Patella Stabilizers - Do They Really Stabilize Your Kneecap?
The short answer is a resounding yes, and no. The majority of traditional patella stabilizer models feature a pull-up design with a stitched in or adjustable, patella buttress. These products help by placing downward compression on the soft tissues that surround the patellofemoral joint. This in turn triggers joint receptors to fire and send impulses to your central nervous system (that's your brain) which help you feel less pain, and therefore, more confidence with running or going up and down stairs. More advanced patella stabilizers go one step further by trying to "capture" the patella by forcing it downward onto your femur's trochlear groove (think of it as a track for your kneecap to drive on). By forcing your kneecap down onto this groove you increase the amount of contact surface area hitting the "track" - you're spreading it out more, and thus lower the overall stress underneath. This helps to improve tracking and pain relief. We carry models with stitched in horseshoe buttress, styles with adjustable/removable buttresses, and lateral j patella stabilizer models as well.
DME-Direct carries the largest online selection of traditional and advanced patella stabilizer brace designs from all the best like, Bauerfeind, Bledsoe, BioSkin, Corflex, Donjoy, Hely Weber, MedSpec, M-Brace, Ossur, Townsend Design, and many more. We deliver 100,000+ products each year to patients, physicians, hospitals, repeat customers, and more. Most of our patella stabilizers range in price from $30 -$80 depending on their construction and unique features. You'll also find some higher priced models which have unique designs (and brace frame designs) to provide better tracking and pain relief compared to the rest of the pack. Click patella brace to see our entire selection.