CMB Reply to on 28 December 2015
|Having suffered two years of "jumper's knee" due to over-enthusiastic kung-fu (especially considering I'm overweight) I though I'd give my experience. Note that this device is particularly for "jumper's knee" - quite different from "runner's knee". If your knee pain is due to heavy landing and twisting (I'm 95kg, 15st), as in martial arts, this may be the device you need.
First I got the Neo G MEDICAL GRADE ADVANCED HINGED OPEN PATELLA KNEE BRACE/SUPPORT (Neo G MEDICAL GRADE ADVANCED HINGED OPEN PATELLA KNEE BRACE/SUPPORT 'breathable design') - this gives excellent support, but is really for extreme cases, when you hardly want to move the knee. You can walk in it, but not run, let alone perform martial arts. It's good for initial recovery when in serious pain, and you just want to be able to hobble around. You should of course, seek medical advice.
I didn''t really need that much support (it's like swaddling the knee), and later found the Mueller 59857 Max Knee Strap (Mueller 59857 Max Knee Strap - OSFM, Black) - this is the one my knee recovered mostly in. I only wore it for active martial arts, not indoors or walking to the shops etc. It gave excellent support and yet gave flexibility. Highly recommended. The Mueller is actually more for runners' knee rather than jumper's knee.
My knee is almost better now, but from time to time I still need some support, and the Mueller above seems a bit too much - it doesn't give 100% flexibility, so is limiting movement in martial arts. Then I came across this one. From the photos, I wondered whether it would give any support at all, but considering the other reviews, I thought I'd give it a try. It was a revelation! Support in exactly the right place, without limiting movement at all! Really amazed. I now suspect I would have done better starting with this one.
It has a large gel pad below the dip which is placed just under the patella of the knee. This gel pad doesn't appear in the photos, which is odd, as is key to its effectiveness. The strap loops back through a buckle and should be pretty tight. Even then, I found it to be very comfortable and quickly forgot it was there. Found myself able to run up the subway stairs two at a time again, a major achievement.
As with all such devices, do take medical advice, and don't wear when you don't need it. In my case, I wore it to martial-arts classes and when commuting only, not when at home or in the office. The idea is to give support to prevent making it worse, and to allow exercise that strengthens the muscles. In between, take the support off, to allow natural recovery and to prevent becoming dependent upon it.