Jul 31, 2014

Patellar Tendonitis

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Patellar Tendon Strap

Patellar tendonitis, also known as Jumper's Knee, is a condition characterized by pain, tenderness, redness and swelling in the region just below the knee where the patellar tendon is located. This tendon connects the knee to the shin bone and is highly instrumental for activities such as jumping. Thus this injury often occurs among those whose sports involve jumping—hence the name Jumpers Knee.

RICE

Often, patellar tendonitis can be treated by following the steps of the acronym RICE, or rest, ice, compression and elevation, along with use of an anti-inflammatory pain reliever medication. But sometimes this is not enough or taking time off is not possible.

When this is the case, a patellar tendon strap may help to ease pain and facilitate rehabilitation of the patellar tendon. The patellar strap is also known as a counterforce brace or knee strap.

Patella Support

This type of knee strap encircles the top of the calf just below the knee. The patella tendon strap should fit comfortably along the interior of the knee joint.

This simple design means it is not restrictive of motion, which has made the patella strap popular among professional athletes as well as the average Joe. Indeed, the patellar strap has been in use since the early 1800s. It should also be noted that some use the patella strap for running.

The patella support strap distributes pressure away from the patellar tendon by reducing its cross-sectional area, helping to ease knee pain. The knee band provides patella support and improves patella tendon tracking and knee joint alignment.

Those looking for the best patella strap at an affordable price should consider the Bort Patella Tendon Strap.

This particular patella tendon strap features breathable, machine-washable material. And the Velcro closure of the D-ring strap ensures a comfortable fit and, along with its pad insert, provides well-distributed pressure. Also helpful to this end is the product's reversed-strap design.

Don’t Forget the Quads!

But it is important to note that though wearing a patella tendonitis strap can help in treating patellar tendonitis, one should always pair use of a patella support with physical therapy to improve the strength and flexibility of the quadriceps muscles (the four-part muscles at the front of the thigh involved in leg extension). Doing so can help prevent one from reinjuring his or her patellar tendon. Check out "Jumper’s Knee Strengthening Workout” for some exercises to strengthen the quadriceps.

A doctor might also recommend other treatment options such as a patellar tendonitis brace, a platelet-rich plasma injection or even surgery. Learn more about alternative treatment options for Patellar Tendonitis in our resource library.

 
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