Knee braces and tendonitis

Carol

Crazy like a...
MT Mentor
Lifetime Supporting Member
MTS Alumni
Joined
Jan 16, 2006
Messages
20,311
Reaction score
541
Location
NH
I seem to have developed tendonitis in the patellar tendons of both knees, with one knee being worse than the other. I will be getting checked out by my doctor but it doesn't look like I will have a chance to see her before the Thanksgiving break.

I've had tendonitis in these tendons before, although its been a few years. I wore neoprene knee braces the last time I had this injury, but now I'm a little conflicted as to whether that is a good idea. The braces all advertise that they keep heat in the knee to improve circulation...however, I've found that the only thing that really helps in relieving the pain is putting cold packs on the affected tendons. Wearing a hot brace seems to be a bit...paradoxical.

Is there any benefit to wearing a brace between now and when I can see the doc?
 

Kacey

Sr. Grandmaster
MTS Alumni
Joined
Jan 3, 2006
Messages
16,462
Reaction score
227
Location
Denver, CO
If you're trying to stabilize the knee, then the neoprene braces may not be your best choice, especially if you find extra heat counter-productive. I sprained my right knee a couple of years ago and still have problems with it - I wear one of the elastic braces from Ace, as I find that to be most comfortable and effective. I did have a doctor tell me not to wear a brace, that they don't work - but a different doctor told me to wear one if I felt it helped.
 

jks9199

Administrator
Staff member
Lifetime Supporting Member
Joined
Jul 2, 2006
Messages
22,830
Reaction score
3,093
Location
Northern VA
If you're trying to stabilize the knee, then the neoprene braces may not be your best choice, especially if you find extra heat counter-productive. I sprained my right knee a couple of years ago and still have problems with it - I wear one of the elastic braces from Ace, as I find that to be most comfortable and effective. I did have a doctor tell me not to wear a brace, that they don't work - but a different doctor told me to wear one if I felt it helped.
I've done various & sundry things to my knees. I'm too much of weenie to see what the doc says, because I'm sure that surgery is going to come up eventually...

But I do wear a knee brace on occasion. Just one of the Ace compression braces. They do give a little support. Mostly, I find they remind me NOT to be stupid, and do something to add to the injury. Which is often more important than anything else...
 

Kacey

Sr. Grandmaster
MTS Alumni
Joined
Jan 3, 2006
Messages
16,462
Reaction score
227
Location
Denver, CO
But I do wear a knee brace on occasion. Just one of the Ace compression braces. They do give a little support. Mostly, I find they remind me NOT to be stupid, and do something to add to the injury. Which is often more important than anything else...

Yeah, that's pretty much why I wear one too!
 

Drac

Sr. Grandmaster
MTS Alumni
Joined
Jul 16, 2004
Messages
22,738
Reaction score
143
Location
Ohio
Once I get rid of this brace the Dr gave me I'll probably go to one of those Ace's supports...
 

buldog

Orange Belt
Joined
Oct 5, 2007
Messages
86
Reaction score
2
Location
South Glastonbury, CT
I only wear a brace when my knee feels really unstable. The neoprene doesn't breath and really brings heat and inflammation to the joint, requiring ice to reduce it again. If your knees feel stable I would leave off the brace til you see the DR. Listen to your body and do what irritates it the least. Good luck!
Scott
 
Top