The Open Patella Knee Support provides support and compression following an acute and chronic knee injury, instability, and mild knee osteoarthritis, and mild meniscus injuries. They are also very suitable for protective and prophylactic use for sports activities.
While there are a dozen ways to reduce your chances of joint dislocation and knee fracture as a result of injury, one of the many options is to wear a knee brace. This knee support is designed for knee relief, knee recovery, and knee protection.
Have you ever had an injury followed by severe pain? Generally, injuries can be excruciating. But when it comes to a knee injury, things may spiral out of control – especially if you have an active lifestyle. This compression all-purpose open patella brace is designed to help you mitigate:
Patellar tracking disorder
Patellofemoral pain syndrome
Patellar tendon injuries including runner’s knee, jumper’s knee, and patellar tendonitis
- Knee Pain
- Anatomically knitted and multi-directional elastic fabric. Looser knit around patella to prevent local edema.
- Removable self-adhesive elastic strap for additional lateral and medial support, stability, and compression.
- Silicone patellar buttress. Additional elastic strap for added compression & support. Fits either left or right knee.
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Why the Open Patella Knee Brace?
- Cost-effective and supportive, it helps maintain proper patella alignment while its hinges help the knee prevent hyperextension
- "Ideal if you're new to knee braces, this sleeve evenly distributes pressure to reduce inflammation while improving blood flow
- Its bilateral hinges allow for ample movement while its side stabilizers ensure you don't feel weighed down
- The pull-on sleeve promises to provide a four-way stretch and allow for a full range of motion while staying in place
What Can you Benefit From Wearing the Open Patella Compression Brace?
- Reduces the painful effects of an injured knee by reducing its movement
- Stabilize your knee after ACL surgery
- Keep dislocated patella in its place during workout or fitness activity
- Transfer the weight off your injured knee (especially during knee osteoarthritis) to reduce the pain
Protects from injuries during sports, workouts and exercise
- Load management on your needs
When Can I Benefit From The Open Patella Support
Do you feel like your knee is about to buckle or give away? If yes, it is a sign that your knee is unstable. The Open Patella Brace helps with knee stabilization.
Do you have frequent knee pain? If yes, it is a sign that your knee is inflamed. The Open Patella helps reduce inflammation.
Do you have swelling in your knee? If yes, it is a sign of injuries associated with overuse or trauma. The Open Patella Support helps with managing irritable discomfort.
Do you have soreness or inflammation in your knee? If yes, it is a sign of osteoarthritis and, or tendinitis. The Open Patella Support helps with managing both osteoarthritis and tendinitis.
Improve Stability: Patella dual strap designed to boost the overall stability of the knee and improve patella tracking by applying pressure upper and below the kneecap or at the sides.
Relieve Knee Pain: Adding moderate compression below the kneecap. Effectively support your sore knee caused by arthritis and or stiff muscle.
Product Material: Uses unique perforated and porous Lycra fabric. With ventilating holes, it provides comfortable and breathable protection.
Cause of Knee Pain
Knee pain can be caused by injuries, mechanical problems, types of arthritis, and other problems.
A knee injury can affect any of the ligaments, tendons, or fluid-filled sacs (bursae) that surround your knee joint as well as the bones, cartilage, and ligaments that form the joint itself. Some of the more common knee injuries include:
ACL injury. An ACL injury is a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) — one of four ligaments that connect your shinbone to your thighbone. An ACL injury is particularly common in people who play basketball, soccer, or other sports that require sudden changes in direction.
Fractures. The bones of the knee, including the kneecap (patella), can be broken during falls or auto accidents. Also, people whose bones have been weakened by osteoporosis can sometimes sustain a knee fracture simply by stepping wrong.
Torn meniscus. The meniscus is the tough, rubbery cartilage that acts as a shock absorber between your shinbone and thighbone. It can be torn if you suddenly twist your knee while bearing weight on it.
Knee bursitis. Some knee injuries cause inflammation in the bursae, the small sacs of fluid that cushion the outside of your knee joint so that tendons and ligaments glide smoothly over the joint.
Patellar tendinitis. Tendinitis causes irritation and inflammation of one or more tendons — the thick, fibrous tissues that attach muscles to bones. This inflammation can happen when there's an injury to the patellar tendon, which runs from the kneecap (patella) to the shinbone and allows you to kick, run and jump. Runners, skiers, cyclists, and those involved in jumping sports and activities may develop patellar tendinitis.
