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Supporting knee niggles with Shock Doctor and a giveaway

Note to self…never assume the OH will play ball with timings for the purpose of review!  I was offered the chance to review a Shock Doctor knee support and as the OH at the time had had a dodgy knee for a while due to a cow kicking incident (the cow kicked him and not vice versa), I thought it would be good for him to try out a product and give his opinion.  Especially as he’s always moaning about whatever knee support he can find in the house at the time.

But no, the Shock Doctor knee compression sleeve arrived and of course, his knee was better and he ignored it sitting on the side.  So you’ve got my views instead of his.  Luckily I also have a bit of a dubious knee due to an old knee dislocation on the squash court and subsequent arthroscopy to sort it out.  I do find I go through phases of a bit of a niggle, and with all the walking I did on holiday and not varying the shoes I was wearing (bizarrely I find this makes a difference as obviously more muscles work when you switch shoes over), I’ve been getting a few twinges.

So to the Shock Doctor – and hoping that the sizing will fit my large legs.

shock doctor knee compression support

The Shock Doctor supports are very different to the neoprene one I’d been using in the past.  They’re a lot more flexible thanks to the hole and mesh over the kneecap area.  With my old one I used to find when my leg was bent, it creased a lot behind the knee, and could be a bit uncomfortable.  With the shock doctor version the mesh allows for less fabric creasing and breathability (although how much sweat my knee would produce is debatable!).

It’s made from the N-TEX™ neoprene so wicks moisture away, and provides therapeutic warmth.  It definitely makes my knee feel extra warm and secure; no worry about straining it wearing the support.  I like the way the sleeve is a specialist sports support.  I’d definitely wear this if I was playing squash again, or if I was having problems with my knee when dancing.  Plus, the material has antimicrobial technology, so it reduced odour enhancing bacteria.

The only downside is that it, like all other decent supports, are so chunky.  Fine if you’re wearing it for sports as strapping is quite normal, and I’d probably just about get away with it under my work trousers.  But when wearing jeans I’d struggle to pull them over it (and that’s bootcut or straight jeans, rather than skinny).  This isn’t a problem unique to Shock Doctor though, so we’re just going to have to wait for future technology to make slimmer supports to avoid VSL (visible support line) under trousers.

The support does come in more sizes than I’ve ever noticed before.  I opted for a large size for the OH, but my legs are much chunkier so would really need an XL for it to be really comfortable and fit properly.  There are however, ingenious ‘pull on’ tags that you can slot your fingers on to help get it on.  They definitely make it easier and faster to get on.

All in all, I’d be comfortable wearing this for sport, and for general walking when my knee needed a bit more support.  I’m sure the OH will find it handy (last time I rely on him for a review!) as he struggles more frequently with his knees.  There’s no excuse for him moaning about tubigrips anymore.

As well as receiving the Shock Doctor knee support, I’ve also been given an wrist 3 strap support to giveaway on the blog.  Similarly to the knee sleeve, It’s made from the same material with the mesh insert at the bend and has the same features.  The size I have to giveaway is an XL (you can check out the sizing on the Shock Doctor website).  To enter just answer the question in the comments, and then click back on the rafflecopter entry option.  There are other optional methods for additional entries.

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Terms & conditions

  • UK entry only, over 18s
  • Giveaway closes 11.59pm 22nd November 2014
  • Entries will be validated according to the rules of entry
  • The prize is one Shock Doctor wrist 3 strap support, size XL
  • Winner will be randomly chosen, and will be shown on this post, with further notifications  shared on social media.
  • Winner will be notified via email, and will need to respond with their postal address within 3 weeks otherwise a further winner will be drawn.
  • The prize will be sent out within 2 weeks.
  • This giveaway may also be featured on Prize Finder, Loquax and Super Lucky


Disclosure: I was sent a Shock Doctor knee support for review, and a wrist support to giveaway.  All words and opinions are my own.

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  1. Following mastitis I developed sepsis and necrosis in my breast – this part of my breast had to be removed leaving me with horrible wound that took over 3 months to heal and ugly scar .

  2. I dropped a really heavy machine part on my foot – I still have problems with toe and ankle years later

  3. Running into the corner of my mum’s garage door when I was about 7. Narrowly missed my eye and now looks like i’ve had my eyebrow pierced!

  4. I have sprained my ankle several times playing netball, it is still weak and I turn it easily now.

  5. I had my front teeth removed when I was attacked by a large dog while delivering papers
    and knocked off my bike.,

  6. I got run over by a car and broke my leg in the worst place, right at the top near hip, its still not right to this day x

  7. So far I have been very lucky. It’s all the football mad boys in this house that have me running round like a nurse lol

  8. I popped my knee ligament on the trampoline. It’s still really weak and I cant do any running or jumping etc, so this support would really help x

  9. I completely tore 2 of the 3 main ligaments in my ankle so had to have artificial ones made!

  10. I actually fell over a cliff once – the lump of turf I was standing on gave way and I landed on a beach about 15 feet below. I had concussion but apart from needing a couple of stitches in my head and a lot of bruising I was OK!

  11. I had a trapped nerve in my back fro years, it was actually falling pregnant that cured it as the change in posture released the nerve!

