Ossur FX Patella Stabilizer - FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Ossur FX Frequently asked questions

Some of these questions may be similar to questions you might have. Use these answers as a guide, but always ensure you get a medical diaganosis before assuming your condition and a treatment.

Q. My Doctor says I have Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS). Will a FX help?

A. According to scientific study, the FX is an extremely effective treatment for PFPS. PFPS can be most simply describes as pain behind the kneecap. Symptoms include diffuse knee pain, and are most prevalent when walking, running or sitting for an extended period of time. It is more pronounced when walking downhill or down stairs. The condition may present with or without cartilage damage.

Q. I play volleyball and the jumping is really hurting my right knee. What should I do?

A. Consult a physician to see if you may have what's commonly known as 'Jumper's Knee' or Patellar Tendinopathy. It is often misdiagnosed for other conditions that cause pain in front of the knee. Typically, patellar tendinopathy involves knee pain and tenderness at the bottom of the kneecap. The pain usually starts at the beginning of activity, then settles down after warm-up, and returns immediately after activity or even the next day. Ballistic activities such as basketball, volleyball, or other jumping activities are usually predisposing factors.

Q. I've been told to wear a knee brace for my Chondromalacia. Why?

A. Chondromalacia Patellae involves a gradual softening of the cartilage under the kneecap. Disease onset can be caused by improper tracking of the kneecap, so a knee brace may help the patella to track through a full range of motion. The FX has a stable buttress system designed to do that and it is proven to work. Because the pain increases over time, and may be intensifies with activities such as running, squatting or jumping, the FX may be worn during activity to reduce those affects.

Q. My son is a 14 year old skateboarder and has never had a knee injury. He complains of a constant tenderness below his knee. Should he wear a knee brace?

A. Well, it could be a few things, so you need to consult a physician. If it is found that the pain stems from the insertion site of the quadriceps (thigh muscles), he may be diagnosed with Osgood-Schlatter disease. It is a common source of knee pain in adolescence, occurring more frequently in males than females. The condition develops when excessive use of the quadriceps causes irritation at the muscle's insertion on the developing bone of the tibia (shin bone). A knee brace such as the FX may be used as a safe and effective tool to reduce that pain.

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