I’m sure you know what knee sleeves and knee braces are – if you don’t have any yourself, you’ve probably seen plenty of other runners wearing them.
But the product I’m reviewing today is a little different. I’m talking about the Tommie Copper Compression Knee Sleeves, which combine standard compression garments with copper therapy.
I’ve been testing these knee sleeves all summer, and they forced me to ask the question, “is this the cure for runner’s knee?!”
If that got your attention, you should read my story…
A while back, I was diagnosed with chondromalacia patella, which is an overuse injury. It means the cartilage in my knee is wearing away. It’s pretty much what everyone calls “runner’s knee.”
I blame it on lots of miles in big protective running shoes, with terrible running form. (My form has improved greatly thanks to ChiRunning and some barefoot running, but that’s another story.) I also spent some time on an ill-fitting stationary bicycle back in my college days.
The point is, my knees aren’t what they used to be. I can stay pretty active without a problem (running, lifting weights, playing soccer and basketball, etc.,) but my knees will get sore from long or hard days of exercise.
Most of the time, I will wear knee braces to relieve the pain. Problem is, knee braces aren’t very comfortable during exercise! And those “knee sleeves” at the drugstore don’t do a thing for me.
But I put this Tommie Copper sleeve on, and within a minute, I knew it was something else! It’s hard to explain, but my knee felt different, almost back to normal! And somehow it seemed to support my knee, even though it’s totally flimsy compared to my knee brace.
I hesitate to say it was like magic, because then it sounds like those bracelets you see on the infomercials that are a total scam – and I don’t want to associate the two. And of course, my knees still get sore sometimes, so it’s not like this sleeve made every single ache and pain vanish.
So it boils down to this:
I don’t know if it’s the compression, the copper, or the combination of both, but this Tommie Copper sleeve works! Heck, it could be a placebo effect, but the point is, it works for me!
And it works well enough that, if you have any sort of knee pain whatsoever, I highly recommend picking up one or two of these sleeves. They’re $20 each, but they’re a lot cheaper than knee surgery, and a lot more comfortable than running in pain.
The website is www.TommieCopper.com.
Lastly, I want to be clear how I came across this product. I was asked by Tommie Copper to trial the product, and I accepted the task.
I actually got my first sleeve for free. It was a pre-production sample from the company and I was testing it out. I ended up liking it enough that I bought two more at retail price! (The new ones seem to be made of slightly better fabric, and eliminated my one complaint which had to do with the thinness of the material.)
Unfortunately, one of the new sleeves I bought came with a small hole. But the hole was along a seam, so the fabric was fine – it was just a thread had come undone. I was able to sew it back together. It’s good as new now.
So like I said, if you have any knee pain, look into these Tommie Copper knee sleeves.
(If you don’t have knee pain but want to try something to aid post-workout recovery, consider the Tommie Copper compression calf sleeves.)