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DonJoy Deluxe Hinged Knee Brace

For moderate stability of ligament, meniscus injuries, sprains, and osteoarthritis

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Ideal Application

In addition to providing mild to moderate medial/lateral support, sturdy aluminum uprights allow this brace to be used in contact sports.


Features and Benefits

  • Recommended for moderate stability and support for knee ligament meniscus injuries, sprains and osteoarthritis
  • Contoured condyle pads
  • Bilateral hinges to help provide additional knee support
  • Provides soft tissue compression with maximum patient comfort
  • Available in Neoprene or breathable cool Drytex® knit material provides an alternative to neoprene and elastics
  • Available in sleeve or wraparound configuration

  • Please note the DonJoy Hinged Knee is the same brace as the Donjoy Deluxe Hinged Knee. The sleeve style is only available in Drytex material.

Shop our complete selection of knee support 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.

    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"
    XXXL 29 1/2" -32" 21" -23" 22" -24


    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 Deluxe Hinged Knee Brace reviews

noahcat
Brace very supportive. Knee hurts way less after 9 hour work day and in morning after wearing brace. Much more secure with it on able to do more. - noahcat
Got2play2
The customer service is really what I want to review here. I just received this brace, and had to call customer service twice about it. They are WONDERFUL!!!!! the issues I called about were quickly resolved, and everyone I spoke to was courteous, caring, willing to go the "extra mile". Thanks Chris and everyone else! The brace is on now and I had immediate relief once I put it on. This will be my "go-to" company for all my brace/orthopaedic appliances and devices, and I highly recommend! - Got2play2
Brentnowell
I have been using the deluxe for 3 weeks now as a commercial plumber in a construction environment. My patella has dislocated 4 times since 2003 where the initial injury was from a skiing accident. The most recent dislocation was the worst in which my patella was had slid 90 degrees from its location. Upon resetting it myself and going to the hospital i knew that i needed a brace that would support my patella. I found the deluxe at a local medical supply store for 150$, i chose it because of the hinges to support the knee. After wearing it for 3 weeks my knee feels much secure, i even wear it while sleeping and only take it off for my morning shower. The fabric does not stink after 3 weeks or chafe the skin, it also supports rhe knee cap through a cut out in the neoprene. I recommend tightening the lower strap first while the knee is bent 90 degrees making sure that the knee cap is centered in the hole in the brace. After that only secure the upper strap and do not tighten with any force that you already used with the lower strap. Other than that make sure that the screws are tight once a week. Excellent brace for the price - Brentnowell
straight-legged
I was given 2 braces for my knee from my Orthopedic Surgeon. This is one of them. I swear by this brace! I am an EMT / Firefighter, and being a female in this field, have to work a bit harder at times. I was afraid I would have to retire from this line of work due my bad knees. This brace along with being extra careful in how I move and lift, has given me back my lively-hood! I suffer from several issues with each knee. I wear this in my right knee (history of chronic lateral dislocations and 5 surgeries with 2 pins). I still have pain with some movements (i will for life), but this brace has been a life-saver for me. I can still run circles around my co-workers! - straight-legged
buck
Brace is far superior to the one I purchased at my local drug store. Much more supportive yet comfortable enough to wear all day. Hinged design allowed for my knee to flex while providing needed support to keep knee from twisting. - buck

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  • From Robert at 12/9/2010 11:44 AM
    • What knee brace do you recommend for a miniscus injury? Included is that the brace needs to include for use in contact sports (soccer). My recreational activities include soccer, running, and weight lifting. Previous braces have the problem of sliding down the leg. This seems to be an ongoing problem with most knee braces even with velcro straps. Thank you for your assistance.
    • Hello Robert,

      I recommend the DonJoy Drytex Playmaker Wraparound/Sleeve (http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-drytex-playmaker-wraparound-sleeve). Be sure to use the measuring guide to ensure a proper fit.

      If you don't exactly range into any one size, please give us a call so we can assist you further @ 800-553-6019.
  • From Carl at 1/10/2011 6:57 PM
    • My son had knee surgery to loosen the inside ligament and tighten the outside and had also knee dislocations. What knee brace do you suggest for maximum support of the ligaments and kneecap dislocations. He plays football
    • A good brace for football with ligament protection and knee cap dislocations would be one of our rigid knee braces with the fourcepoint hinge and tru-pull advanced attachment. (TPAA) If he plays on the line, we would suggest the armor. If he plays a skill position, we would suggest the full force.
  • From Richard at 2/15/2011 9:30 AM
    • I have a medial miniscus tear with some arthritis under the knee cap. I play tennis and golf and will have surgery in 4 weeks. What brace would you recommend?
    • You can see the Braces and Supports for Meniscus Tears here:

      http://www.betterbraces.com/knee-injuries/meniscus-tear
  • From Nathan at 7/27/2011 12:20 PM
    • I had knee surgery for a torn meniscus. What brace would you recommend? I was looking at the Deluxe Hinged Knee Brace. I play football (linemen) would that be a good brace.
    • The best brace for your condition and activity level is the Armor with Fourcepoint Hinges.
  • From Juan M at 7/30/2011 12:53 PM
    • I am interested in the deluxe hinged knee brace-I play a lot of golf and have a medial meniscus problem. I'd like some more information on fabric options, and what the open/closed popiteal is all about. I presume the sleeve version is one you pull on, the wraparound is one that seals shut with velcro and straps but please describe the differences. I really need the one that will give me the most lateral support and stability.

