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DonJoy Cartilage Knee Sleeve Brace

Provides compression and stability for meniscus tear, swelling, bursitis, and minor ACL tears.

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For joint support after arthroscopic surgery, a built-in inverted horseshoe foam pad provides anterior knee compression.


Arthroscopic surgery is performed for a number of reasons, such as

  • Removing bone or cartilage from the knee space (this can lead to knee pain relief!)
  • Removing or repairing torn ligaments, acl tears, and meniscus tears
  • Removing inflamed joint lining, and
  • Draining fluid for knee swelling and bursitis

After the surgery, you'll need protective support - that's the whole purpose of the Cartilage Knee Sleeve.


Features

  • Inverted horseshoe foam compression pad
  • Medial/lateral spiral stays for additional stability
  • Heavy knit cotton elastic sleeve

Shop our complete selection of knee sleeves or browse additional DonJoy products.



Take the measurement of your thigh and calf 6" above and below your kneecap using a flexible type tape measure.  Use the diameter you measure here to choose your size.


Note: This product runs small. If you measure between sizes we recommend going up one size for optimum comfort and fit


    Size Thigh Knee Center Calf
    XS 13" - 15 1/2" 12"-13" 10"-12"
    S 15 1/2" - 18 1/2" 13"-14" 12"-14"
    M 18 1/2"- 21" 14"-15" 14"-16"
    L 21"- 23 1/2" 15"-17" 16"-18"
    XL 23 1/2" - 26 1/2" 17"-19" 18"-20"
    XXL 26 1/2" - 29 1/2" 19"-21" 20"-22"


    Center Knee 1.Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart, legs slightly bent and leg muscles contracted.
    6 in Above 2. Measure up six inches from the center of your knee with a tape measure, as shown.
    Thig Circle 3. Measure the circumference of your thigh at the 6-inch mark, as shown.
    6 in below 4. Measure down six inches from the center of your knee with a tape measure, as shown. Then measure the circumference of your calf at the 6-inch mark.

     

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DonJoy Cartilage Knee Sleeve Brace reviews

Marcia
Just wanted to drop you a note to express my pleasure with your product. The sleeved knee brace is the best brace I have ever encountred. - Marcia
kim
Good brace - kim
z71usa
I've been using this exact brace for more than 5yrs. I'm on my 3rd one now. I've had a total of 4 knee surgeries on my left knee and this brace has helped me in so many different ways. If you have knee instability due to injury or just pain get this brace it will help you feel more stable and allow you to do more with less pain. My only complaint is that the pad on the knee cap can sometimes stick out when you are wearing this brace under pants. - z71usa
Professional Retail Rotator
I needed knee pads to protect my knees. I called DonJoy support and this is what was recommended to me to use. I spend 5 to 6 hours a day out of 9 hours going up and down on my knees rotating food at grocery stores. Knee pain from hard floors was terrible. The padded knee sleeves have been a miracle in saving my knees and pain is gone. I removed the 4 metal side supports from each sleeve, I was not needing knee support. I've been using this pair for about 10 months now. They wash well in a laundry bag in the washing machine and drying them in a dryer. In cool weather I wash every 2 to 3 weeks and in warm weather every week. Under slacks and capris no one knows I'm wearing them. There is a slight outline if you wear tighter pants and obvious if you wear with shorts. It did take a few weeks to get halfway use to wearing them 5 days a week. Got use to them much faster when I forgot one day and felt the pain of those hard floors pressing on my knees. That's when I truly learned padded knee sleeves was working. I have never forgot them again and realized it was a worst nuisance not wearing them. I highly recommend you call DonJoy to ask them if this is the right knee pad sleeve for you if needing protection if on your knees working a lot. I'm wearing the XXL, I wish this item came in a XXXL. Being I not looking for leg compression it would be nice to wear the next size up. This might be something may want to talk with DonJoy experts about. - Professional Retail Rotator
Nish
I have had knee pain for years and finally went to an orthopedic doctor today. He checked me out, did some x rays, ordered physical therapy and gave me a sleeve for the knee that hurts the most. Told me to use it when active, feel pain and feel I need support. Well, I tried it on and walked out of the office with it on. I ran errands and cleaned. It is amazing. I have never felt support like that and my knee feels GREAT! - Nish

