Treatment for Patellofemoral Dysfunction

Treatments for Patellofemoral Dysfunction fall into two main categories, surgical and non-surgical. The surgical procedures are costly, require lengthy rehabilitation and results are less than optimal. For these reasons, surgical procedures are normally used only as a last resort. Non-surgical treatments are preferred whenever possible.

Until recently, common non-surgical approaches using standard neoprene knee braces and taping methods have been practiced. However, these attempts have been met with many challenges. Research has proven that standard bracing methods only provide lateral support. In some cases these braces will further aggravate a persons knee problem. The taping methods may provide temporary pain relief. However, once again, research has proven that taping is ineffective as a long-term solution for PFD. Other disadvantages of the tape include: difficult application, skin irritation and decreased range of motion.

The most effective, affordable and patient compliant non-surgical method for treating patellofemoral dysfunction is the OnTrackĀ® system. This treatment method is used to correct all of the patellofemoral malalignments while having none of the disadvantages that accompany standard bracing and taping techniques. It is easy to use, comfortable, insurance reimbursable and can be used for all sports and activities.

The OnTrack® system was pioneered by Kate Grace, a Physical Therapist and Certified Orthopedic Physician Assistant with a 30 year history of patellofemoral problems. After researching the problem for over seventeen years she and her associate, Annie M. Fonte developed the OnTrack System. Outcomes of the effectiveness of the treatment method are supported by patient clinical trials, radiographic views and MRI research studies.

Left knee with no brace

Left knee with no brace

Left knee with lateral buttress brace

Left knee with lateral buttress brace

Left knee with the OnTrack® System

Left knee with the OnTrack® System

Note that 9' of tilt as well as 1 cm of glide has been corrected immediately with application of the OnTrack® System

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