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Which One Should You Choose?

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Thomas Parker, MD
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Selection of the correct Helix will maximize the benefits of compression

full_knee_plum thumbThe Full Knee Helix is the preferred Helix if you have suffered any major knee trauma or have had knee surgery of any type, (arthroscopic of open surgical procedure).  The Full Knee Helix provides comfortable and uniform compression to the entire knee.  So if there has been injury to any of the ligaments, menisci or tendons, all will be supported. There is also support for the distal thigh and proximal leg muscles and tendons.  Patients with degenerative or osteoarthritis of the knee report benefit not only from the compression, but also from the comfort of warmth.  Athletes of every age, sport and skill level wear the Full Knee Helix. The Full Knee Helix is not advised while playing sand volleyball. 

201605Adjustable-knee-sleeve-blackThe Adjustable Knee Helix has recently become available and offers the benefit of ease of placement when compared to the Full Knee Helix (Open).  This Helix allows the adjustment of the tension applied.  Support for the femoral and patellar tendons and lateral ligaments is provided.  This Helix was developed at the request of a medical doctor who had reports of improved arthritis pain control with the use of the Full Knee Helix but the patients were unable to pull the Full Knee Helix into position because of weakness or arthritis. Athletes like the smaller Adjustable Knee Helix when support of the thigh and calf tendons is not necessary.

201410Compression-knee-bandage-blue-1.jpgThe Patella Helix provides focused support and stabilization for the patella and the patellar tendon.  This is ideal for athletes diagnosed with Runner’s Knee, Jumper’s Knee, patellar tendonitis and patellar instability.  Tracking refers to the correct positioning of the patella in a central location and several conditions can be associated with incorrect tracking such that the patella moves side to side.  The Patella Helix improves correct patellar tracking. These photos demonstrates correct placement for these benefits. 

201410Compression-knee-sleeve-silver.jpgThe Knee Helix provides slightly less support for the patella tendon than the Patella Helix but there is more support for the lateral and medial ligaments.  There is less support for the distal thigh muscles and proximal leg muscles when compared to the Full Knee Helix.  The Knee Helix is excellent for minor knee injuries in association with Runner’s and Jumper’s Knee, strains of the medial and lateral ligaments, Osgood Schlatter’s Syndrome and minor arthritic conditions.

Please remember severe or prolonged pain can signify significant injury for which medical evaluation is indicated.  Although our knee compression wraps may reduce pain caused by injury or arthritis, we don't want to mask symptoms that would indicate treatment other than support or compression is beneficial.

Thomas Parker, MD

Thomas Parker, MD

About the Author: Thomas E. Parker, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Body Helix, is a retired physician, with a practice specialty of Internal Medicine. He attended The Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine internship and residency at Duke University Medical Center. Parker received the distinction of “Top Doctor” in Charlotte Magazine in 2011, 2012, and 2014. In 2008, Parker became involved in Body Helix as a founding member and Chief Science Officer with the responsibility of overseeing product development, safety and guiding marketing materials to reflect scientifically accurate claims.

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