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  • From Nan at 3/30/10 12:35 PM
    • Is this a removable horseshoe pad and is this sleeve made of Neoprene?
    • The padding around the knee cap is made of foam on the DonJoy Cartilage Knee Brace. Foam does a nice job of padding the area around the patella and keeping the knee cap stable.
  • From Stephanie at 4/19/10 7:11 PM
    • I am looking for a brace to help with support for sports activities after a knee cap fracture 5 months ago. I like that this has some padding around the patella, but will it provide the support I need for my slightly unstable knee?
    • We would recommend the DonJoy Performer Patella Knee Support
      http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-performer-patella-knee-support

      This brace is ideal for knee instabilities and will provide ligament and patella support during activities.
  • From George at 6/13/10 2:45 PM
    • Can this product be used while swimming laps in a pool at a moderate pace?
    • For water activities we suggest using a brace constructed with the neoprene material. The DonJoy Performer Knee Support would be a better option. See the link below for product information:

      http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-performer-knee-support
  • From Melissa at 12/5/10 5:54 PM
    • Hi, I broke my knee cap in October and have been in a knee Immobilizer ever since. I recently found out that I have a torn meniscus. My doctor told me not to bend my knee. Will this brace be good for me? If not what would you suggest? I've lost so much muscle mass I'm my leg, my current immobilier doesn't fit anymore.
    • Hello Melissa,

      Our current line of immobilizers can be found here:

      http://www.betterbraces.com/knee-braces?cat=212
  • From Jeanne at 1/16/11 2:48 PM
    • I have a torn medial meniscus with osteoarthritis (not much cartilege left) and a sprained mcl. Is this a good product for me? Thanks.
    • It will give you some compression to keep swelling which will help with taking the edge off your pain, but to help support the knee and take stress off the cartilage and the knee joint you would need a rigid frame brace with hinges.

      Rigid Braces:
      http://www.betterbraces.com/knee-braces?cat=206
  • From norm at 2/8/11 6:52 PM
    • I have a miniscus teat that is really acting up (pain). Will this brace allow me to run after the pain subsides. Also, will it help with alleviating the knee pain.
    • The cartilage knee sleeve will provide compression for the knee joint making daily activities more comfortable for you. But it will not take stress off the cartilage, especially when running. You would need an unloading brace to take stress off the cartilage while being active. Braces to look at are the OA Adjuster or OA Lite.

      DonJoy OAdjuster Osteoarthritis Knee Brace
      http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-oadjuster-osteoarthritis-knee-brace-27

      DonJoy OA Lite Osteoarthritis Knee Brace
      http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-oa-lite-osteoarthritis-knee-brace-27
  • From TIM at 2/19/11 5:17 PM
    • What is it made of
    • Heavy knit cotton elastic sleeve.
  • From Kelley at 2/24/11 11:23 AM
    • I had a lateral release and surgery for my chondromalacia performed on each of my knees 5 years ago. Both knees were significally better for a few years but have really begun to hurt consistenly worse over the past couple of years. I know for sure that the chondromalacia is back b/c of the horrible "rice kirispy" sounds my knees make when bending and straightening. I have recently begun a bootcamp fitness class and am REALLY struggling with my knees. They seem increasingly unstable and are painful with certain exercises, exactly as before the surgeries. Would this knee brace help me at all? THANKS!
    • Yes, the Cartilage Knee Sleeve is going to give your knee support and cushion from the sleeve, foam pad and medial and lateral stays, while being more active. It will not take the pain away completely, but it will allow you to be more active and feel supported.
  • From Kelley at 2/28/11 12:10 PM
    • I had a lateral release and surgery for my chondromalacia performed on each of my knees 5 years ago. Both knees were significally better for a few years but have really begun to hurt consistenly worse over the past couple of years. I know for sure that the chondromalacia is back b/c of the horrible "rice kirispy" sounds my knees make when bending and straightening. I have recently begun a bootcamp fitness class and am REALLY struggling with my knees. They seem increasingly unstable and are painful with certain exercises, exactly as before the surgeries. Would this knee brace help me at all? THANKS!



    • Kelley,
      Thank you for taking the time to email us here at betterbraces.com. Depending on which way your patella is tracking we have various braces to offer you. The TruPull Lite is a great product to prevent your knee cap from tracking laterally. It also has hinges so it helps to keep your knee stable. We have other patellofemoral products as well like the adjustable patella donut if you are not sure which way your knee cap is tracking. Should you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to contact us again.
  • From Jeff at 3/23/11 12:50 PM
    • Will Medicare and Medicaid cover a knee sleeve?

