Anatomy of the Knee
Knee Muscles, Tendons & Bones
Back View of Muscles, Tendons & Bones
Iliotibial Band Syndrome
Avoid any activities that you think could have contributed to your Patellar Tendonitis. Rest your affected knee as much as you can. You may want to consider using crutches in order to avoid re-injury. Use our ColdCure® Knee Wrap to relieve your pain and swelling. Use our BFST® Knee Wrap to stimulate blood flow in your Patellar Tendon and speed up the healing process.
Start with ColdCure® treatments first to alleviate the pain and swelling in your knee. Keep doing ColdCure® treatments until your swelling and inflammation have subsided, then start doing BFST® treatments. The BFST® Wrap works to bring high quality blood flow to your injured tissues, creating an ideal environment for healing.
Surgery should only be considered in extreme cases, such as if you have a full Patellar Tendon tear. If you require surgery to repair your Patellar Tendon, our ColdCure® and BFST® Knee Wraps are ideal for post-surgery recovery.
You don't have to wait for endless months in pain. You can heal much more quickly with the right treatment. For an injured Patellar Tendon, blood flow is the most critical element in rapid recovery. Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy (BFST®) gives your Patellar Tendon the blood flow it needs to heal quickly and completely.
Enhanced blood flow brings oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the injured area - a requirement for the body to heal itself. Unfortunately, an injured Patellar Tendon at rest often has restricted blood flow, which in turn limits the body's ability to heal. Physical activity will promote blood flow but all too often it also results in small but frequent re-injury, which extends your healing time and greatly increases the amount of scar tissue that develops. With a King Brand® BFST® Knee Wrap, blood flow can be stimulated in your injured Patellar Tendon while you are at rest. With improved blood flow and without physical activity and the risk of re-injury, you can recover from your Patellar Tendonitis at a surprisingly rapid rate.
Professional athletes are the best example of how quickly people can really recover from Patellar Tendonitis. When a professional athlete injures their Patellar Tendon, they have explicit instructions to stay off their injured knee - no physical activity, no weight on the leg, crutches - they are ordered to rest the knee completely. Injured professional athletes are also attended to by professional athletic therapists. These pro therapists have always been assigned to the athlete to ensure they supplement the healing process, to stimulate blood flow many times each day. Regular BFST® treatments are a standard part of that therapy because the more we promote blood flow, the faster we will heal. That's why professional athletes are back in the game in days while regular patients with the same injuries often take weeks or even months to heal. With the addition of BFST®, pro athletes and others who use it are recovering from their Patellar Tendonitis faster than ever.
Painkillers mask the pain. Without fail this causes people to over stress and re-injure their Patellar Tendon. While they temporarily relieve pain, in the long run painkillers only make things worse. It is understandable that people need relief from the pain, so if you have to take painkillers, try to restrict them to times when you are off your feet. You can use painkillers to help you sleep. Using them when you are active is a recipe for permanent damage.
The best method for controlling pain is a ColdCure® Knee Wrap from King Brand®. ColdCure® Wraps are specifically designed to treat the pain associated with Patellar Tendonitis. They do a superior job of relieving pain and swelling. This innovative wrap is incredibly soothing and protects your Patellar Tendon from further injury. The pain killing element is actually incredibly powerful and it works instantly - there's no 20 minute wait like with pills.
Patellar Tendonitis can be extremely painful and debilitating. NSAIDs such as ASA, acetaminophen or ibuprofen are often used to treat the pain but these drugs do nothing to treat the actual condition. In fact, NSAIDs are known blood thinners and make the bleeding worse for fresh tissue injuries. Typical pain medications actually interfere with the healing process. Cortisone injections are used in extreme cases but these too are intended to address the pain. They do not promote healing of the injury and they put you at a very high risk of further injury.
When you entered our site, a Knee ColdCure® and Knee BFST® medical device were automatically put into your shopping cart. What's in your cart now are the two things you need to stop the pain and speed the healing of your Patellar Tendonitis. You may go to the checkout at any time or please continue to learn more about treating Patellar Tendonitis by exploring our site. You can also find products to treat other injuries and ailments in our shop.
BFST® Wraps are FDA Registered Class II medical devices. Class II medical devices are serious medical devices with very high standards of quality, safety and performance. Class II medical devices have hundreds of pages of regulations and standards to keep you safe and ensure effective treatments. This is a medical device, not a 'consumer good', but it is available to the public to buy and use at home.
The Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy (BFST®) Wrap is designed to promote blood flow in injured tissue below the dermal (fat and skin) layer. Utilizing our patented Energy Web®, specially controlled EMR energy envelops the entire knee area and stimulates blood flow in the soft tissue deep beneath the skin. The resulting blood flow brings oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the patellar tendon and surrounding tissue, accelerating the healing process.
