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Best Knee Brace for Patellar Tracking

Knee Cap Instability and Subluxation Treatment

An unstable knee cap can be challenging. You might ask yourself with every step - will it happen again? Knee cap tracking disorders and subluxations can usually be treated conservatively. In most cases, home remedies can help reduce pain, stabilize the knee and train surrounding muscles. This article tells you more about how to treat knee cap instabilities, knee support recommendations and what to do to prevent reoccurrence.

GenuTrain P3
Centers and secures the kneecap, activates the muscles and accelerates the healing process.

P3 stands for “permanent patella protection” - because the GenuTrain P3 reliably guides the patella during movement. The kneecap is centered using a specially shaped Omega pad, providing massage to the vastus medialis muscle and pain-relieving compression massage on Hoffa’s fat pad below the patella. The kneecap is covered to counteract tilting while the adjustable corrective strap helps protect it from drifting sideways. A second wedge-shaped massage pad at the upper outside edge of the brace eases the pressure on the tendons connected to the kneecap, minimizing the outward pull. This combination provides relief and support for the kneecap during its natural movement. Bauerfeind's medical-grade compression knit and massage pads relieve pain during movement, help reduce swelling and activate the muscles that stabilize the joint.

  1. Muscle-relaxing Pad reduces sideways pulling of the kneecap to further reduce pain and relax the muscles with soothing massage
  2. Corrective Guide stops your kneecap from drifting outward to relieve discomfort and help healing
  3. Patella Cover counteracts the tilting of the patella
  4. Omega Pad with Wing centers the knee cap, captures and redistributes pressure to protect against overloading; pad wing massages the vastus mediales muscle to relief pain
  5. Hoffa Pads stimulate the infrapatellar fat pad to promote the body‘s natural healing mechanism
  6. Compression Knit stabilizes and massages the knee joint during movement and is lightweight, breathable and moisture-wicking for maximum comfort

Treatment options for an unstable knee cap

The knee joint combines the thigh with the calf through a group of muscles and ligaments. While moving, the knee cap glides in a groove up and down the thigh bone.

Patellar tracking or subluxation occurs when the knee cap does not move properly in its grove. This can be due to anatomical malformation such as high-riding patella, muscular imbalances or injuries. Most injuries move the knee cap to the side. This can also cause ligaments to stretch or even tear.

Mild patellar tracking disorders and subluxations usually heal within 6-8 weeks. After an initial period of RICE Therapy (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), a knee brace or support like the Bauerfeind GenuTrain P3 can help to ease pain, counteract drifting and reduce excessive strain on the knee cap. Depending on the cause of your patellar tracking disorder, your doctor may also prescribe crutches to relieve your knee from your weight for a while and physical therapy to evenly strengthen your knee muscles. Insoles can help balance your feet and further reduce stress on your knee.


If you have medial or lateral issues with your knee, this brace will definitely help. It‘s pretty lightweight compared to others I own and that allows me to still workout using it. (...) Using this as a daily active knee brace has been the best for me so far.

GenuTrain P3 Customer Review from: Brennan

Comfort Image

Made for every-day use

Extra breathable, moisture-wicking knit material

Adjustable Image

Improves Confidence

Stabilize the knee and secures the kneecap


Lightweight, low profile design, can be worn under pants

How to prevent Patellar Tracking from reoccurring

Stretch and strengthen the muscles around your knee to stabilize and keep excessive strain off the joint. Inner and outer thighs, as well as quads, need extra attention. All muscles have to work together evenly. Wear the GenuTrain P3 knee support to help center your knee cap, ease pressure and relax muscles. Together with your healthcare providers, you can develop a workout routine that works for you.

  • Wear the GenuTrain P3 knee support – for better proprioception, to stabilize and massage your knee joint while being active
  • Strengthen the muscles around your knee to ease pressure and stabilize the knee joint
  • Increase activity gradually
  • Wear protective gear while doing sports
  • Maintain a healthy weight – to keep the stress on your joints low

This information is provided for general information purposes and should not be relied on as a substitute for medical advice, evaluation or care from a qualified and licensed health care provider. The information contained here is not to be considered a plan of care of physical therapy.