orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00420
  4.  orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00358
  5.  www.arthritistoday.org/what-you-can-do/protecting-joints/joint-support/index.php
  6.  familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/prevention-wellness/exercise-fitness/injury-rehab/knee...
  7.  oandpcare.org/OrthoticCareFaq
  8.  www.braceshop.com/productcart/pc/viewContent.asp?idPage=151
  9.  www.abos.org/find-a-certified-orthopaedic-surgeon.aspx
  10.  www.rheumatology.org/directory/geo.asp
  11.  www.abcop.org/Pages/Directory.aspx?searchtype=Facility
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