BFST® Wraps have 3 different power settings, so you can continue to increase the power of your treatments as your Patellar Tendon heals. During your first treatment, your patella area will feel quite warm. This is because at first, your circulation is poor. The more treatments you do, the less warming sensation you will feel. This is good. As the warmth lessens from treatment to treatment, this is an indication that the circulation in your Patellar Tendon is improving. Better circulation means blood flow all the time, not just during treatments. This is the goal. When you feel very little warmth during a treatment, it is time to move up to the next power level. Don't rush it though, more heat doesn't mean better treatment. In fact, less heat means better treatment, so take your time moving up in levels.
This is not a heating pad. Heating pads have very little therapeutic value since they only heat the surface of the skin. Heating the surface of the skin does nothing to heal the damaged tissue below the dermal layer. BFST® penetrates deep below the skin to stimulate blood flow in the area of injury, creating an ideal environment for healing. The difference is significant.
The Energy Web® of the BFST® Knee device is enclosed in a soft, comfortable neoprene wrap. The wrap shapes the Energy Web® to mold up and around the complex form of the knee to ensure that there is an even distribution of energy over the entire Patellar Tendon area. The wrap is opened and closed using attached Velcro® straps that guarantee a perfect fit. After treatment, the wrap does not need to be removed. The straps can be further tightened to provide snug support and protection for your Patellar Tendon. The device easily disconnects at the wrap from the power supply and controller so you are free to move around your home when not receiving treatements, while still wearing the wrap for support and comfort.
Keep doing BFST® treatments even after you think you've healed. The healing process takes much longer than most people realize. Even after you "feel better" your Patellar Tendon may only be 30% or 40% healed. If you want your Patellar Tendon to heal completely, you need to continue doing BFST® treatments for months after you've healed. This will maintain the healing you've done and prevent against re-injury. Do a BFST® treatment before you do any physical activity. This will act as a warm up for your circulatory system and help prevent further injury.
The King Brand® ColdCure® Wrap is an FDA Registered Class I medical device. This medical grade cold compression wrap is designed for home use. Cold and compression applied to a knee with Patellar Tendonitis immediately reduces the risk of further damage from excessive swelling. Doctors and Therapists agree that controlling swelling is a fundamental part of reducing long term permanent damage resulting from soft tissue injuries. The ColdCure® Wrap exceeds all government and health agency regulatory requirements for cold therapy specifically for use in treating soft tissue injuries.
Most people think that RICE - Rest, Ice, Compression & Elevation - is the formula to follow when treating a soft tissue injury. The truth is that temperatures below freezing can be too cold to effectively relieve pain and swelling. And these temperatures can also be dangerous. Ice (and other freezer based substitutes such as the blue ice pack) can actually freeze your skin and numb your nerves, causing 'cold burns' and even permanent damage to your underlying tissue. The proper solution is RCCE® - Rest, Cold, Compression & Elevation. We don't want to apply ice - we want to apply cold that is just above freezing. Yes, you want cold - and lots of it - but not so cold that it is below the freezing point of water.
While we recommend that you start by using them at refrigerator temperatures, you can store the XC® gel packs in the freezer and use them as freezer packs. Even at the coldest freezer temperatures they retain all their flexibility and firmness. In terms of flex and form they feel exactly the same at room temperature as they do from the freezer.
Each ColdCure® Knee Wrap comes with 3 gel packs that contain 10x more gel than other packs, for maximum coverage of your patella. When stored in the freezer, our XC® gel packs have 3x more cooling power per lb than standard gel packs. This means they stay cold longer so you won't have to swap the gels as often. Longer treatment times and more cold power means better control of swelling and less handling of your patella. This all results in an overall colder and more effective treatment.
The ColdCure® Knee gel pack is inserted inside a soft, comfortable neoprene wrap. The gel pack is specifically designed to treat the patella area. We do not use one common gel pack in all our wraps. Each body part deserves a custom designed pack if it's going to work the best. No other wrap in the world has specially designed cold packs for each and every part of the body. The wrap molds the cold pack up and around your knee to ensure that there is an even distribution of cooling power over the patella. This product has in every way been designed to be 100% a Patellar Tendonitis treatment device.
Gel packs are notorious for having hot and cold spots. Our XC RigiGel® formula helps to distribute the cold energy evenly throughout the gel pack. When cold pressure is applied to a knee with Patellar Tendonitis, the gel starts to warm up in that specific spot faster than the rest of the pack. The cold energy in our gel packs is transferred from the cold spots to the warm spots much more effectively. This is a valuable improvement as your hot, swollen injury will receive the cooling power of the entire gel pack. The temperature balancing power of this gel formula is unmatched.
The gel packs has 2 different coloured sides: a white side and a gold side. Both sides will give you all the same benefits that our high performance XC RigiGel® has to offer. The gel pack can be inserted inside the wrap with the white side facing towards your patella or away from your patella since the gel pack is not side specific.