Knee bands, which are also called “patellar straps”, and/or “Jumpers knee straps”, are essentially straps that wrap around your knee, underneath your kneecap. The main purpose of knee bands is to limit the movement of the patella (kneecap) and reduce the load going through it and the patella tendon. They work by putting pressure on the tendons in a way that restores proper alignment.
Do Knee Bands Actually Work?
Knee bands have been proven to help with several knee related conditions, such as:
- Patella tracking – This refers to the alignment/movement of the kneecap. If you have unsupported or weak tendons, it can lead to pain in the kneecap area.
- Patellar tendonitis – This condition is also called “Jumper’s knee.” and refers to the condition where the patellar tendon is overstressed. Left untreated, this condition can lead to sprains. Symptoms general include pain after physical activity or pain during physical activity.
- Osgood Schlatters Disease (OSD) – This condition affects many younger adolescents and generally develops during a growth spurt. Common symptoms are: pain & swelling under the knee, pain that tends to get worse when playing sports or other physical activities, and limping after running.
- Bursitis – Irritation caused by inflamed bursa sacs. These sacs enable friction-less movements for tendons across the bone. When tendons unnecessarily move across these sacs they can become inflamed. See our blog post Beating Bursitis for additional information.
Popular Knee Bands
Although there is a wide range of good knee bands available on the market, you will often hear of the following because they are well known for helping with the issues we listed above.
Pro Band Sports Kneedit Knee Support
This knee strap is made of extremely durable neoprene, one size fitting most. This strap is a popular choice because it delivers quick knee pain relief by absorbing some of the load to the knee and providing Anatomically Focused Dynamic Compression to the soft tissues in the area located in the front of the knee. (Note: There is also a magnetic version of the Kneedit knee band. Refer to our KneedIT XM Magnetic Knee Strap Review to find out more.)
McDavid Level 2 Knee Strap/Patella
This band is another popular choice because of the neoprene material. There is no latex in the design or construction. One size will fit most people and either knee. The tubular strap design provides compression without stopping.
Ipow Fully Adjustable Support Strap Band
Gently applies pressure, absorbs force, and provides warmth along medial and lateral soft tissues of the knee. Another popular choice.
If you have any of the issues we talked about above, it may be time to consider a knee band. They are inexpensive and usually provide quick relief. The great thing about knee bands is that they are designed for all day use and generally tend to last a long time. Just keep in mind that before you go down this road, always check with your doctor to make sure they are on board with you using one.
Disclaimer – I am not a doctor and I am not qualified to provide medical advice. This was posted for informational purposes only and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Read full disclaimer.
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