    • We cannot answer this question. That is something you would need to ask Medicare and Medicaid directly. It is possible they would cover it if you met certain criteria.
  • From Glenn at 4/19/11 9:13 AM
    • Hi i would like to know which is the best support for me, i want to carry on playing soccer and have had my cartilage removed. had gel injected into knee but still painful. a rigid frame would be no good as i need movement in the knee.

      many thanks
      Glenn
    • Ideal one of our Osteo arthristis braces is going to be the best option for you. The Cartilage Knee Sleeve is going to provide you with some compression, but will not help to off load or take the pressure off your area of discomfort. I would recommend our OA lite brace. It is a semi-rigid brace, it will still be functional, but will be able to off load the side you had your meniscus removed on as well as give you some compression and support.
  • From mike at 5/1/11 10:04 PM
    • I am right in between in terms of sizes for this particular brace, my thigh measurement was 22" and my calf was 16". My question is whether or not the medium would be too tight or the large too loose?
    • Hey Mike,
      The Large will be the best size for your leg. The Medium would be too tight.

      Thanks
  • From Lisa at 5/5/11 2:21 PM
    • Is there any Neoprene in it.
    • No it's made of Cotton Elastic.
  • From Tsippora at 5/29/11 3:58 PM
    • Can you tell me the vertical length of the small knee brace - DonJoy Cartilage Knee Sleeve Brace
      thank you
    • They are 11 inches long.


      Thanks
  • From michael at 6/11/11 9:05 PM
    • I suffer from medial ligament/medial joint degenerative changes.
      Is this the brace best suited.?
      thanks.
    • The Cartilage knee is going to provide you with some support and cushion around the knee cap. If you are needing to offload the injured cartilage I would suggest looking at something like the OA lite, or one of our other Osteoarthritis braces.
  • From ron at 7/19/11 8:29 PM
    • will this brace give me support while playing golf;lately my knee wants to hyper_extend,a lot of pain.operated on for meniscus tear.
      thanks
    • no this brace will not help with the hyperextension issues. I would suggest the DonJoy Hinged knee, or the Playmaker. With the support of the hinges, either of these braces will help with the hyperextension issues and also give your knee support while being active.
  • From Richard Willey at 8/10/11 8:40 PM
    • I have a torn meniscus. What would be the best brace for me?
    • The DonJoy Cartilage Knee with give you some support. If you are not looking to get it fixed. you can also look at doing an OA lite brace that will help offload the side your meniscus is torn on.
  • From Cameron at 1/19/12 3:51 PM
    • I had acl reconstruction and tore my meniscus bout 4 or 5 months ago. I have been working my leg out and just wanted a little bit of support to help me be a little bit more comfortable. Will this brace help any?
    • For ACL support you will need a product with hinges. This product does not have hinges. Some examples of everyday support for an ACL would be with our Donjoy ACL Everyday, 4titude, or Playmaker.
  • From Colm Killeen at 3/26/12 12:03 PM
    • I am looking for a knee support for doing aqua aerobics. I have arthritis in both knees. Do you have a suitable product?
    • The DonJoy Cartilage Knee Sleeve will probably not work in the water; the foam pad will become saturated and heavy. You might find that a knee sleeve provides some support for the joint and does better when wet. I suggest looking into the DonJoy Neoprene Knee Support to wear in the swimming pool.
  • From Amy at 5/30/12 2:22 PM
    • I am having bursitis pain in my knee. What support sleeve would you recommend?
    • A padded knee support, anything with a closed patella area for compression.
  • From lucas at 11/24/12 1:25 PM
    • HELP PLEASE!! I currently have a torn ACL and i do have a donjoy i believe "playmaker" knee brace. so today while playing hockey my knee gave out and i had to leave the game, and my question is, is there anything i can put on under my current knee brace to give my knee more stability and help prevent my knee giving out? sorry if i didnt word this right i dont really know how to put it.
    • Hello, Lucas -

      Was there an athetic trainer on-site to assess your knee when it gave out today? If not, we recommend speaking with your athletic trainer or orthopedist as your torn ACL may get worse or lead to further injury. Until we have an appropriate diagnosis we cannot recommend an additional product. The Playmaker is designed to be used alone, not with any additional bracing beneath as doing so may compromise the brace's ability to stay in place and provide its proper support. It should be worn in direct contact to the leg

      If you would have further questions, we encourage you call our product specialists at 888-405-3251.

      Thank you and have a great day!
  • From AP at 4/21/13 11:54 AM
    • What are the care and maintenance steps for the DonJoy Cartilage Knee Sleeve Brace? Since it is made of cotton, can you wash it in the washing machine in cold water and dry on a clothes line? Or does it need to be dry-cleaned?
    • Hello, AP -

      The item can be washed by hand using a mild soap and water (not in a washing machine). It should be air dried and not put in the dryer.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!
  • From Nick at 5/17/13 10:03 PM
    • my measurements are 18", 14", 14" which puts me on the higher end of small and lower end of medium,. which one would be better?
    • We recommend you go up in size if your on the border of 2 sizes. I suggest you order a Medium.