Some examples of mechanical problems that can cause knee pain include:
Loose body. Sometimes injury or degeneration of bone or cartilage can cause a piece of bone or cartilage to break off and float in the joint space. This may not create any problems unless the loose body interferes with knee joint movement, in which case the effect is something like a pencil caught in a door hinge.
Iliotibial band syndrome. This occurs when the tough band of tissue that extends from the outside of your hip to the outside of your knee (iliotibial band) becomes so tight that it rubs against the outer portion of your thighbone. Distance runners and cyclists are especially susceptible to iliotibial band syndrome.
Dislocated kneecap. This occurs when the triangular bone that covers the front of your knee (patella) slips out of place, usually to the outside of your knee. In some cases, the kneecap may stay displaced and you'll be able to see the dislocation
Hip or foot pain. If you have hip or foot pain, you may change the way you walk to spare your painful joint. But this altered gait can place more stress on your knee joint and cause knee pain.
Types of arthritis
More than 100 different types of arthritis exist. The varieties most likely to affect the knee include:
Osteoarthritis. Sometimes called degenerative arthritis, osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It's a wear-and-tear condition that occurs when the cartilage in your knee deteriorates with use and age.
Rheumatoid arthritis. The most debilitating form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition that can affect almost any joint in your body, including your knees. Although rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease, it tends to vary in severity and may even come and go.
Gout. This type of arthritis occurs when uric acid crystals build up in the joint. While gout most commonly affects the big toe, it can also occur in the knee.
Pseudogout. Often mistaken for gout, pseudogout is caused by calcium-containing crystals that develop in the joint fluid. Knees are the most common joint affected by pseudogout.
Septic arthritis. Sometimes your knee joint can become infected, leading to swelling, pain, and redness. Septic arthritis often occurs with a fever, and there's usually no trauma before the onset of pain. Septic arthritis can quickly cause extensive damage to the knee cartilage. If you have knee pain with any of the symptoms of septic arthritis, see your doctor right away.
Patellofemoral pain syndrome is a general term that refers to pain arising between the kneecap and the underlying thighbone. It's common in athletes; in young adults, especially those whose kneecap doesn't track properly in its groove; and in older adults, who usually develop the condition as a result of arthritis of the kneecap.
A number of factors can increase your risk of having knee problems, including:
Excess weight. Being overweight or obese increases stress on your knee joints, even during ordinary activities such as walking or going up and downstairs. It also puts you at increased risk of osteoarthritis by accelerating the breakdown of joint cartilage.
Lack of muscle flexibility or strength. A lack of strength and flexibility can increase the risk of knee injuries. Strong muscles help stabilize and protect your joints, and muscle flexibility can help you achieve a full range of motion.
Certain sports or occupations. Some sports put greater stress on your knees than do others. Alpine skiing with its rigid ski boots and potential for falls, basketball jumps, and pivots, and the repeated pounding your knees take when you run or jog all increase your risk of a knee injury. Jobs that require repetitive stress on the knees such as construction or farming also can increase your risk.
Previous injury. Having a previous knee injury makes it more likely that you'll injure your knee again.
Not all knee pain is serious. But some knee injuries and medical conditions, such as osteoarthritis, can lead to increasing pain, joint damage, and disability if left untreated. And having a knee injury — even a minor one — makes it more likely that you'll have similar injuries in the future.
Although it's not always possible to prevent knee pain, the following suggestions may help ward off injuries and joint deterioration:
Keep extra pounds off. Maintain a healthy weight; it's one of the best things you can do for your knees. Every extra pound puts additional strain on your joints, increasing the risk of injuries and osteoarthritis.
Be in shape to play your sport. To prepare your muscles for the demands of sports participation, take time for conditioning.
Practice perfectly. Make sure the technique and movement patterns you use in your sports or activity are the best they can be. Lessons from a professional can be very helpful
Get strong, stay flexible. Weak muscles are a leading cause of knee injuries. You'll benefit from building up your quadriceps and hamstrings, the muscles on the front and back of your thighs that help support your knees. Balance and stability training helps the muscles around your knees work together more effectively.
Be smart about exercise. If you have osteoarthritis, chronic knee pain, or recurring injuries, you may need to change the way you exercise. Consider switching to swimming, water aerobics, or other low-impact activities — at least for a few days a week. Sometimes simply limiting high-impact activities will provide relief.
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