Carewell's Best Meniscus Tear Knee Brace: What To Look For & Product Recommendations

Chad Birt

Written by Chad Birt on Tue Jun 04 2024.

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Knee pain is one of the most common age-related musculoskeletal problems, affecting up to 10% of adults 55 and older. Luckily, an over-the-counter device like a meniscus tear knee brace, can reduce inflammation, ease pain, and improve mobility.

If you suffer from knee pain or care for someone who does, you’re probably wondering which type of knee brace is best. To make your search easier, we connected with Sean Ormand, MD, a double-board-certified anesthesiologist and interventional pain management specialist based in Arizona. Here, we explain what a meniscus brace is, discuss specific features to look for, and provide product recommendations.

What Is a Meniscus Knee Brace?

“A meniscus brace is like a supportive friend for your knee,” Dr. Ormand explains. “Your knee joint is like a hinge between your thighbone and shinbone. Cradled between those two bones are two C-shaped pads of cartilage called menisci. These act like spongy cushions, absorbing shock and keeping the bones gliding smoothly.” 

Your menisci withstand wear and tear daily, so they’re susceptible to injury and repetitive strain. Dr. Ormand says that if you suffer from chronic knee pain, a meniscus knee brace can stabilize your knee joint, reduce pressure, and provide compression and warmth.

Who Should Consider a Meniscus Knee Brace?

“A meniscus brace can be beneficial for various injuries and health problems affecting the knee,” Dr. Ormand says. “Primarily, those causing pain and instability.”

You may want to consider a brace if you or your loved one are living with:

  • Meniscus tears

  • Ligament sprains

  • Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee

  • General knee instability

  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome

A knee brace can be beneficial if you’re recovering from meniscus repair surgery. “A brace can help stabilize the joint and protect it from excessive strain while tissues heal,” Dr. Ormand says. “This promotes proper healing and reduces the risk of re-injury.”

How To Choose a Meniscus Knee Brace

There are many types of meniscus knee braces, so don’t just buy the first one you see. Dr. Ormand says it’s important to be strategic and consider various factors, including:

The knee injury or condition being treated

“Different injuries require specific support,” Dr. Ormand explains. “Meniscus tears may benefit from stabilizing braces, while osteoarthritis might need unloaders. Consult your doctor for the best type of brace for your condition.”

Activity Level

Do you spend most of your time sitting down, or are you someone who regularly exercises? “If you’re highly active, choose a durable brace with good compression and support,” Dr. Ormand says. “For everyday wear, a lighter, more breathable option might be more suitable.”


Dr. Ormand says that for a knee brace to work, it needs to fit comfortably. “If your brace is too loose it won’t offer proper support, while one that’s too tight can restrict movement and cause discomfort. Measure your knee circumference and consult the manufacturer’s size chart,” to ensure you get it right.


“A knee brace should feel comfortable against your skin, even during extended wear,” Dr. Ormand says. “Opt for breathable materials and avoid irritating seams or straps.” Most meniscus braces are made from soft, flexible materials like neoprene, that promote airflow and let the skin breathe.


What will you be using the brace for? If it’s for everyday wear, a simple wraparound brace may be just the thing. But if you hike, bike, or play sports you may need extra support.

“Some knee braces have additional features like patellar straps, heat retention pads, and adjustable closures,” Dr. Ormand says. “Choose ones that address your specific needs” and lifestyle.

Carewell’s Best Meniscus Tear Knee Braces

Here at Carewell, we carry several types of knee braces. Those featured below are a mix of our top-rated and best-selling meniscus knee braces. Whenever possible, we’ve included real customer feedback under the heading: “Hear It From a User/Caregiver.” 

1) Mueller Knee Support Brace

This Mueller knee support brace works for either knee and is made from a soft, breathable neoprene blend. It features an anatomically shaped patella opening to support your knee’s full range of motion and a 4-way external adjustment system for optimal compression.

Key Benefits & Features

  • Secondary straps allow for concentrated compression

  • The patented design supports weak, injured, or arthritic knees

  • Built-in straps prevent the brace from bunching up behind the knees

Hear it from a caregiver

“[I’m] very happy with my order. Great quality. Good price. Fast shipping. I will be using Carewell for all my medical products. Thank you.”

- Christine R.

Mueller Knee Support Brace, 57227, 1 Each
Mueller Knee Support Brace

Price: $13.59

2) Comfortland Hinged Knee Brace

This universal hinged knee brace from Comfortland can be worn on either knee. It has an adjustable, range-of-motion hinge for extra ligament support and is made of lightweight, breathable materials. The front closure system and adjustable straps let you customize the fit and offer optimal knee support.

