Patella Pro - Dynamic realignment for anterior knee pain
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Benefits at a glance
The Patella Pro’s unique mode of action provides the patella with targeted tracking in the respective flexion angle, relieving the joint structures.
The Patella Pro brace helps to relieve knee pain, making everyday recreational activities possible again; taking the stairs, going for a walk, sports, etc.
The Patella Pro distinguishes itself with its lightweight and slim and discrete design and when worn under clothing.
Easy to use
Handy quick-release closures and donning and doffing loops make it easier to wear your brace on a daily basis. The breathable material is designed for a firm fit so the brace does not slip during activities.
Customised, precise fit
It is essential for your brace to fit properly so that unpleasant or painful pressure points cannot develop. The Patella Pro features practical hook-and-loop and ratchet closures, which the clinician can use to adjust the brace to your individual requirements.
What is anterior knee pain?
Do you have pain at the front of your knee joint? If so, your physician may have already diagnosed you with “patellofemoral pain syndrome”, meaning pain in the front of the knee joint.
One of the most frequent clinical indications in Orthotics, anterior knee pain accounts for every fourth knee issue.
How does anterior knee pain actually occur?
This condition can have a variety of causes.
Excessive strain on the patellofemoral joint is often thought to trigger anterior knee pain.
Normally, the kneecap (patella) glides along the thigh bone as if on a track. In anterior knee pain, the patella is often displaced. It slips outwards and causes pain.
The patella can become displaced especially during knee flexion from 10° to 30° because tracking is comparatively weak in this range. With greater flexion (>30°), the patella is firmly seated in its “holder”. In this instance, the risk of maltracking is then low.
Proper tracking makes all the difference: Patella Pro
For patients with anterior knee pain, smaller flexion angles are especially critical, as these can relatively quickly result in the patella shifting outwards. This is precisely where the Patella Pro comes in with its unique mode of action. Thanks to its dynamic re-alignment mechanism, it tracks the patella precisely to the middle of the joint, i.e. centres it. This relieves the joint cartilage. We call this process “dynamic” because the patella is only ever tracked as much as the respective movement demands.
At the beginning of flexion, when the patella is not yet sufficiently guided in its “bony track”, the brace tracks it specifically, thus supporting the overstrained musculature. If the knee joint is flexed further, the patella glides into the “track” of the thigh bone.
Patella Move exercise programme
Ottobock has developed Patella Move, a special exercise programme, to support your rehabilitation and to ensure that the Patella Pro brace remains effective over the long-term.
It can help you strengthen your muscles and relearn correct muscle coordination. You can easily perform the exercises at home. However, it is important for you to first talk to your physician or physiotherapist to determine whether the exercises are suitable for you and to make sure you perform them properly. The exercises of the Patella Move programme are divided into four units:
- Pain reduction: You start out with pain reduction exercises which simultaneously serve to make your knee more mobile. Training also helps alleviate inflammation in the knee, so that swelling in the affected areas is reduced.
- Activation: With this training programme, you exercise your thigh musculature, which is an important prerequisite for pain-free movements, including in the knee.
- Balance and coordination: Training proper muscle coordination and balance contributes to your long-term rehabilitation success as well.
- Strengthening: Muscle development and coordination training are the exercise goals here. The causes of anterior knee pain include weakened musculature as well as disturbed muscle coordination. With these exercises, you target the underlying cause of your complaints.
Further information on the Patella Move programme is found in the download area.
The Patella Pro is generally prescribed by your physician and fitted to you by your clinician.
Yes, because the Patella Pro is very lightweight and features a slim design. The materials are breathable and comfortable to wear, and also prevent odours from developing.
This can vary from individual to individual, as the progress of healing is very unique. Influencing factors include your physical condition, for example, or whether you have chronic or acute symptoms. The amount of time you invest in your rehabilitation is also important.
No, in fact the knee brace is also often used after an operation. Experience in clinical practice has shown that many patients experience significant relief for their symptoms with the Patella Pro after an operation. However, it is once again important here that it is integrated in a well-planned concept consisting of training, rehabilitation and therapy.
The therapy concept is individually coordinated for you and your needs. Medications can initially help deal with acute pain. Physiotherapy is intended to help improve muscular coordination. Simultaneously, emphasis is placed on correcting functional malpositions and compensating postures. Secure tracking of the patella can establish the conditions for pain-free movement. The Patella Pro supports this effectively.
No, the brace is worn for approximately half to one year. The muscles in the knee are then once again able to hold the patella in the right position independently.