What are the best knee braces for jumper’s knee?


The best knee braces for jumper’s knee (patellar tendonitis) are airmesh knee braces and chopat straps. However, as good as a knee brace is at relieving the pain and inflammation associated with this condition, it will not address the root of the problem. Patellar tendonitis is a common overuse injury that takes place when repeated stress is placed on the patellar tendon that connects the kneecap with the shinbone. This stress causes small tears in the tendon. When these tears become too many for the body to attempt to repair, they result in pain and swelling. The jumper’s knee label comes from the fact that this injury is frequent in sports that require jumping – e.g. basketball and volleyball.

At first, knee pain is present only during the sporting activity, to the point that the athlete’s performance is affected. If left untreated, the condition can also affect daily activities like climbing stairs or getting up from a chair. Playing through the pain – or trying to live with it – can cause the tears to become larger and result in a chronic condition known as patellar tendinopathy or tendinosis. Tests such as ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can reveal tears in the patellar tendon, while X-rays can rule out other problems that could be causing the pain.

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As mentioned above, even the best knee braces for jumper’s knee are only a link in the chain of treatment for patellar tendonitis. Treatment consists of drugs, therapy, and surgical and other procedures.

Jumper’s knee treatment

·         Medications

-        Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (Ibuprofen, Motrin, Naprosyn, Celebrex).

-        Pain relievers (Advil, Aleve).

·         Therapy

-        Stretching exercises. Can decrease muscle spasms and lengthen muscle-tendon unit by stretching quadriceps, hamstring, and calf muscles.

-        Strengthening exercises. Involve slowly lowering the leg after extending the knee to relieve the patellar tendon strain that weak thigh muscles contribute to.

-        Tendon straps. Apply pressure to the patellar tendon to redistribute force away from the tendon and redirect it through the strap.

-        Iontophoresis. Application of a corticosteroid medication on the skin and then deliver a low electrical charge with a device to push the medicine through.

-        Ice treatments. Icing the area helps reduce swelling, thus returning the tendon to its normal state.

·         Surgery and others

-        Corticosteroid injection. An ultrasound guided injection into the sheath surrounding the patellar tendon.

-        Platelet-rich plasma injection. May promote the formation of new tissue and aid in healing tendon damage.

-        Surgery. Rarely needed, except in cases that do not respond to more conservative treatments.

The common denominator linking together these treatment options is rest. The patient should not perform physical activities until all traces of knee pain have disappeared.

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