      Thanks!
    • Yes the sleeve is a pull on application and the wrap around velcros in the front, which is easier to put on for athletes that are trying to put the brace on an off easily. The neoprene material is like wet suit material and is compression but can be a bit warm. The drytex material is a neoprene alternative which is more breatheable. Popliteal cut out is in the back of the knee to provide more breathability and circulation. I would not reccomend this if you have inflammation though because this tends to push the swelling to the back of the knee.
  • From Jamal at 6/1/2012 6:01 AM
    • Hello,
      I'm an avid runner and I also do Cross-fit at least 4 days a week. My doctor px me the Donjoy Deluxe Hinged Knee Brace for my knee. I need to know if it is suitible for long distance running (10k) or if I should get something else to run and do Cross-fit with.

      Thanks,
      Jamal
    • Yes this product is suitable for long distance running.
  • From michelle at 6/6/2012 2:51 AM
    • I have a meniscus and lcl tear that I have been dealing with for 20 years. I have managed to work around my knee problems catering "my game" to my good knee. I know you recommend the deluxe hinged brace for meniscus/lcl injuries. Is this the best brace for jiu jitsu? A sport where knees are in constant flexion with pressure. Also I'm concerned about the medial/lateral hinges hurting my opponent since it is a close contact sport. Also because my knee is in flexion quite a bit is an open popliteal best? Budget is $150. Thanks.
    • If you have full range of motion and you do not need to limit extension or flexion, we also offer the Economy Hinged Knee. Those hinges are covered so this might be best for your sport and protecting your opponents.
  • From brad at 7/10/2012 2:23 PM
    • I see the pull on brace is 13" is the wrap brace the same
    • Yes it is.
  • From Meniscus Meg at 7/12/2012 10:51 PM
    • I have just received my "Don Joy Deluxe Hinged Knee Brace" from you today.
      I know that it is set at -10 degrees extension. However, I am still symptomatic in weight bearing at that setting and need to try an extension stop at about -20 degrees.
      Also, flexion past about 115 degrees is symptomatic, so I need to try a stop at about 110 degrees. My work is in P.T. with patients who depend on my support for their balance, transfers and safety. So I must be able to depend on the brace to block my extension in standing and block my flexion in bending.

      Before placing my order, I called and spoke with one of your tech specialists and was told that I'd be able to adjust the hinge (actually that my P.T. could do so) I have tried to do so with a screw driver but not it's making any difference. Please advise me. (I'm back to work seeing patients in 5 days following being off this week to allow this new meniscus injury to rest/heal.)

      Thanks, much,
      Meg
    • Meg,
      If you go to the DJO Global website you can locate the sales rep in your area. He can help install the stops you need. The website address is: http://www.djoglobal.com/contact-us/sales-rep-locator
  • From Carin at 7/24/2012 1:39 PM
    • Looking for a brace that will not slide and is for osteoarthritis and minicsus tear. Need to get through one more marathon 42 km. 26.2 miles what do you recommend.
    • You should look at our OA braces they would unload pressure on the side of your knee with the meniscus tear.
  • From Dan at 7/26/2012 12:10 PM
    • Which brace do you recommend for bowling to restrict knee bend?
    • I would recommend the playmaker and ask to have flexion stops put in to prevent the knee from going past a certain degree while bending.
  • From Scott at 7/30/2012 7:42 AM
    • Hi there,

      I did some cartilage damage to me knee. The pyhsio called it cartilage aggravation and a possible tear. I healed it through physio and building it back up but have done it again playing soccer.

      I am going snowboarding in 5 weeks and was wondering what the best brace would be?
    • Check out our Armor brace, It is the strongest, lightest off the shelf brace made.
  • From Joe at 8/6/2012 4:01 PM
    • what range of motion does this brace give?
    • Hi Joe,

      The brace allows full range of motion. It can also be adjusted to limit range of motion to various degrees.

      Have a nice day
  • From John at 8/13/2012 6:11 PM
    • My son plays high school football , he is an offensive guard. No severe injuries to date, looking for a product that will help avoid knee injuries, without losing any range of movement
    • Hi John

      For an offensive lineman, I would recommend a more rigid knee brace. We will need to speak to you and find out more information on what will fit your son's needs. Please feel free to contact us at 1-888-405-3251 to speak with a product specialist to consult on the best brace possible for your son.

      Thank you and have a great day.
  • From Peta at 2/5/2013 9:55 AM
    • What Knee Brace do you recommend?
      I asked my ex-physical therapist what kind of knee brace I would benefit from using when I exercise, he suggested a hinged knee brace.

