Knee Bands – What Are They And Do They Actually Work?

A knee band, which is also called “patellar strap”, and/or “Jumpers knee strap”, is essentially a strap that wraps around your knee, underneith your kneecap. The main purpose of this device 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.

 

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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.

 

1. 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.

 



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2. RiptGear Patella Knee Band – 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.

 



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3. Crosstrap Patella Support Strap – Gently applies pressure, absorbs force, and provides warmth along medial and lateral soft tissues of the knee.  Another popular choice.

 



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