Knee Band Straps
Patellar knee band straps can be used for a number of different knee problems. They are simple but extremely effective. 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. The single straps are "one size fits all" up to a 22"/55cm knee circumference whereas some dual knee bands are available in a range of sizes.
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 jumpers knee strap makes such a
difference to their knee pain.
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.
Magnet therapy claims to help by increasing blood flow, reducing inflammation, promoting general well-being and relaxation all of which help to reduce pain. This magnetic strap was developed by a world renowned Orthopedic Surgeon
and Sports Medicine Specialist.
My verdict: Whether you are a fan of magnet therapy or not, this strap receives great reviews so is worth looking at. I like the way it is shaped to support the kneecap. Average user rating 4.4/5
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. Average user rating 4.4/5.
Overview: The Neo G patella knee band features a silicon
pad, designed to be worn directly below the kneecap, over the patellar
tendon, providing greater targeted compression and support.
It has plastic loops for tightening the band making it easier to apply than other straps.
My verdict: I really like the design of this strap with the loops rather than just being a strip that you wrap around - easier to get a good fit. Average user rating 4.3/5.
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. Average user rating 4.3/5.
Overview: The only knee band on the market that doesn't just wrap around the knee, it is dual adjustable.
There are two slightly different designs available, one has a small side side tab that can be pulled, the other a small dial to turn to tighten the strap once the velcro has been fastened.
My verdict: This has the added advantage of being dual-adjustable which helps to ensure a good fit. Average user rating 3.3/5
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 jumpers knee straps work for. Some people really like
having the extra support above the knee and at the sides too.
Overview: The Cho-Pat dual knee strap provides support above and below the knee, dispersing pain and providing immediate relief. Specially designed to ensure constant dynamic support to reduce pain and problems associated with overuse.
The top strap reduces the force through the quads and reduces the potential for misalignment. The bottom strap helps stabilize the kneecap and improve patellar tracking to prevent wear and tear on the back of the kneecap. Available in black or tan and a range of sizes to ensure perfect fit and maximum performance.
My verdict: This is the most popular and highest user rated double knee strap on the market right now. I like that there are a range of sizes available so you can get a perfect fit rather than the less convincing one size fits most approach. It is slightly more expensive than other brands, but the reviews speak for themselves. Average user rating 4.3/5.
Overview: This lightweight, comfortable double knee band 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. One size fits most.
My verdict: Provides support above, below and at the sides of the knee. Whilst not quite up to the standard of the Cho-Pat, it is good value. Average user rating 4.1/5.
Overview: This dual knee band 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. Available in two sizes S/M and L/XL
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
one. Average user rating 4.1/5
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 Braces or Knee Pain Guide
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