Key Benefits & Features

  • One-size-fits-all design

  • The hinge can be adjusted to limit extension between 0 and 60 degrees

  • Provides compression and warmth

Comfortland Hinged Knee Brace
Comfortland Hinged Knee Brace

Price: $85.99

3) 3M ACE Adjustable Compression Knee Brace

This wraparound, “sleeve” brace is easy to put on and remove. It has a contoured design that hugs the knee but allows for a full range of motion. The brace is made of soft, breathable neoprene ensuring your skin stays cool and comfortable, regardless of activity level. 

Key Benefits & Features

  • Supports various knee problems, including arthritis, meniscus tears, and runner’s knee

  • Adjustable straps for a customized fit

  • Neoprene blend wicks away moisture, keeping the skin dry

Hear it from a caregiver

“Five stars. It [provides] a comfortable fit.”

- Gail B. 

4) ProCare Pull-On Knee Support 

This ProCare pull-on knee support brace can be worn on either knee. It has an open patella design for increased mobility, comfort, and durability. The brace is longer than many of the others on the list, offering localized heat retention, improved joint protection, and compressive support. 

Hear it from a caregiver

“All was great like it always is. Good products and fast shipping.” 

5) McKesson Hinged Knee Brace  

This McKesson hinged knee brace comes in 5 sizes –– small, medium, large, extra large, and 2XL. It provides mild to moderate support and is equipped with bilateral hinges to manage sprains, knee instability, arthritis, meniscus tears, and more. 

The dual-axis, polycentric hinges located on both sides provide more support than a pull-on knee brace and can withstand all activity levels. 

Key Benefits and Features

  • Can be worn in freshwater or saltwater

  • Features a warm, compressive neoprene construction 

  • Easy to adjust hook-and-loop straps for comfort and stability

Hear it from a caregiver

"Five stars. [This brace is] great. [I’m] very pleased!”

- Gwen I.

McKesson Hinged Knee Brace, 155-81-82398, XL (23-25.5") - 1 Each
McKesson Hinged Knee Brace

Price: $42.73 - $51.95

6) 3M Futuro Knee Performance Support

This pull-on, wrap-around knee brace is designed for active people who bike, run, or play sports. It has an open kneecap design for increased support and can be worn on the right or left knee. The brace is made of breathable, moisture-wicking fabric that’s compressive and odor-resistant. 

Key Benefits & Features

  • Features dual, precision straps for a contoured, personalized fit

  • Made of a soft, neoprene blend that provides warmth and comfort

  • Each package contains three knee braces

3M Futuro Knee Performance Support, 45696ENR, Medium (15-17") - Box of 3
3M Futuro Knee Performance Support

Price: $46.99

We Can Help You Choose a Meniscus Knee Brace!

Are you still having trouble figuring out which knee brace is right for you or your loved one? Don’t stress. We’re here to help! Our friendly Care Team speaks English and Spanish and is available 24/7. Call (800) 696-CARE or send an email to We’re happy to your answer questions and can even make recommendations that align with your goals and needs.

Best Meniscus Tear Knee Brace - Commonly Asked Questions

1) Is a knee brace the solution for all types of knee pain?

Not necessarily. Dr. Ormand says a knee brace isn’t always the answer. “Depending on the severity of the injury or underlying condition, other treatments like physical therapy, medication, or even surgery might be necessary. Consulting a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment is crucial before relying solely on a brace.” 

2) Will a meniscus knee brace cure my knee pain?

A meniscus knee brace can reduce pain and improve your mobility, but it isn’t a cure. Dr. Ormand says that “addressing the underlying cause of pain through proper treatment is key for long-term relief and recovery.”

3) How do I keep my meniscus knee brace in good condition?

The easiest way to keep your meniscus knee brace in good condition is to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. “Hand wash it with mild detergent and air dry,” Dr. Ormand says. “Keep your brace clean and dry, away from direct sunlight and heat. [In addition,] regularly check for wear and tear. Replace the brace if the straps fray, material loosens, or support degrades.”

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Chad Birt
Chad Birt

Chad Birt is a freelance medical writer who resides in Astoria, Oregon. When he isn't behind a keyboard, you can find him hiking, camping, or birdwatching with his wife Ella and their two dogs, Diane and Thoreau.