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Strengthening the Knee and Wearing Support Devices After Anterior Knee Pain Develops

When someone becomes interested in Mueller braces and supports because of knee pain, it's important to consult a physician before making any purchases. A precise diagnosis helps the man or woman choose the right device for knee stabilization. A broad range of this equipment is available, with different types designed for different purposes.

Anterior Knee Pain, or Runner's Knee

Consider someone who experiences pain at the front and center of the knee joint. This person benefits from specific kinds of knee braces and supports. Other devices, intended for different purposes, might actually worsen the problem.

This particular type of discomfort is medically known as anterior knee pain. People commonly refer to it as runner's knee, even if they aren't runners and are still dealing with the condition. The doctor may recommend a patellofemoral brace that applies a certain type of pressure to the knee to help it track properly.

Possible Causes and Risk Factors

Anterior knee pain has numerous possible causes and a number of risk factors as well. For example, the patella, commonly called the kneecap, may have developed a certain level of instability. The tendon attached to the patella and the quadriceps, a muscle group in front on the thigh, may have become inflamed. Being overweight is one risk factor.

Physical Therapy

Depending on the level of discomfort, the physician may also recommend physical therapy to strengthen the joint and improve its flexibility. The muscles around the knee, including the quadriceps and hamstring, will be strengthened during this process. That helps reduce the risk of knee injury. An example of a useful exercise is the straight-leg raise which does not require bending the knee at all.

Continuing to Exercise

Fortunately, most people respond favorably to conservative treatment like wearing a support device and following a customized exercise program created by a physical therapist. Another aspect of conservative treatment includes resting the knee instead of engaging in impact activity like jumping rope or jogging. A physical therapist can recommend the best activities if the person enjoys going to the gym regularly or wants to continue with outdoor exercise.

The knee support may allow this individual to continue being active while wearing the brace. Again, though, it's essential that the correct support device is sued to provide optimum stability for the knee. When the person is ready to return to impact exercise or other activities that put some stress on the knee, the right equipment prevents worsening of the injury or a recurrence.