What is the role of bracing in the prevention of patellofemoral syndrome (PFS)?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Noel F So, MD, FAAPMR; Chief Editor: Consuelo T Lorenzo, MD  more...
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Prevention of patellofemoral syndrome (PFS) is accomplished by following exercise recommendations and making changes in activity, as described in previous sections. In female athletes, decreased hamstring-to-quadriceps strength ratios have been associated with an increased prevalence of overuse injuries, suggesting that maintaining adequate hamstring strength may act as a preventative strategy. Braces have been tried on asymptomatic subjects undergoing rigorous basic military training, with a subsequent decrease in the incidence of PFS compared with the subject population that did not use the braces.

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