  12. fractured my left wrist playing on snow and ice, my mum didnt believe it was fractured and waited 3 days before taking me to the hospital to get it xrayed. She was so sorry and still wind her up about it now even though it was 20 years ago

  13. I cracked my head open as a child by falling backwards off a picnic table onto a concrete floor. I have no memory of it but my mum always just described it as her ‘holding your head together with my hands, blood everywhere and me screaming for your dad’

  14. Been very lucky as the only injury I have ever had is badly sprained ankle from falling down steps at work

  15. None, i have been very lucky 🙂 but my brother has not been so lucky he got run over by a bus when he was 8 broke both legs, both arms and his collar bone. When he was 12 he got hit by a car and broke his arm and when he was 13 broke his finger playing football

  16. fell down to flights of stairs never been right since slipped on cleaners fluid. This was 20 years ago and compensation at work was unheard of.

  17. I’ve been relatively lucky, though my knees and ankles are pathetic now, but when I was young I fell off a pony and broke my nose and front tooth, which made me look a right mess

  18. Mine is my left wrist, for some reason I can’t put any weight on it, feels like its going to snap. It makes it incredibly difficult for exercises like up and downs etc unless I have a really good support on, even then its uncomfortable. never had and accident so no idea why it’s like it.

  19. I actually would love to win this for my boyfriend, he had a motorbike accident a few years ago. He broke both his wrists and shattered his hand and knee. One of his wrists is an absolute mess now.

  20. I got run over by my sunday school teacher – didn’t break any bones but mangled all the ligaments in my ankle. It 6 months to heal and for the rest of my growth period until I was in my 20’s I had recurring problems where it would give out and tear the ligaments again. Thankfully *touches wood* it’s been okay since I stopped growing

  21. I was in a bad car crash and injured my back that took me 18 months to get over – but my worst was cleaning a ceramic dish, the dish broke and severed my thumb to the bone…….needed an op to reconnect all the tendons and then 9 months of intensive physio to get it moving again.

  22. I broke mt leg the same morning I was meant to be traveling to spain on a 2 week holiday, I didn’t want a cast on so I walked round on it for 2 weeks while on holiday, (I was young and stupid) by the time I’d got home I’d made it worse and had to have a cast on for 3 months.

  23. Never had any bad injuries but I do now have Rheumatoid arthritis and this give away would be so helpful

  24. I broke my wrist and also had 2 fractures in it all at the same time. Just by tripping on my doorstep!!

  25. My arm and wrist!!!

    Hope to one day try the knee support as have recently started running.

    Great give away, thank you.

  26. I snapped the bone in my left arm into two clean pieces, causing permanent nerve damage in my left arm and hand.

  27. Car accident. Injured mainly right side of body 18 months ago. Still get pains in joints and swelling in knee. But still smiling!

  28. I’ve had several head injuries. The latest was in the hospital where I collapsed and cracked my head suffering a seizure. I couldn’t open my eyes fully for weeks. I lost my driving licence for 12 months too, now that really hurts!

  29. When I slid and landed on hands and knees as a child. Required butterfly stitches on one hand. Only very faint scar, so healed well.

  30. Tendinitis and bursitis in my shoulder following car accident. Terrible pain until steroid injections.

  31. Stubbed my big toe. But the pain was terrible. Foot swelled up and couldn’t walk on it for several weeks. Doctors could find no break or fracture though.

  32. Fell, ruptured all the tendons and ligaments in my wrist and have a wrist full of metal that doesn’t work!

  33. a badly sprained ankle when I was 17, not helped by unstrapping and putting on platform shoes to go out dancing, this was when I was 17, nearly 59 now nd paying the price with arthritis

  34. I used to do ballet lessons when I was younger and once when attempting to do a jete I tore a muscle in my groin. I couldn’t walk straight for weeks and even now I sometimes feel a twinge.

  35. My knees crunch when I move them, it sounds terrible but they don’t hurt thankfully. I do have to use supports when exercising though and the shock doctor looks incredible!

  36. My back trapping a nerve putting me into bed for 3 months (although now I would be told to get up and walk about!)

  37. I fell down some stairs a few years ago and tore a ligament in my foot, i have suffered with it ever since x

  38. Don’t know if you would call it an injury, but I had contracted pnemonia and my weight fell from 10 stone to under 7 stone and was hospitalised. Still recovering

  39. Guess worst injuries would be breaking my neck and a very badly broken collar bone.Also suffered broken cheek bone(far from pleasant as felt blood trickling down my throat each time I tried to swallow) and broken feet and toes.

  40. I got a small cut in my hand when I fell whilst taking food for the dog in milk bottles; I was taken by my mother to have the obligatory tetanus jab and to be stitched up with three stiches; this was back in the 70s.

  41. I’m usually ok but my husband slipped a disk before our 14 hour flight home…not a pleasant flight and a trip to A&E direct from the plane.

  42. I’ve not had any knee problems but I have constant wrist problems. Probably mostly RSI but also a number of sprains.

  43. When I was little I fractured my knee cap falling off a fence I was apparently trying to walk across! Now, due to my Crohn’s disease, I have to have bone scans every 3 years to monitor my bone density, as it is below average for my age.

  44. A cruciate ligament tear, my knee cap literally rolled around my leg! It still hurts when I put too much pressure on it 🙁

  45. I stood on the couch to clean the windows and when i stepped back down i stood on a small glass topped table, my foot slid across the table top knocking the table over and i landed on the floor doing the splits , lets just say it was painful to walk for a week and i had bruises on my thighs !!!

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