      2 years ago I injured my knee playing basketball, I did a "bucket handle tear" to my meniscus and tore my ACL. I received surgery to repair the meniscus tear but I did not repair my torn ACL. To this day I have pain in my knee (more on the inside of my knee), the pain elevates after exercise however during I just feel discomfort, not unbearable but enough for me to think if I wore a brace it may just help a little. I'm not too good doing a side to side motion I have to really make sure I'm focused when I do it, of course that comes with my ACL being torn. The kind of exercising I do, is Elliptical machine, bike, power walking, circuit training. I am about to try kettle bell classes. I am overweight and have a good 70lbs to lose, I've found the pull on braces are a real pain to get on and off but maybe I just had the wrong size? After surgery I did have a wrap around one with hinges that seemed good at the time but then got too big.

      Could you please suggest what knee brace I would benefit the best from?
    • Hello, Peta -

      It sounds as though you are extremely active and with a torn ACL and other issues, you're going to want to have a brace that specifically supports that ACL. I would recommend a rigid brace as opposed to a soft good neoprene type of brace with a Fource Point Hinge. With your level of activity, a Full Force would be the most highly recommended:

      http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-fullforce-ligament-knee-brace

      If you prefer a soft good brace, the Playmaker would be your best choice.

      http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-playmaker-knee-brace


      If you have further questions, please feel free to contact our product specialists at 888-405-3251.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!
  • From Martin at 4/5/2013 11:17 AM
    • Can I use this for wakeboarding? thanks!
    • Martin,
      All of our braces can be worn in the water. You should rinse it after water use with tap water and allow it to air dry.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!
  • From Melissa at 4/19/2013 4:27 PM
    • I had arthroscopic knee surgery for what we thoughtvwasca meniscus tear. Instead I had a plica excursion in addition to a great deal of cartilage removed from under my kneecap. Six weeks later, I am experiencing pain on th inside of my knee where the plica band was removed. I also have pain in the front of my kneecap. My surgeon says the plica excursion pain should improve. The pain around my kneecap however won't since I now have no cartilage under there making it bone on bone. A friend of mine recommended I get a Don Joy Hinged Knee Brace. I wanted to see if that's the best brace for me. I am a teacher so am n my feet all day. Before all this, I exercised multiple times per week and ran in 5K's. I want to get back to some or all of that but I'm not sure t it's possible. Please let me know M7
    • Hello, Melissa -

      The DonJoy Hinged Knee will provide mild to moderate support for your knee condition and desired activity. However another brace that we would recommend is the DonJoy Reaction Knee Brace:
      http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-reaction-knee-brace

      If you have further questions please feel free to contact our product specialists at 888-405-3251.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!
  • From Elizabeth Le at 4/22/2013 2:30 PM
    • Does the sleeve slide down?
    • Hello, Elizabeth -

      The sleeve will not slide down if you ensure that you take the appropriate measurements and choose your correct size accoring to our sizing chart. You would need to take 3 circumference measurements:
      1. center of your knee
      2. 6" above (thigh)
      3. 6" below (calf)

      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"
      XXXL 29 1/2" -32" 21" -23" 22" -24

      If you have further questions, please feel free to contact our product specialists at 888-405-3251. Thank you and have a wonderful day!
  • From Al Rodriguez at 5/1/2013 4:28 AM
    • Hello!
      I purchased the DonJoy Deluxe Hinged Knee brace about 2 years ago from your site. From what I see when I unscrew the 2 screws on the hinge there is a metal inserts that can be put in to limit the knee angle so that its not fully extended. I do not have the correct inserts. My question is do you sell these inserts if not where can I find them? Your help will be really appreciated.
      Thank you
    • Hello,

      I believe you are asking about the stops to limit flexion and extension. To be sure you are asking about the stops and not the key, Please Call Product Support so that we may better help you. Call 1-888-405-3251. A Product Specialist will help you place your order.

      Have a Great Day.
  • From Hugh at 5/27/2013 10:03 AM
  • From Ken B at 6/6/2013 10:22 AM
  • From Joyce F. at 6/11/2013 9:07 AM
    • Hi. I tore my miniscus and acl in October 2012. I had surgery to repair the torn minicus in January 2013. He didn't do anything with the acl because of my age (64) and I'm not jogging or playing physical sports. I did physical theraphy for 6 weeks, and after 4 months he said I was good to go. Could start golfing, which is a favorite of mine. Took my first swing and my knee felt like it slipped out and went down to the ground. Waited another month and bought a compression sleeve to wear, but it still feels like it slips out when golfing or even if I get out of a chair the wrong way. What support would you suggest???
    • Hello Joyce,

      Since it sounds like your ACL deficient, you will need a brace that prevents anterior translation, this is what your ACL does. That is why you feel like your knee gives out, your missing your ACL.

      I would try the Playmaker, in the wraparound version. If this isn't sufficient I would go up to the next best thing which would be a Rigid Knee Brace.

      See Link Below.

      http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-playmaker-knee-brace
      http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-oa-nano-knee-brace
      http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-fullforce-ligament-knee-brace

      Please contact a Product Specialist with additional questions. 1-888-405-3251.
  • From Ron at 6/16/2013 9:04 AM
  • From Don at 6/25/2013 8:00 PM
    • Will this knee brace be suitable for MCL injuries? i am physically healed up but my brain is still not 100%, so i want to wear a brace support without bulk.

