Knee Band Straps
Patellar knee band straps can be used for a number of different knee problems. They are simple but extremely
They are often referred to as Jumpers Knee Straps or Patellar Straps.
Knee bands are
designed to put pressure through the patella tendon and support the kneecap, therefore improving patellar tracking (kneecap movement). This helps reduce the forces going through
the kneecap and patella tendon.
A patellar strap is perfect for use with Osgood Schlatters, Patellar Tendonitis (Jumpers Knee), Chondromalacia Patella and Runners Knee. They are also good for general anterior knee pain around the kneecap. Double knee straps work well for Iliotibial Band Syndrome.
There are three different types of patellar knee band to choose from – single, double and magnetic.
They are all "one size fits all" up to a 22"/55cm knee circumference.
Here is my guide to the most widely available knee straps on the market. In
general there is little difference between products in the same class
given the simple nature of these straps. However, they are not
identical and below I’ll look at how they vary and which ones get the
Single Knee Straps
These are the most widely used patellar knee band straps. They are very popular
and people often can’t believe how such a small strap makes such a
difference to their knee pain.
Overview: Mueller have been around for 100 years and
this product is a classic. A tubular insert provides uniform pressure
for pain relief. It is available in a range of colours: red, royal blue,
green, black, gold/yellow, orange, pink.
My verdict: This is the best value for money
knee strap on the market and gets great reviews. Mueller are the only brand
that offers the strap in a wide range of colours.
Overview: This patellar knee band has a unique tubular
buttress which applies constant, mild compression on the patellar
tendon. It is perfect for people who do lots of running and/or jumping.
Fully adjustable Velcro for perfect fit – one size fits all.
My verdict: The foam cushion helps this strap
stay in place therefore providing consistent support. It’s a bit more
expensive than other makes but generally receives slightly better
reviews from patients.
Overview: The only knee band on the market that
is dual adjustable. It has a Velcro fastening with unique additional
small side tab that can be pulled to tighten the straps once they're
My verdict: An excellent strap that consistently
gets great reviews. Because of the dual adjustability it tends to be
easier to ensure a perfect fit.
Overview: The Neo G patella knee band features a silicon
pad, designed to be worn directly below the kneecap, over the patellar
My verdict: Most patellar bands are just a strip
of Velcro, but this has a plastic loops for tightening the band making
it easier to apply than other straps, however it is a little pricier.
Double Knee Straps
This style of patella knee band goes round the top and bottom offering more
support and making it more versatile. They are good for general
anterior knee pain and Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS),
as well as all the usual conditions single knee straps work for. Personally I
am less keen on the double straps as I think the single patellar straps
work just as well and are cheaper. However some people really like
having the extra support above the knee too.
Overview: This lightweight, comfortable support
provides targeted compression without reducing mobility. It has 3
1) Lower targets the patellar tendon 2) Upper targets quadriceps
malalignment 3) 2 side tubes help improve patellar position, movement
and tracking. These all decrease the forces going through the knee cap
and friction on the Iliotibial band (ITB) and patella tendons.
Breathable mesh fabric prevents excessive sweating, a common problem
with knee braces.
My verdict: If you think this is the right style
brace for you, I would recommend this Mueller knee brace over other
makes as it gets the best reviews for this style.
Overview: It has two adjustable buttresses which can
be placed top and bottom to reduce the forces going through the kneecap
and patellar tendon, or at the sides to help prevent patellar
subluxation. The two adjustable straps provide optimum fit and comfort.
Made of neoprene.
My Verdict: I like the fact that you can move
the two buttresses to where you most need them. McDavid is a trusted brand
so if this is the right style, you won’t go too far wrong with this
Magnetic Knee Straps
Magnetic knee braces claim to work in a combination of ways:
1) Increase blood flow and reduce inflammation
2) Decrease pain
3) Promote general well-being and relaxation
To find out more about magnets work, including safety advice before using them, visit the
Magnetic Knee Brace
Overview: This strap contains two strategically placed
magnets and is designed to relieve minor knee pain, soreness, stiffness
and inflammation, and improve patellar tracking. It claims to be
particularly effective with arthritis, tendonitis and chondromalacia.
This magnetic strap was developed by world renowned Orthopaedic Surgeon
and Sports Medicine Specialist. Only available in the US & Canada
My verdict: I’m sceptical of the benefits of
magnets in this situation but it could be worth trying if you are not
happy with the alternatives.
Other Knee Brace Options
Knee band straps work really well for some people, but others need a bit more
support around the whole knee. If this is the case, go to the
Knee Brace Overview
to find out about all the different types of braces available and find
the right one for you. I’ll talk you through the differences between a
basic and elite brace, pull ups and heavy duty hinged braces, and
which braces are best for specific knee problems.
Go to Knee Brace Guide or Homepage
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