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Compression therapy is one of the methods you can use to reduce knee pain.
You can wear a compression brace to stabilize the knee joint and decrease swelling (and relieve pain).
You can also DIY and make "bandage-brace" from home too! (We'll show you how).
So today we'll cover:
- What is compression therapy and how does it relieve pain?
- Is there proof that it works?
- 3 easy ways to start using compression therapy at home (well-worth taking the time to try these!)
Compression therapy is a method where pressure application reduces pain, for example, on knee joints.
This pressure stimulates blood flow, which helps speed up your body's natural healing process. Many report this ultimately provides much needed pain-relief.
The best way to understand how compression therapy works to reduce pain is to note its effect on the body.
Among the leading causes of joint pain on the knee is poor blood flow. Your veins fight against gravity to move blood from the legs to your heart.
The veins' experience can cause you to experience excruciating pain and stiffness. Not to mention that your feet feel cold, and it gets hard to move.
When you apply compression therapy, the gentle pressure from the knee brace helps improve blood circulation.
In addition, compression therapy decreases swelling. There's a gentle application of pressure on the knee, for example, from a compression knee sleeve.
The pressure prevents the small veins in this area from leaking fluids to your legs when sitting down.
Arthritis can cause swollen knees and legs when you sit for an extended period. The swelling feels uncomfortable, can interfere with mobility, and makes your legs feel stiff.
Compression therapy will prevent this from happening. The body absorbs all the fluid, so you won't have to worry about poor mobility.
Moreover, you can use a compression brace when healing from knee surgery or an injury. Since the area has torn muscle ligaments, they need time to heal. The brace helps keep the muscles in place and can be worn for a short duration.
Work with your doctor when you need a knee brace or other compression therapy product. They can recommend the best to use for a short or long duration.
Does compression therapy work to reduce knee pain? Well, according to Mivanovich, when he started using compression socks. "I don't understand the science behind them, but they really work for me. I wear compression socks on long runs at the gym (anything over 5 miles) as well as at work for recovery." 
Fritohikes says, "My sports medicine doctor prescribed some silicone knee braces. She said my only other option was a knee replacement. These braces are fantastic. Use for hiking, skiing, and golf. Still some knee pain after 20 miles a day, but nothing compared to before." 
1. Sock Compression Brace
By far, this is the most affordable and easy-to-make knee brace option. The result will be a knee sleeve that you can wear to reduce knee pain.
It works thanks to the elastic nature of the sock that will apply pressure on the knee joint.