      I have the Donjoy playermaker but i was looking for a "smaller" brace. is this the one?
    • Hello Don,

      The playmaker is a great brace for an MCL Injury due to it's length, 16". The longer the hinge the more support you will have. If you are interested in a shorter hinge I recommend the the Economy Hinged Knee, this brace is 12" long.

      Thanks for Contacting Donjoy.
  • From Don at 6/26/2013 7:14 PM
    • Like I mentioned before, I am looking for a smaller brace then the donjoy playmaker but yet still be protected.

      I looked into the Economy hinged knee brace but it looks to me that the donjoy deluxe hinged will offer more support and is shorter in length, compared to the playmaker.

      I will be using this for football, if that makes a difference.
    • Hello Don,

      Yes the Deluxe hinged knee brace is shorter than the Playmaker, and the hinges are exposed. That's the difference you will see with the Economy Hinge Knee.

      Thanks for contacting Donjoy.
  • From Ken B at 6/30/2013 7:34 PM
    • Hello, I am male, 58, 6'3" 215 lbs. In April I hurt my knee by stepping in a depression on the lawn. MRI states the following:
      1. Degenerative changes centrally to the medial meniscus with chondromalacia, cartilaginous denuding, subcortical degenerative disease.
      2. Cartilaginous denuding and fissuring is present on the medial femoral condyle.
      3. Bakers Cyst is small to moderate.
      4. Popliteus tendon demonstrates mild tendinosis at the musculotendinous junction.
      5. LCL, MCL are intact. Quadriceps tendon and Patellar ligament are normal.
      I have gone to 2 Drs who advise to continue with physical therapy twice a week. My knee has stabilized, but still occasionally painful on the front and medial side. I want to get back to golfing and treadmill walking (or at least walking on the golf course).
      QUESTION IS---What is the best brace for me to stabilize and support the knee during golf and during the day at work?
      Thanks very much!
    • Hello Ken,

      I recommend an Osteo-Arthritis Knee Brace for your injury. This type of brace provides off-loading of the damaged meniscus, giving you pain relief. See the links below for your options.

      http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-oa-nano-knee-brace http://www.betterbraces.com/oa-fullforce-knee-brace http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-oadjuster-osteoarthritis-knee-brace

      Thanks for contacting Donjoy.
  • From Amy at 7/19/2013 7:29 AM
    • I have had two lateral meniscus tears. One on each knee, both of which required surgery. I want to get a brace mainly for my left knee because it gives me the most problems, but it would be great if I could switch sides if necessary. I am a basketball and lacrosse player, and I will be playing both in college as well. What knee brace would you recommend?
    • Hello Amy,

      I recommend a Rigid Knee Brace for lacrosse, this brace can also be used for basketball but is made in either Right or Left Side.

      http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-fullforce-ligament-knee-brace

      If you would like a Soft Knee Brace I recommend the Playmaker.

      http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-playmaker-knee-brace

      Thanks for Contacting Donjoy.
  • From Heather at 7/20/2013 6:35 PM
    • My knee cap pops out of place quite often and I have used a donjoy brace for many years while I do any activity to keep it in place...although after many years of use it is about to fall apart. I would like to purchase the same brace, but I do not see it on your website and I'm not sure what it is called...what is the next best thing? My main focus is knee support and keeping my patella in place.
    • Hello Heather,

      I recommend the Tru-Pull Lite, this brace is low profile only 9inch's in length and provides maximum support to the Patella.

      If you are searching on BetterBraces not all braces are listed there, trying searching on Donjoy's Site.

      http://www.djoglobal.com/our-brands/donjoy


      Thanks for Contacting Donjoy.
  • From Glenn at 7/23/2013 5:48 PM
    • Two questions. The first one is which brace would be best for me. I am leaning towards the Deluxe Hinged knee brace. The second question would be the correct size as my measurements fall into different categories.

      I had an operation 6 months ago to repair my torn medial meniscus but at the same time the ortho found the lateral cartilage was disintegrated and I had bone on bone. He drilled three holes in the bone (microfracture surgery) in order to generate new cartilage. This seems to help as the only sore area is where the medial meniscus was repaired. However, I need to protect that area as the new cartilage is not as durable as the original.

      The only caveat is that when I was doing rehab, my knee cap would pop whenever I did leg extensions. So I want to make sure the brace will both support my meniscus but also hold the knee cap in place.

      For the second question. My knee cap is 15.5", the calf is 16" and the thigh is 20". The knee cap area may still be a little swollen. What size should I order?

      Thanks,
      Glenn
    • Hello Glenn,

      I recommend the Deluxe Hinged Knee or the Economy Hinged Knee. These braces will provide medial and lateral support. If you would like to offload the meniscus we do offer Arthritis knee braces. Recommendation is only 1 compartment affected, so either you have a medial or lateral meniscus damage.

      http://www.betterbraces.com/knee-braces/arthritis-knee-braces

      Thanks for Contacting Donjoy.
  • From Glenn at 7/24/2013 2:31 PM
    • Thanks for the previous answer on the style of brace. But what about the size? My knee cap is 15.5", the calf is 16" and the thigh is 20". The knee cap area may still be a little swollen. What size should I order?
    • Hello Glenn

      Your thigh is a Medium, Knee is a Large, Calf is a Large. I recommend a wrap around to accomodate the size difference, in wrap around I would order a Large.

