Anyone used a "jumper's/runner's knee" strap?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by letsgorangers, Nov 18, 2007.

  1. letsgorangers macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2006
    They go under the knee cap and put pressure on the patellar tendon. Supposedly they keep the knee crap from tracking improperly.

    Here's a picture:

    I don't think all of them have the cup-like plastic thing. But all of them do put pressure on that tendon underneath the knee.

    Long story short, I had knee surgery to remove broken cartilage and to release the lateral renticula. My knee still doesn't track right and I'm getting pain after I work out.

    Do these things work?
  2. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    i have one. i've used it before when i had tendonitis, and it seemed to help a little, but not a whole lot. it's not gonna produce a miracle or anything
  3. ryannah05 macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2008
    Knee tracking brace

    If you want a brace that performs miracles, I highly recommend the Shields brace: BRACE.htm . I don't sell them, but I use one and I absolutely love it. It does make it harder to bend the knee very far, but it really helps with tracking problems. Before I started using the brace I had reached a point where I could hardly do anything without running into serious knee pain (walking to the mailbox hurt), but with the brace I'm back to working out at the gym and playing tennis with my kids.
  4. nakamuramori2 macrumors regular

    Aug 14, 2008
    u need PT therapy to get rid of the damaged tissues and excercise.
  5. ryannah05 macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2008
    Thanks - that's where I got the brace

    Thanks for the concern. It was my PT who recommended the brace after I had already gone through 3 months of therapy. The brace helps keep me out of PT now that I'm back to functioning again.
  6. Azmordean macrumors 6502

    Mar 10, 2004
    Silicon Valley
    I am prone to patella tendinitis so I use the simpler version (just a strap with a rounded foam "bar" that presses on the patella area) for leg exercises when I lift, and when I run. It does help in those situations. No its not a miracle, but it stabilizes things a bit and I find it keeps me from having pain.
  7. jackiecanev2 macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2007
    I've used many patellar tendon straps, but the one I've found most useful is the Cho-Pat dual strap. It applies pressure to both the tendons above and below the knee (quadricep and patellar), but is non-constricting and allows for a full range of motion. It should definitely help with the tracking. It looks a little like a mini-knee brace, but it's nothing like one.

    If you're going for the regular strap, the Bioskin Q-baby is really comfortable and provides a significant amount of well distributed pressure.
  8. letsgorangers thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2006
    Wow thread revival!

    Whoever recommended the shields brace, that's actually what I used pre-surgery. It was ok, but really not a good solution for me when it comes to working out. It just doesn't have enough give for me to run or spin in.

    And RE: PT, I had two to three months worth post-surgery.

    I do still have knee pain in the surgery knee but I usually just work through it. It still tends to make odd popping and snapping sounds when I twist or get up out of a chair. Most of the time I just deal with it.

    Moral of the story? Don't fall off a bike and break your knee!

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