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Old 08-16-14, 12:48 PM
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Knee Braces

Hi guys, can anyone recommend a knee brace for patellofemoral syndrome? There is a little bit of a pop every stroke of the pedal from my left knee, and it turns into a sharper pain as I ride. Went to the doctor & physical therapy a couple years ago and it didn't do much but I didn't take it that seriously either. My left kneecap is shifted to the left(most likely due to muscle imbalance) so it doesn't track well as it is supposed to in it's groove. I have not ridden a bicycle for 2 years.
Can anyone recommend a knee brace for me? I really want to get back on a bicycle one day and a brace is at least one step of recovery as is going back to the doctor and taking the exercises more seriously. Anyone know the exercises too??

I rode mtb a lot and bought a road bike during the onset of my injury. The road bike is really fun and I want to get back at it!
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Talk to a physical the****** and see if there's a way to tape it. I had to tape (using McConnell tape) my right patella over this summer because of imbalances from knee injuries sustained while being mowed down by a car. I can't imagine a brace small enough to not knock the top tube (had a couple of those too this year) and to not chafe away parts of the leg while cycling.
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Sounds like there's a real problem in there. A brace will only manage the symptoms, if that.
You need to bite the bullet and have the problem resolved.
FWIW, I've had an ACL rebuild.
You need to fix the problem.

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Not long ago, I was recovering from a knee sprain (minor compared to what you are dealing with), tried using a couple different wraps and braces, and found they were much more of a hindrance than a help, creating a great deal of discomfort. I hope you're able to find something that helps your situation though.
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I have to wear patellar tension straps to ride or I have a lot of pain. Still do if I try to hammer it too hard, even with them on. Just google patellar tension straps. Think I got mine on Amazon for less than $20. Made by McDavid, I think.
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