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Effect of bracing on dynamic patellofemoral contact mechanics

Nicole A. Wilson, PhD, et al.

Figure 3. Patellofemoral braces used. (a) Knee sleeve, (b) patellar stabilization sleeve 1, and (c) patellar stabilization sleeve 2 are sleeve-type braces that cover entire distal portion of quadriceps muscle. (d) Wrap-style patellar stabilization brace has continuous strap that is wrapped around knee and extends both proximal and distal to knee.

Knee braces with substantially different construction and designs are available. These differences may account for the inconsistent effectiveness of bracing treatment for knee pain. We found that sleeve braces compress the quadriceps tendon, while wrap-style braces reduce peak pressure and shift the peak pressure location. Therefore, sleeve braces may be useful for treating patellar subluxation and wrap-style braces may be effective for treating patellofemoral disorders associated with cartilage degeneration. Some patients with knee pain present with altered patellofemoral motion, which was not represented in this study.

Volume 47 Number 6, 2010
   Pages 531 — 542


This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Wilson NA, Mazahery BT, Koh JL, Zhang L-Q. Effect of bracing on dynamic patellofemoral contact mechanics. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2010;47(6):531-42.
DOI:10.1682/JRRD.2009.12.0204

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