I would think that a brace may actually hinder in someways, as in becoming a crutch(ie like a belt), that would be my opinion.
I only chime in here because Im having some knee issues(I believe them to only be soft tissue related) and need a little something extra like a sleeve or something to keep the area warm. I dont want the compression or something like a brace in fear of it becoming a crutch. I have/had trigger points in the VMO, Vastus Laterus and IT band, causing the patella to track incorrectly and am trying to bring it all back up to speed. Im curious to hear from others on this, should I and the OP go with a sleeve with little to no compression, wraps for compression, or something more stout like a brace?