Patella Strain/Sprain

What is it?

Four ligaments and the patella tendon support the patella (knee). A stretch or tear in the tendon is termed a “strain,” whereas a stretch or tear in one of the four ligaments is termed a “sprain”.

Why do I have it?

Sudden stops and changes in direction, overuse or intense strenuous activity, and blows to either side of the patella causes stretching and tearing of ligaments and tendons in the knee.

When does it hurt?

Localized tenderness over the patella with gradual pain occurring with an increase in physical activity. Sitting, squatting, jumping and climbing/ descending stairs can cause discomfort, while prolonged sedentary behaviour may worsen these factors at the onset of activity.

The Bracing Experts Advice:

A stretch in the tendon/ligament can cause patella instability. A compression brace can provide stability, reduce inflammation, promote blood flow and speed up healing.

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