Bracing System Developed by Physical Therapist Helps Treat Knee Condition
ALEXANDRIA, VA, October 9, 2008 – The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has endorsed the OnTrackÂ® system, a four-part knee bracing system developed by a physical therapist to assist in the treatment of patellofemoral dysfunction.
Patellofemoral Dysfunction or PFD may be caused by a malaligned kneecap and insufficient muscle strength, among other causes. The OnTrackÂ® bracing system eliminates pain under and around the kneecap, repositions the kneecap, and allows an individual to retrain and strengthen the quadriceps muscles. The OnTrackÂ® system was designed by APTA member Kate J Grace, PT, who herself has patellofemoral dysfunction.
"For a patient with PFD, the kneecap must be realigned in a pain free condition and strengthening exercises must be started. The product developed by Ms Grace is easy to apply and well constructed and designed for this purpose," said APTA President R Scott Ward, PT, PhD.
Appropriate, comprehensive physical therapy for patellofemoral dysfunction involves the use of modalities, manual therapy, and most importantly functional and therapeutic exercises. A sound functional home exercise program is key to preventing recurring problems.
APTA endorsement applies solely to the OnTrackÂ® system product (neoprene cuff and strap, tape patches, and VMO activator). APTA does not endorse any protocols for therapeutic exercise that may be associated with this brace as responses to protocols can vary among patients/clients. This product should be used under the evaluation and direction of a physical therapist.
Physical therapists are health care professionals who diagnose and manage individuals of all ages, from newborns to elders, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. Physical therapists examine each individual and develop a plan of care using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Physical therapists also work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.
APTA (www.apta.org) is a national organization representing physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students nationwide. Its goal is to foster advancements in physical therapist education, practice, and research. Consumers can visit www.findapt.us to find a physical therapist in their area, as well as www.moveforwardpt.com for physical therapy news and information.