      Thanks for Contacting Donjoy.
  • From ELINA at 7/26/2013 8:42 AM
    • •I have a meniscus and lcl tear that I have been dealing with for 30 years and never done a surgery to repair the torn minicus(but have injury every other year).
      What knee brace do you suggest for maximum support to play tennis ?
      Thank you for your assistance.
    • Hello Elina,

      I recommend an Arthritis brace. Which compartment is damaged, your medial or lateral meniscus? Please take a look at the link below with your options.

      http://www.betterbraces.com/oa-fullforce-knee-brace

      Thanks for Contacting Donjoy.
  • From Jason L. at 8/4/2013 5:57 PM
    • I am 5'10' and weigh about 280 lbs. My left knee has a meniscus tear & ACL tear. I am looking for a brace that is good for moderate to light activities such as walking, hiking and light jogging (basically forward movement activities that do not involve a lot of twisting). I have not been able to jog since my knee injury and was wondering if this knee brace would be right for my condition.
    • Hello Jason,

      I recommend an ACL Brace for your ACL Injury. We have options between Rigid Knee bracing and Soft Knee Braces. You can chose from the FullFource, Armor, Legend, or the Playmaker which is the soft knee brace.

      Thanks for Contacting Donjoy.
  • From Reiner at 8/26/2013 11:39 AM
    • I play a lot of softball and bowl, I tore my meniscus, partial tear in the ACL and dislocated my knee cap 6 months back, I'm a big guy 6'4" 330 lbs and need a good brace to support a high level of activity but don't want it to restrict my movement(I'm a corner infielder). I recently dislocated the knee again and I'm worry bout support more that anything. I also need something durable that can take some abuse, what would you recommend? Thanks.
    • The Tru-Pull Advanced wity hinges would be an excellent brace for you it is lightweight, duable and has hinges to give some ACL support.
  • From Brian Bernard at 8/27/2013 12:17 AM
    • I tore my medial meniscus waterskiing last summer. Now I have to be really careful to control the sideways movement of my knee to prevent it from locking up. Last weekend I was swimming and I kicked my feet, forgot to control the sideways movement and my injured knee locked up and I could not bend my knee or walk for several hours. I'm now afraid to ski or swim without it happening again. Is there a brace which will prevent the sideways movement allowing me to continue skiing and swimming without fear of my knee locking up again or me doing further damage? Thanks, Brian.
    • Our OA braces would take pressure off the side of your knee with the torn meniscus. With your activity level you should be looking at the OA FullForce, which can be worn in the water and I would recommend getting a sports cover for when water skiing as to make sure the braces straps dont come undone while skiing.
  • From John at 9/19/2013 12:45 PM
    • My son has a Lateral Meniscus Tear from playing football. What brace would brace would be best to support him for Football. He wants to play through the season. he is a Running Back.
    • The Playmaker, Playmaker II or one of our rigid hinged braces. As you go up in rigidity you go up in protection.
  • From Eric at 11/15/2013 5:56 AM
    • I have recently torn my ACL and meniscus playing football. I had meniscus surgery, but couldn't get the ACL surgery due to time limitations. I am going to jump into high school wrestling once my meniscus recovery time is completed. I am in need of a brace that can support my knee and lateral meniscus, while preventing translation due to my lack of an ACL. The brace also needs to meet the standards for wrestling competition: it cannot limit range of motion, and all metal must be covered by some type of soft coating. The smaller the knee brace, the better. Thanks in advance!
    • Eric,
      Because you do not have an ACL it would be recommended that you get a rigid brace. The rigid braces have the 4 points of leverage which will: isolate the femur and bring it forward and anchors the tibia to prevent it from moving forward. A sports cover can be purchased for any rigid braces to be worn during competition. Depending on your position in football the Armor (for linemen) or the FullForce would be a good option. The DonJoy Deluxe Hinged Knee Brace will not provide the stability needed to support a knee that has no ACL.
  • From Lloyd Maeda at 11/23/2013 1:04 PM
    • Need a brace which will keep my right knee locked in place. Unable to put weight on it with it buckling.