      Thanks for contacting Donjoy.

      Have a Great Day.
  • From SCV Lightning at 6/17/13 11:56 AM
  • From Diana at 7/12/13 2:11 PM
  • From Jim at 7/21/13 12:17 PM
    • I had my knee replaced 7 months ago. I am still get a lot of swelling when I stand and walk. Would the cartilage knee sleeve be the best to keep the swelling down?
    • Hello Jim,

      I recommend a knee sleeve, this will provide compression and reduce the swelling in your knee. We have a couple of options based on material you would like, Neoprene, Elastic, Etc.

      http://www.betterbraces.com/knee-braces/knee-sleeves?p=2

      Thanks for Contacting Donjoy.
  • From Renae at 7/26/13 8:35 AM
    • I had a partially torn meniscus and had surgery about 4 or 5 years ago. I have recently started going to the gym but I don't feel stable on that knee. I feel like I need to build up my muscle more so I'm looking for a brace w/o hinges and I noticed this one has medial/lateral spiral stays. I wasn't sure what they were. My PT told me to just get something w/some support but to stay away from anything w/hinges. I do need a plus size but I don't care if it's adjustable or a sleeve. It can also be neoprene. I wasn't sure if this brace would be what I needed or not.
      Thanks for your help!
    • Hello Renae,

      If you need Support, than you need a Knee Brace with Hinges. The hinges are what will give you medial and lateral support. Without hinges you will only receive compression. Take a look at the Economy Knee, and the Hinged Knee. I recommend both.

      http://www.betterbraces.com/knee-braces/soft-hinged-knee-braces

      Thanks for Contacting Donjoy.
  • From Tom at 8/8/13 4:12 AM
    • What is the best way to wash the cartilage knee sleeve brace?
    • Hello,

      We recommend Hand Wash and Air Dry.

      Thanks for Contacting Donjoy.
  • From Maria at 12/22/13 1:28 PM
    • Hello!
      I had an arthroscopy done a few months ago for condromalacia on my right knee. I hace condromalacia on both knees, but I'm not in alot of pain. the brace is mire for support and preventive purposes. I'm looking for a brace to use while doing crossfit and other activities like skiing. Wich knee brace would you recommend?
    • Hello,

      I recommend a Knee Sleeve for comfort and support, given your activity. The Cartilage knee sleeve has a knee pad attached the the brace, if you need a knee pad for protection then this is the brace for you.

      Otherwise, take a look at our knee sleeves; performer knee support, donjoy deluxe open knee support, procare sport knee reinforced, donjoy drytex.

      http://www.betterbraces.com/knee-braces/knee-sleeves?p=2

      Thanks for Contacting Donjoy.
  • From Karen at 2/6/14 5:43 PM
    • I am looking for a support for my knee had surgery 10+ years ago getting older I want support for walking and treadmill. Also what something that does roll down when it is on.
    • Karen
      Without konwing what type of symptoms you have and what surgery you had 10 years ago, I cannot make a reccomendation on a brace. If you have had braces roll donw in the past perhaps you might want to look at braces that wrap around you leg instead of pull up. The DonJoy Cartlage knee brace is elastic so if you have a bigger thigh it might roll down on you.
  • From Casey at 4/2/14 10:01 AM
    • Is there ANY nylon anywhere on it? I am HIGHLY allergic to nylon. I know it says it is made of cotton elastic, but is even any of the threads nylon or any form of nylon? Thanks!

      Also, do you have any other good stabilizing basic braces that are nylon-free to help support knees during workouts?
    • Casey
      We do not have the entire materials list for all of our products, but this product is made of cotton and as I can not be sure I do not believe there is any nylon in it. Any of neoprene sleeves are nylon free except the ones with velcro straps.
  • From Sandi at 7/5/14 1:08 PM
    • Is the DonJoy Cartilage Knee Sleeve good for a Baker's cyst? If not, what do you suggest? Keep in mind I dance (line dancing) alot, teach, and I need something that will help with the swelling, pain, as well as be flexible enough to dance while wearing the brace.

      Thanks so much,

      Sandi
    • Sandi
      I would suggest the Drytex Knee Sleeve. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-drytex-basic-knee-sleeve It is made of dyrtex material which is not as hot as neoprenen yet it will give the compression that you need.

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