The Differences between Open Patella and Closed Patella Knee Support

Dec. 02, 2020

Knee braces are important in injury or for injury prevention, but choosing the right one can be a daunting task. Open and closed patella knee supports are the most common types of knee brace available. Now we will show you the differences between the open patella and closed patella knee support.

The main difference is open patella knee support has a hole in the center of the brace, while in closed patella braces is a closed patella with no holes. Braces with an open patella allow relief of knee pressure and extra knee cap support with proper movement or tracking. Closed patella braces offer compression at the knee cap with the same pressure as the rest of the knee and additional support. 

The Differences between Open Patella and Closed Patella Knee Support


Compared with the closed patella support, the open patella support is more suitable for long-term wearing. During prolonged wear, the closed patella support can sometimes cause or even aggravate the knee joint injury by applying pressure to the patella during exercise and making it off-center or rubbing against the underlying joints.

If your patella is unstable, then you are more suitable to wear open patella support, which will be better for your patella. Athletes engaged in running and other sports usually prefer open patella support because they are lighter and more flexible. The closed patella support provides slightly more support than the open patella support and provides excellent all-around protection for the knee. Therefore, powerlifters and bodybuilders usually prefer the closed patella support. 

The following are our common open patella support and closed patella support, hope to help you.

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1. Open patella Knee Support 

Open patella knee braces leave the patella or kneecap uncovered. Some models are completely open in front, while others have a small reinforced opening just enough for the patella.

Don't let knee pain keep you from doing the activities you love. Open Patella Knee Sleeve helps to alleviate general knee pain, arthritis, and moderate to mild patellofemoral pain by supplying therapeutic warmth, compression, and support to the knee joint area. Advocates of open patella braces consider them more comfortable for extended wear than closed patella braces, which take the form of a continuous tube of supportive material.

Many open patella braces are designed specifically to support the patella as a secondary benefit, holding it in proper alignment relative to the rest of the knee joint. This can be beneficial if you have an unstable kneecap, according to the Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

(1)Neoprene Open Patella Knee Sleeve

Neoprene Open Patella Knee Sleeve

  • Neoprene open patella knee sleeve provides compression on the knees. 

  • The open cutout over the patella helps improve patella tracking, which in turn helps reduce knee pain.

  • Made of neoprene, this support retains body heat and provides even compression without restricting your knee mobility.

  • Fits left or right knee.

(2)Adjustable Patella Knee Support

Adjustable Patella Knee Support

  • The open patella design of our adjustable knee sleeve makes it the ideal knee support for running and fitness. 

  • While the knee compression sleeve applies warming pressure throughout your muscles, the open patella ensures that your kneecap isn’t constricted. 

  • This gives you the perfect balance between support and relief freedom of movement.

  • Use the adjustable patella knee support to relieve pain and swelling following a knee injury as well as helping to relieve mild knee arthritis, patellar tendonitis and bursitis too. 

  • Due to the use of self-heat magnetic, this knee support is ideal for use in cold weather when knee pain tends to worsen.  It is also perfect ideal for tennis, skiing and golf.

(3) Compression Patella Knee Support         


Compression Patella Knee Support


  • Universal One size: This fits all adults. Perfect buy for someone you knew who needs without asking her sizes, it would be a surprise!

  • Flexible Stabilizers: Perfect Holding to Relieves Pressure and Reduces Stress. 2 sides springs and 1 silicone pad at kneecap position. It is carefully designed to reduce the stress focus on the knee-joints during heavy work and intense exercise. Beneficially effective to relieve acute and chronic knee pain from ACL, LCL, MCL, Meniscus Tear, Strains, Sprains, Arthritis, Tendonitis Pain and other injuries.

  • Velcro Designed Strap: knee patella support strap. It has a Velcro design strap that can be wrapped around any exterior part of the Knee Brace to firmly, allow you to adjust the tightness in your own choosing and feel the support that’s best for you, thus making it more stable than the other product.

  • Patella Gel Pads: gel pads to bring more comfortable movements in kneecaps. Even with previous injuries or just went knee surgery, while wearing this, it’s as though you don’t have it at all as it provides compression ease, comfort, and healing from the said injuries. 

    (4)Hinged Patella Stabilizer Knee Brace


Hinged Patella Stabilizer Knee Brace

  • Features tube patella buttress and removable dual-axis polycentric hinges that provide additional support and compression.

  • Ideal for medial-lateral instabilities associated with patella tendonitis, chondromalacia, subluxation, grade 1 collateral ligament sprains.  

  • The universal fit allows the FITOP Hinged Patella Stabilizer Knee Brace to be worn on either the left or right leg.

2.Close patella Knee Support

Closed patella braces provide slightly more support than open patella braces, so powerlifters and bodybuilders often favor the closed design. According to a June 2017 study published by Evaluation & the Health Professions, a knee brace without a hole was found to be more effective for individuals with knee osteoarthritis than an open patella knee brace. 

(1)Knitting Knee Brace

Closed Patella Knee Support

  • Comfortable Pain Knee Relief: This high compression knee sleeve brace stabilizes and supports the joint. Not just for injury, this knee brace provides arthritis pain relief and can be worn daily as needed.

  • Application: This Model Knee sleeve is perfect for an activity that involves a great amount of stress on the joints like, Baseball, Basketball, Soccer Golf, Gym, Hiking, Running, Tennis, Volleyball and more!

  • Professional: Ergonomic design allows this brace to support the knee joint without getting in your way. Comfortable, breathable material moves with so you can stay active.

  • For Men And Women: The best knee sleeve stabilizer, men and women will experience a perfect fit that relieves pain! 

(2)Knee Brace With Spring

knee brace with spring

  • Pain Relief: Our knee brace is engineered to reduce soreness and stiffness. They have a heating effect for muscular recovery as well as a deep care effect, these are perfect for all ages.

  • Powerful Design: Our Joint Support Knee Pads are engineered to not restrict your movements and lets you do any physical activity with ease. Our high-quality stainless steel spring can lighten your own weight! Making you feel lighter, and allows you to lift each knee easily stress-free. Suitable for all sports activities that involve a great amount of stress on the joints like running, basketball, soccer, golf, cycling, tennis, hiking, volleyball, skiing and so on

  • One Size Fits All: Adjustable for all sizes our Knee protection brace is designed to be strong, easily adjustable and fitted. Is the best choice for elderly patients with Knee Osteoarthritis, Knee Joint Weakness, Painful knees and joints, Mountain Climbing, Squatting Enthusiasts

  • Comfortable Material: Breathable Mesh, Non-slip Fabric- It’s comfortable… whether worn directly wrapped around your bare knees or over your pants. Protect your knees when moving heavy objects, running, or playing a sport.


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