    • Lloyd
      Thank you for contacting product support. If you are interested in the DonJoy Deluxe Hinged knee Brace, in order to lock the brace when you stand you will also need to order the DonJoy DropLock Hinge Kit: http://www.betterbraces.com/droplock-hinge-kit
      The hinge can easily be installed in your brace and has the ability to lock at the push of a button when you stand. If you are looking for something that already has a hinge that can be locked on it, the other option is one of our post-op braces http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-trom-advance-knee-brace If you have any other questions please don't hesitate to contact us.
  • From Juan Barrera at 12/18/2013 8:41 PM
    • So I have had already 2 acl surgeries and my surgeon told me today that I stretched my graft about 1mm or less and he told me to find me a good knee brace that can be good for football and I play running back and it's been 3 months since my surgery and I'm 16. So please help me out
    • Juan
      Thank you for contacting DJO. Since you have had two ACL surgeries already at 16 you need to be in a rigid knee brace not a soft hinged knee brace. Take a look at the Defiance III http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-defiance-iii-custom-knee-brace This brace is our best knee brace that is custom made for your leg. It has a carbon composite frame, and with our FourcePoint hinge this will give you the best protection while playing football. We also have a patient ready brace called the DonJoy Armor http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-armor-knee-brace-with-fourcepoint-hinge This is our strongest patient ready brace and it has the same techmology as the Defiance. Either of these brace is what you should be wearing while playing football.
  • From Daniel at 12/24/2013 3:43 PM
    • I tore my acl and had surgery for it, I'm a junior going to be a senior next year looking for a brace, I play football skilled positions would you recommend this or http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-playmaker-knee-brace ?
    • Daniel
      It dependes on how long ago your surgery was. The Playmaker with a fourcepoint hinge is the brace you should wear if your surgery was over a year ago. If you surgeru was more recent you should be wearing the DonJoy FullForce ligament brace: http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-fullforce-ligament-knee-brace The brace is light-weight so being a football player in a skilled position you will not be weighted down with a heavy brace and it will give the best protection for a reconstructed ACL. The best brace you can get for Football is the DonJoy Defiance http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-defiance-iii-custom-knee-brace This brace is custome made for your leg has a carbon composite frame with a lifetime warranty on the fram and hinges.
  • From Crystal at 1/2/2014 10:26 AM
    • I sprained my ankle, my knee and tore my meniscus after landing badly while box jumping at the gym. I have been seeing a chiropractor for 2 months and he has giving me the go ahead to start working out again with limits. But I do not feel stable on my knee at all, and I would like to get a brace for support and to prevent re-injuring. But my chiropractor is against braces period he says that he doesn't believe in supplying the body with an aid instead to fix the problem right to begin with. I agree with completely fixing the issue. But how can I start to rebuild the muscle in my leg if I can't do anything besides a slow walk without feeling like I am going to fall. It feels like the top and the bottom knee separate in opposite direction when I move with more force then old lady walk. What knee brace would you recommend? I'm afraid to guess and waste my money. Please Help! I will be doing Zumba, and other Aerobic type exercises along with my weight training. But will be building back up to it not starting full go day 1.
    • Crystal
      First I would suggest you see a orthopedist for you knee. The Deluxe hinged knee support will give you both medial and lateral support. It will keep you knee from feeling like shifts laterally at the joint. Another option is the playmaker. This brace will protect all of your ligaments and keep it more secure than the Deluxe
  • From Peter at 1/2/2014 11:44 AM
    • I had Meniscus tears (both meniscuses in left knee) which was repaired two weeks ago. (No ligament issues). I am also about to start physical therapy.

