Pain due to patella subluxation or patella maltracking is common, especially in young or middle age women.  It can occur in men too, but not nearly as often as we see it in their female counterparts.

One of the options for patella related pain is a patella brace, or a knee sleeve with added components to assist in stabilizing your patella or kneecap.

Both patella bracing and taping can help alleviate or minimize patella pain.

Top Patella Braces.

The Bauerfeind line of knee compression sleeves have silicone inserts along the patella to give your patella more support during certain activities.  In this category, Bauerfeind has two sleeves which might be right for you.

The Bauerfeind Knee Support  is a compression sleeve with added patella inserts.

The Bauerfeind GenuTrain P3  is Bauerfeind’s top of the line patella compression sleeve.

The Pro-tec line has a strap that enables you to try and pull the patella over into a more normal position.

For those of you with a ‘jumpers knee” or patella tendonitis, a simple patella tendon strap might work well.

One of the more common methods of managing patella pain is also taping. Once instructed on proper positioning, many patients can be found with these colorful KT strips, and these patients often feel better when the tape is properly applied.

KT Tape comes in pre-cut strips and can be purchased here .  You should be taught be a properly trained individual on how to use the tape appropriately.


Please read our disclaimer .

Proper diagnosis is everything.  If concerned, discuss the need for a strap, tape or brace with your doctor, athletic trainer, or physical therapist.

Disclaimer:  this information is for your education and should not be considered medical advice regarding diagnosis or treatment recommendations. Some links on this page may be affiliate links. Read the full disclaimer.

About the author:

Howard J. Luks, MD

Howard J. Luks, MD

A Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Hawthorne, NY. Dr. Howard Luks specializes in the treatment of the shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle. He has a very "social" patient centric approach and believes that the more you understand about your issue, the more informed your decisions will be. Ultimately your treatments and his recommendations will be based on proper communications, proper understanding, and shared decision-making principles – all geared to improve your quality of life.