Which is the correct support for my knee?
POSTED ON OCTOBER 24, 2014 BY THOMAS PARKER, MD
The selection of the correct knee compression helix will maximise the benefits of compression and support.
Full Knee Helix
The Full Knee Helix is the preferred knee compression support if you have suffered any major knee trauma or have had knee surgery of any type, (arthroscopic of open surgical procedure). The Full Knee Helix provides comfortable and uniform compression to the entire knee. If there has been injury to any of the ligaments, menisci or tendons, all will be supported. There is also support for the distal thigh and proximal leg muscles and tendons. Patients with degenerative or osteoarthritis of the knee report benefits not only from the compression, but also from the comfort and warmth. Athletes of every age, sport and skill level wear the Full Knee Helix. The Full Knee Helix is not advised while playing sand volleyball.
Full Knee Helix (Open)
The Full Knee Helix (Open) provides the same knee support and compression as the Full Knee Helix but does not provide support for the patella. The Full Knee Helix (Open) is advised if compression for the entire knee is desired but posterior pressure on the patella is to be avoided such as with the patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Adjustable Knee Helix
The Adjustable Knee Helix offers the benefit of ease of placement when compared to the Full Knee Helix (Open). This compression support is for the femoral and patellar tendons and lateral ligaments. It allows adjustment so that the tension of the support applied can be varied. This Body Helix was developed at the request of a medical doctor who had reports of improved arthritis pain control with the use of the Full Knee Helix but the patients were unable to pull the Full Knee Helix into position because of weakness or arthritis. Athletes like the smaller Adjustable Knee Helix when support of the thigh and calf tendons is not necessary.
The Patella Helix provides focused support and stabilisation for the patella and the patellar tendon.This compression support is ideal for athletes diagnosed with Runner’s Knee, Jumper’s Knee, patellar tendonitis and patellar instability. Tracking refers to the correct positioning of the patella in a central location and several conditions can be associated with incorrect tracking such that the patella moves side to side. The Patella Helix improves correct patellar tracking. The photo demonstrates the correct placement for these benefits.
The Knee Helix provides slightly less support for the patella tendon than the Patella Helix but provides more support for the lateral and medial ligaments. The Knee Helix provides less support for the distal thigh muscles and proximal leg muscles when compared to the Full Knee Helix. The Knee Helix is excellent for minor knee injuries in associated with Runner’s and Jumper’s Knee, strains of the medial and lateral ligaments, Osgood Schlatter’s Syndrome and minor arthritic conditions of the knee.
Please remember severe or prolonged knee pain can indicate a significant injury for which a medical evaluation is recommended. Although our knee compression wraps may reduce pain caused by injury or arthritis, we do not advise using it to mask symptoms that would indicate treatment other than support or compression is beneficial.