A patellar brace is a knee brace designed to stabilise or protect the kneecap.

The common brace for patellar (kneecap) instability is the 'do-nut' type, with a cut-out for the patella, and firm support to either side. There are also 'strap' braces which go around the top of the shin over the patellar tendon - for patellar tendinitis.

patellar donut brace do-nut patellar brace Cho Pat strap
Neoprene Knee Support with Stabilised Patella - For general knee support and mild patellar instability  FormFit Knee Brace with Hinged lateral J - For more serious patellar instability   Cho Pat strap - for painful tendinitis of the patellar tendon under the kneecap
Synonyms: 
do-nut brace
patellar tendon strap
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An overview by Dr Lars Blond.

The unstable patella - congenital or acquired?

Instability in the patella means that it jumps to the edge or out of the normal track in the femur in which it lies.

Easy-to-read interpretation of a 2012 medical article on primary traumatic patellar dislocation.

Braces for the patella

Patellar braces attempt to stabilise the patella from moving from its central position.

Non-operative treatment for patellofemoral pain

Part 7 of a course on Patellofemoral Pain by Dr Ronald Grelsamer of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

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For a wide range of knee braces and soft tissue supports, see:

In UK:

Orthotics for Hard and Soft Tissue Injuries. Ossur.

Performance Bracing for Sports Enthusiasts from CTi

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Factors contributing to an Unstable Patella - ebook