      I need a brace to use for basketball, walking, & jogging/light running on treadmill mostly. Basically all non-contact sports. I'm 5'10" and about 260 lbs.

      Will a DonJoy Deluxe Hinged Knee Brace provide enough support and meniscus tear protection during above activities? Or would another brace be better?

      Thank you.
    • Peter
      The DonJoy Deluxe Knee brace will be the best choice for you
  • From Rachel at 1/3/2014 7:49 PM
    • I sprained my knee while moving. I was lifting boxes up and down stairs to and from each location. I was also doing T25 and a squat challenge during this time. I recently lost 20 lbs and I plan to lose at least 30 more. I need a brace that will support my knee during HITT exercises. I plan to start P90X next week. I'm also a nurse and I'm required to lift patients on occasion. Please help me find a brace that will help me. Thank you!!
    • Rachel
      Without knowing exactly what your injury is, one of our hinged knee braces will give you support witha all your activities. Either the Deluxe Hinged knee or the economy hinged knee will work for you. They will give both medial and lateral support for your knee while doing activities.
  • From Jared at 1/4/2014 7:46 AM
    • I had meniscal transplant surgery about 18 months ago. I did physical therapy for the better part of a year with little to no relief. Subsequently I had a MRI which showed nothing structurally wrong with my knee, I was told it may be scar tissue build up among other things. I love to run and play basketball and it's been at least 18 months since I've done either. The pain is more moderate at this point but noticeable. Is there a brace you would recommend to help with this? Thank you!
    • Jared
      While the Deluxe Hinged knee brace will help with meniscal tears it might not take your pain away. if you have pain one one side of rht joint were your meniscal surgery occured we do have braces that unload that side of the knee creating space between the bone and the cartilage. These are our arthritis braces but they are used for meniscus injuries as well You can take a look at them here: http://www.betterbraces.com/knee-braces/arthritis-knee-braces
      A brace for mild OA may do the trick, let us know if we can answer any other questions
  • From Netta at 1/12/2014 7:53 PM
    • Hi,
      I'm in good shape, and exercise regularly. While skiing and hiking (downhill parts of the trail) I feel pain in the inner part of my knee. The pain is only during the activity itself, there is no swelling and after rest the pain subsides. The pain intensifies in cold weather.
      Is this the right brace for me? If not, which would be recommended?
      Thanks in advance!
    • Hello and thank you for your question. This brace is designed to add compression and warmth to the knee joint. You will also receive a moderate amount of support on the sides from the hinges. Without knowing specific diagnosis this brace sounds like it would add some pain relief during your activates and is short enough to be work with a ski boot.
  • From Ken Turner at 1/16/2014 9:34 PM
  • From Lea at 1/20/2014 11:41 PM
    • I have a PCL complete rupture (15 years ago), told I would need a knee replacement in the future (about now). Knee is very unstable, hyperextends considerably, medial/anterior pain in the joint, medial collateral ligaments very painful. A lot of pain felt when bending into the knee at all, cannot kneel on it at all. 12months ago severely strained Achilles tendon on the same leg due to hyperextension problem, 4 months on crutches/moon boot. I am looking for a knee brace that will see me through the next 12 months before I can have surgery, be that a full knee replacement, 2nd arthroscopic clean up, or PCL repair/ arthro surgery. Which one do you suggest?
    • Lea,
      Thank you for your question. The Deluxe Hinged Knee Brace will offer some support to your PCL and your medial joint pain. You may want to look a rigid brace for maximum support for the hyperextension. The Legend or the Defiance which could be covered under insurance and be used post surgery.
  • From Allie at 1/21/2014 12:12 PM
    • Does this particular knee brace come unopened in the box supplied with the tools to adjust the polycentric hinge?
    • Thank you for your question. This brace will not come with any adjustable hardware. Any adjustments that need to be made which require tools/hardware must be done at a facility or through a rep. You can locate the DonJoy rep in your area by using your zip code in the following link http://www.djoglobal.com/contact-us/sales-rep-locator. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact product support at 888.405.3251.
  • From Kim at 1/22/2014 1:03 PM
    • I have OA, had a torn miniscus removed, and Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos - I have a lot of movement in my tibia and as a result of having a laminectomy and cervical fusion within 8 months of each other many of my muscles are weak. I have had sleeve braces from my orthopedist and they just do not fit well - sliding down my legs and they generally don't prevent my knees from hyperextending. I am working with my PT to find a brace that would be mot effective - address most issues while rehabing. I also would prefer to not have a brace that would get too hot - under normal circumstances I bike, pilates, elliiptical and show dogs. Some ideas that I could take to my PT would be greatly appreciated - especially if the brace was more low-profile than not -- I am 5'7" with long legs and tend to turn my feet in as well. I know this a lot of information - I appreciate your help. K
    • Kim
      I would suggest either the Playmaker II wrap around knee brace http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-playmaker-ii-wrap or for something with a luittle more support the Don Joy SE 4 Knee Brace http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-legend-se-4-knee-brace Both of these braces have our four points of leverage strapping sytem which will keep the leg stable. The Playmaker is made of a cool spacer material that breathes very well. The SE-4 is more supportive becuase it is a rigid hinged knee brace.
  • From Angie Wong at 2/8/2014 11:18 PM
    • Hello:
      I ski and skate regularly and had ACL injuries (now healed) last year. I use the Playmaker brace on the injured knee and it's been great in supporting my knee through tough skiing days.

      As I ski more aggressive slopes while getting older, I am wondering if you would recommend the Hinged Knee Brace or another model for my other knee which thankfully has not been injured. I would like something less bulky than the Playmaker.

