The use of knee braces on pain and function in patients with knee osteoarthritis and patellofemoral pain syndrome: a scoping review




Pain;; Physical Therapy Modalities; ; Osteoarthritis Knee; Patellofemoral pain syndrome.


At disorders orthopedic and/or rheumatologic disorders frequently affect the knee, with osteoarthritis (OA) and patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) being the most common among these disorders and are the main reasons for seeking medical and physical therapy services. To check the benefits of using a knee brace on pain and knee function in individuals with Knee OA and PFPS. Scope review prepared according to JBI methodology. Were considered studies involving patients with knee OA and SDPF, without restriction of sex and race, aged ≥ 18 years old, who used the knee brace as therapeutic intervention, regardless of the type of knee brace, with the pain outcomes and function or functionality, which were published in English, Portuguese and Spanish, with publication date from July 2001 to June 2021. Searches for published studies and gray literature were conducted in PubMed, BVS, SciELO, PEDro, Catálogo de Teses e Dissertações da CAPES, Sumá and BDTD. Study selection and critical appraisal (using the PEDro scale) were performed by two independent reviewers. Were six studies were included, with a total of 337 patients. The studies adjusted the use of the knee brace between 2 or up to 12 hours of use without a break, for 3 to 12 weeks. Using a knee brace has benefits in individuals with knee osteoarthritis and patellofemoral pain syndrome, promoting pain relief and improvement in knee function. It is advisable to use elastic (and/or articulated), adjustable knee pads, with patellar reinforcement.


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OLIVEIRA, A. C. de .; BRAGA, J. A. da C. .; SILVA, N. M. da .; PRAIA, V. A. .; SOUZA, C. J. S. de .; MORAES, W. B. .; SILVA, T. S. da . The use of knee braces on pain and function in patients with knee osteoarthritis and patellofemoral pain syndrome: a scoping review. Research, Society and Development, [S. l.], v. 10, n. 14, p. e190101421700, 2021. DOI: 10.33448/rsd-v10i14.21700. Disponível em: Acesso em: 27 feb. 2024.



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