A rigid hinged knee brace can provide a maximum level of support to the knee. Hinged braces are ideal for day-to-day activities and all sports for those who are suffering from mild to moderate ligament injuries or instabilities, meniscus injuries, sprains or osteoarthritis. For severe ligament injuries or for those involved in contact sports like football or basketball, it is important to select one of the rigid hinged braces. Rigid hinged braces provide a maximum level of support and typically don't have a sleeve or wrap. Soft-hinged braces provide a moderate level of support and combine hinge support with a knee sleeve or wrap for compression.