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Relieve Knee Pain with Support

Chances are you have seen runners and people in rehabilitation from serious knee injuries wearing straps or sleeves on their knees. While it might seem hard to believe, those devices can actually help relieve knee pain.
Knee pain and injuries happen when you damage cartilage, muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones in your knee. A blow to the knee, a sudden twist or an unusual landing while running or jumping can all cause significant stress to the knee. These injuries can occur during running, extreme sports, football, basketball, lacrosse and hiking, among other activities.
Twisting or landing hard can sometimes result in a torn anterior cruciate ligament, causing two distinct types of knee pain, chronic pain and acute pain. Acute pain can be more intense in the short term, but chronic pain can last indefinitely.
A knee strap or sleeve impacts the patellar tendon, producing several benefits. The patellar tendon can be overused in certain sports, which can lead to inflammation and a partial tear of the tendon. The knee strap or sleeve
enhances knee reactions
• speeds healing
• reduces pain
• helps prevent further injury
After an injury, you will probably have to protect your knee for a while, but using a strap or sleeve should get you up and moving more quickly. Best of all, these devices usually fit all sizes, and anyone can learn how to properly tighten one.  One of the major issues with supports is keeping it in the proper position on the knee.  Often the knee “drops” as a person participates in their sport.  A few studies have reported a decrease in their power while doning a knee brace but not typically with straps or sleeves. On the whole I feel knee strapping or sleeves can be important but only one part of a comprehensive program of stretching, strengthening, balance and sports specific exercises.  It does guarantee a person will not get injured or reinjured.
Whether or not your physician prescribes a knee strap or sleeve after injury, we will gladly design a program of rehabilitation by your paramus physical therapist that hastens your recovery in a safe, effective manner. A combination of exercise, manual therapy and a positive attitude can assist in healing and put you on the road to recovery.
Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Wyckoff, NJ provides orthopedic and sports physical therapy services for the greater Ridgewood, Wyckoff, and Bergen County region.  This blog is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. The views expressed here are the author’s views and should be taken as suggestions. Always consult your doctor or healthcare practitioner before engaging in a physical therapy or rehabilitative program.

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann is a premier physical therapist based out of Bergen County, New Jersey. He holds an MS in physical therapy from the University of Miami, is credentialed in the world-renowned McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), and holds an OCS (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist) certification. As of 2018, there are approximately 14,000 ABPTS certified specialists in the nation and less than 400 of them are located in the state of New Jersey. Tom is the owner and director of Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus. He opened the clinic, which specializes in spine and sports injury prevention, in 2004 after many years of experience in the field. Tom’s caring interest in others and his strong belief in continuity of care, combined with his clinic’s ability to find solutions for the most difficult orthopedic problems, have earned Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation its excellent reputation with patients and medical professionals in northeastern New Jersey and beyond. A true “family man,” Tom takes pride in his clinic’s warm and welcoming environment.
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