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How Do I Choose the Best Patellar Tendon Brace?

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A patellar tendon brace wraps around the area of the knee just below the kneecap. This brace provides comfort and support to the patellar tendon, which is a series of fibers that connect leg muscles to bones around the knee area. People who suffer from knee tendinitis can benefit from using a patellar tendon brace, and choosing the best one is not necessarily a difficult process. You will need to consider the size, cost, and construction of the brace to ensure you purchase one that is comfortable and effective during physical activity.

The materials used to make a patellar tendon brace must be easily stretched but firm enough to provide support to the tendons. Some braces are adjustable and feature hook and loop straps to ensure a tight fit, while others are elastic enough that straps are not necessary. In either case, the materials used will need to be durable enough to withstand regular movement as well as damage from sweat, abrasion, and so on. A patellar tendon brace will be especially firm at the front of the knee just below the kneecap to put adequate pressure on the patellar tendon. This is different than other types of knee braces that may not place adequate pressure on this area. Be sure the brace you choose is not so tight that it cuts off circulation to any parts of the leg.

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A good choice of patellar tendon brace will be one with gel integrated into the strap. This will enhance comfort during physical activity and work to eliminate or reduce a reduction in mobility. If you choose a gel brace, it is likely to feature gel around the entirety of the brace, but you will still need to ensure the front of the brace applies adequate pressure to the patellar tendon. Try to choose a gel brace that is not too thick, as this can end up restricting movement during physical activity.

If you are having tendon pain throughout the knee, not just below the kneecap, you may want to consider a patellar tendon brace that features a strap above the knee as well. This upper strap will provide added support to the tendons positioned above the knees, which will add more stability overall to the entire knee rather than just the patellar tendon. These braces tend to be larger, bulkier, and more expensive, so unless you are experiencing other types of knee pain, this type of brace may not be necessary.

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SteamLouis
Post 3

@fify-- I use a single strap one too and it works just fine. My dad also uses one. His also has a silicone pad. I think his is a little better, it's more comfortable.

If you have issues with both knees though, I suggest getting a pack of two. You'll save money that way. I actually have jumper's knee in one leg but I bought a two back brace just in case the first one wore out too quickly. But I ended up needing the second one for my other leg.

I look a little funny with them on during basketball games but they make it possible for me to play so I don't care. I wear it at all times during activity to prevent future problems.

donasmrs
Post 2

@fify-- No, it doesn't fall off. It's adjustable and attaches securely and stays in place. At least mine does. It provides great support.

If you wan't, there are also varieties out there. Some are two straps instead of one. One goes above the knee and the other right over the patellar tendon. There are other variations too. I'm sure you can find one that works for you.

fify
Post 1

I'm shopping for this type of brace. I'm prone to patellar tendinitis and have experienced it several times in the past. I want to prevent it from occurring again.

I've seen the ones that are just a single strap. Do these really work? Won't a single strap move around and fall off during activity?

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