What is a Patella Band or Knee Support Band?
A knee band is a type of knee brace or support that focuses on compression of the patellar ligament—which is more commonly known as the patellar tendon—to help minimize stress on the tibial tuberosity (alternately known as the tibial tubercle, the tibial tuberosity is a bony protrusion on the front part of the tibial bone in the lower leg, which forms a small bump below the kneecap).
Knee bands are best used to treat patellar tendonitis (more commonly referred to as jumper's knee) and Osgood-Schlatter's disease. They are also effective in providing the knee area with additional support.
What Is Patellar Tendonitis and Osgood-Schlatter's Disease and How Can Knee Support Bands Help?
Patellar tendonitis or jumper's knee is the inflammation of the patellar tendon. The patellar tendon is the small, thick tendon between your kneecap (patella) and the shin bone, which helps link your quadriceps and kneecap to your lower leg. Patellar tendonitis is considered an overuse injury, which is typically caused by jumping or running—hence the term jumper's knee. Patellar tendonitis is a condition that is inconvenient at the very least to extremely painful at the very most. It usually starts with a very mild pain that slowly progresses into a more significant condition. Fortunately, patellar bands can effectively minimize the symptoms of patellar tendonitis or jumper's knee.
Osgood-Schlatter's disease (OSD) is similar to patellar tendonitis in that it is also considered an overuse injury. Specifically, though, it is an irritation of the patellar ligament, particularly at the tibial tuberosity. OSD is a common knee disorder that afflicts children and adolescents, especially during the beginning of growth spurts, which usually occur at any time between the ages of thirteen for girls or between ten and fifteen for boys. A good-quality knee band can help treat Osgood-Schlatter's disease.
A patella tendon band or knee band brace is frequently used to help treat modality for patella tendonitis. Specifically, a patellar tendon band helps treat jumper's knee by improving the tracking of the patella tendon while helping to maintain alignment of the knee joint. On the other hand, knee support bands can help treat OSD by helping reduce pain in the afflicted area. Additionally, an Osgood-Schlatter's band helps provide compression and support to the knee and helps support the patella tendon.
Patellar Tendon Band for Tendonitis or Knee Band for Osgood-Schlatter's Disease
A patella tendon strap is an effective and comfortable knee band that can be used to treat patellar tendonitis and Osgood-Schlatter's disease. This tendon band features an infrapatellar-pad insert and a D-ring strap with velcro closure. The patella tendon strap is made to easily slide over the foot, up the leg, and fits snugly around the knee joint and is secured using the velcro closure. The knee support band is also perfect for the treatment of chondropathia patella (chondromalacia) and patellofemoral arthrosis as well as an ideal athletic knee brace for basketball, football, running and other sports wherein the legs and knees are in continuous motion.
In addition to providing great knee support, the Patella Tendon Band is particularly effective in minimizing the chances of developing other knee problems like runner’s knee in which the knee joint is inflamed due to constant motion.
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