Patella Stabilizer Braces

Finding the Best Knee Brace for Patellar Tendonitis

Patellar tendonitis, also known as jumper’s knee, is a tendon injury that is most common among athletes in sports that involve jumping, such as basketball, volleyball, tennis or dance. The patellar tendon is the band of tissues connecting the knee (patella) to the shin bone (tibia). It is highly instrumental when it comes to jumping or explosive motions of the knee.

When this tendon is overused or overstressed, microscopic tears will form in the tendon, which causes painful inflammation and swelling in the area the tendon is located just below the knee. 

The pain comes on gradually over time and thus cannot usually be pinpointed to a specific causal injury. This pain will generally start as an ache in the patellar tendon region after physical activity and will gradually progress to pain during and after physical activity that can be so intense it is disruptive of performance. In the worst case scenario, a total tear of the tendon can occur.

Thus, it is important to pay attention to such pain and address it accordingly. 

Patellar Tendonitis Treatment

Often (especially in its early stages), this injury can be treated via rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE). But as athletes know, an extended period of rest is not always an option, not to mention these treatment methods do not address preventive care to stave off reinjuring the tendon.

Since the injury is common to high-impact sports, some of which involve contact with other players and/or the ground, it is not surprising that many athletes turn to a patella knee brace to ease pain and swelling, accelerate healing and provide additional support. The support aspect, in particular, makes a patella brace preferable over a patella tendon strap for some individuals.

At BraceAbility, one can find a number of knee braces for patellar tendonitis that are well suited for athletic activity and are comfortable to wear.

Patella Braces for Athletes

Bauerfeind offers a number of knee braces for patella tendonitis that are designed with athletes in mind. The Bauerfeind GenuTrain knee brace is a top-selling patella stabilizing brace that is especially popular among basketball players. Indeed, it is even worn by several professional athletes.

This patella tendonitis brace covers and protects the knee and prevents too much pressure from being placed on the knee cap. In addition, it features a silicone insert that keeps the knee free of pressure applies targeted pressure to the knee joint to improve circulation and reduce swelling. The GenuTrain patellar brace also features an omega pad that encircles the knee to reduce pain.

All of this can help shorten an athlete’s healing time not to mention protect the knee and prevent it from being injured again when it is most vulnerable.

And that does not even touch on the design of the GenuTrain patellar tendon brace. GenuTrain patella stabilizer brace products feature elastic, breathable fabric for user comfort. The material does not restrict movement and it is cool, lightweight and machine-washable.

Corrective wire in the fabric keeps the patellar knee brace from bunching and advancements have been made as to the compression at the edges of the brace to make it easy to slide on and off.

Specialized Patella Tendon Brace Products

At BraceAbility, one can also find a Bauerfeind brace specially customized to be a patellar tracking brace as well as a patella stabilizing brace that features joint bars for ultimate knee support. Bauerfeind’s patella tracking disorder brace is also a good chondromalacia patella brace.

Similar to patellar tendonitis, this condition is characterized by pain beneath the knee cap due to overuse or injury, but in chrondromalacia, the source of the pain is the cartilage rather than a tendon.

Corflex also designs several patellar tendonitis knee brace products, including a hinged knee brace with patella stabilizers. This u-shaped patellar buttress brace features durable hinges for ultimate support. And the sleeve is made from CoolTex fabric, a neoprene alternative that is light, breathable and hypo-allergenic.

Multiuse Patellar Retraining Brace

Incredibrace also offers a simple, lightweight patella brace for everyday sports use, from running to basketball to football. It is designed to increase blood flow and regulate the temperature of the knee area while providing support to the patella and reducing swelling. Thus, it not only maintains one’s range of motion, it also can improve this via improved circulation.

This patella knee brace is also made of an anti-microbial moisture wicking fabric that absorbs odors. Thus, it helps users feel comfortable as well as eliminates any unpleasant odors.

Whatever patellar knee brace you choose from the wide selection at, be sure to pair its use with exercise and stretches of the quadriceps. Doing so can help one prevent further injury to the patellar tendon.