Runner’s knee or anterior knee pain are interchangeable terminology for patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). PFPS is defined as pain originating from the patellofemoral joint and associated structures excluding other intra-articular and peripatellar pathology.1,2 PFPS is the most common diagnosis among runners and in sports medicine centers. Knee pain occurs when the cartilage that covers and acts as a cushion inside the joint, wears out, causing the bones to rub against each other. Healthy knees can make all the difference between a comfortable life and a painful existence.
There are various injuries that can occur to the knee joint, the most common being Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL), Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL), and Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries. If the injury is substantial enough, doctor or medical specialist may recommend a sport knee brace for the injury. There are many benefits that come from wearing a knee hinges; the biggest benefit being the support and stability the knee brace provides. The length of the hinges is also an important factor in providing support and stability; the longer the hinge the more support to the knee. Most people will find that not only do they benefit from the support and stability of the brace with a torn MCL or LCL, but also they can also benefit from pain relief while wearing the brace. These braces are to be worn acutely, right after, injury and then preventatively when actively participating in a sport to help prevent future injury.
Knee Cap with Rigid Hinge a versatile device which offers the advantage of compression around the knee and the support of a side splint, while allowing normal flexion of knee.
Extra strap for secured fitting.
Side splinting with free flexion movement.
Double layered and four way stretch fabric.
Hinge, mimics the motion of natural knee joint.
The benefits of wearing a knee cap hinges for sports injuries are:
Provides medial and lateral support of the knee.
Reduces and prevents excessive rotation of the knee.
Provides proprioception and feedback.
Can be used to limit range of motion post-surgically.
Protects the graft post-surgically while healing.
Tynor Knee Cap (with Rigid Hinge) Features
Rigid side splinting
Free flexion movement
Bilayered, cotton on the inside
Ensures dermophillic interphone with the skin,
Better patient compliance
Bilayered, nylon on the outside
A Knee Immobilizer limits knee movement. It is used after an injury or surgery to help the knee, muscles, or tendons heal. A knee injury can be a painful and scary experience. It may notice that knee pain can limit the ability to walk, work, and participate fully in recreational activity. It may require physical therapy to help improve range of motion and strength and decrease pain after a knee injury. A knee immobilizer may also be used after ligament or tendon injury or surgery around the knee. It can help keep the knee straight to allow proper healing to occur, but it can also be removed for gentle motion to occur. Be sure to speak with the doctor or physical therapist to be certain that it is safe before removing the knee immobilizer.
A knee immobilizer is a brace that does exactly what its name implies:
- It immobilizes the knee joint and prevents it from moving.
- It is a long cloth brace that extends the length of the shin and thigh. There are metal support struts on the inside and outside part of the brace. Velcro straps hold the knee immobilizer in place.
- Suffer from a fracture of the patella or upper shin bone, a knee immobilizer may be used to help keep things in place during healing.