      Thanks a lot!
      Angie
    • Angie
      The DonJoy Deluxe hinge knee brace will provide stability to both the medial and lateral ligament of the leg but it doesn't have the same level of protection as the playmaker. If you have no injury on the side you want to brace, it will give general support
  • From Jen at 2/9/2014 3:41 PM
    • I have an MCL injury with much pain and inflamation on inner knee. I bought a Reaction Web brace, but it is painful to wear. Do you recommend this hinged knee brace instead? Will it cause pain to my inner knee also?
    • Jen
      The MCl tends to be very tender when injured but that will evetually go away. The Deluxe hinged knee is a better brace to protect that ligament. The hinge is on the outside of the sleeve so hopfully htat will be a little more comfortable than the Reaction
  • From Bob at 3/6/2014 2:13 PM
    • I just had meniscus surgery on my left knee and may need it on my right knee as well. I'm an electrician and I'm up and down ladders and bending and kneeling a lot. what brace would you recommend for me to help me when I'm at work and can get back to work faster.
      Thanks
      Bob
    • Bob
      The DonJoy Deluxe hinged Knee Brace or the Economy hinged knee brace would both work for you. both braces give mild support to the knee. The Economy hinged knee brace has the hinges sewn into the fabric instead of on the outside the brace.
  • From Leslie at 3/16/2014 9:06 AM
    • I am a 50yo female who completely tore my right ACL 17 years ago. I didn't have surgery and am able to do most activities with no pain. I am a 15 mile per week runner, also some cross training. Over the past year or so I have had right foot and heel pain, and also hip pain that has not responded well to chiropractic and massage treatments. I stopped running in December thinking that might be the cause, and did non-impact training, yoga, and Pilates until now. When I tried walking and running again in March the foot pain returned and hip stiffness remains. The knee is generally stable but there is some sloppiness. Which brace would help, and allow me to run again?
    • Leslie
      For just running the DonJoy Economy hinged knee Brace will give you moderate support for your knee. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-economy-hinged-knee I would suggest you see your medical practitioner for the issue with your foot and hip, unless you have already.
  • From maria at 4/13/2014 11:11 AM
    • I have osteoarthritis in the knee also I have lots of pain in the area in the back of the knee what do I need open popliteal or close popliteal and sleeve or wraparound for my type of arthritis also what material do you recommend.
    • Maria
      The popliteal opening is there if you get pinching in the back of your knee from the fabric of the brace. I usually suggest getting the pop opening if you have a big leg or have a history of knee braces pinching behind your knee. You can get the brace is a sleeve which is pulled up over the knee, or a wrap-around which is wrapped on with velcro. The material is Neoprenen and Drytex. Drytex is a little cooler and esier to put on if getting the sleeve
  • From lindsay at 4/25/2014 11:38 AM
    • My daughter tore her patella ligament. Doctor says she needs to wear patella J brace. Do you recommend the hinged wrap around Donjoy brace? I was thinking that if I purchase the hinged version, she can continue wearing it during future sport activites.
    • Thank you for your question. The DonJoy Deluxe Hinged Knee brace is not going to be as specific to the patellar diagnosis your daughter has as the Lateral J would be. The lateral J can be worn during spots and activities. You can also purchase the Hinged Lateral J, which would provide added support to the knee joint as a whole.
  • From Jose feliciano at 4/30/2014 10:41 AM
    • Hello i wanted know about match for me braces cuz I got surgery yesterday meniscus tear removed, sew on left knee please let me know thanks http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-deluxe-open-knee-support
    • Make sure your doctor wants you to wear a brace. After that surgery a sleeve would be sufficient.
  • From Wayne at 5/2/2014 11:44 AM
    • 71 yr old male. Good health. 2013 experienced lower back pain (yet again). Began to have issues with leg mobility (nerve damage). August had L4/L5 laminectomy. DecemberL right leg gave out at the knee. Nerves slowly recovered but right leg still is "gimpy" and knee sometimes feels unsteady but has not failed. Have been biking and walking to build strength. Looking for right leg knee brace for 10K run/walk. Thoughts?
    • Wayne
      You need a general hinged knee brace to give all-around stability. We would suggest either the DonJoy Deluxe Hinged Knee Brace or the Economy Hinged knee Brace http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-economy-hinged-knee Either one of these braces should give you the support that you require
  • From Gil Golding at 5/3/2014 9:35 AM
    • I have a 15.8'" knee cap. The thigh and calf are medium. Which size should I order - medium or large.
    • The medium will fit fine
  • From Pat at 5/8/2014 4:33 PM
    • Im 6'5" 300 lbs have meniscus tear left knee. Play racquetball and golf. need confidence when playing. What would you recommend?
    • Thank you for your question. The Deluxe Hinged Knee can be used for meniscus tears. However, if you have a medial or a lateral tear, you may want to look at the OA Adjuster 3. This is a good brace for active/athletic people. It would be able to unload the side that has the tear to alleviate the pain.
  • From Phillip Linker at 5/11/2014 8:05 AM
    • I have had surgery for a torn miniscus and some how it got rsinjured during physical therapy then had surgery a second time which caused a blood clot to my leg .I may have to live with this pain the rest of my life. I have had trouble in the past finding the right size brace with hinges. My knee mizures around 22" thigh & 17" shin what size as nd type do u recommend.
    • We have the DonJoy Deluxe Hinged Knee Brace and we also have the Economy Hinged Knee Brace. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-economy-hinged-knee You would wear a large in our sizing.
  • From Roberto Birquet at 7/13/2014 6:13 AM
    • My doctor has just reported that my scan shows a complete tear of the ACL.

      The accident occured over three months ago, but initial tests by a nurse, she believed there was no tear, just stretched or damaged tendon. I rested three weeks, then started light exercise inlcuding hiking and gym work, including recently static bicycle workouts.

      I briefly felt some discomfort when i twisted, but that was all.
      I have twice gingerly attempted playing football (that is soccer) and felt my knee go. the last time, it blew up, and i saw a physio who advised i stop most sport including hiking and get a scan.

      I at least want to get back to hiking - 15-20 miles a day once a week.

      Is there a race suitable? I see a surgeon in a week or so to discuss surgery. I have little other info at this time
      thank you
    • Roberto
      I would suggest the Playmaker II with the fource point hinge for now. I you have surgery, or once you go back to playng soccer I sould think about one of our rigid ACL braces such as the DonJoy Armor or the DonJoy Defiance.
      http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-playmaker-ii-fourcepoint The Playmaker II with the FourcePoint hinge will give you some protection for hiking.
  • From john at 7/27/2014 1:42 PM
    • would you recommend the donjoy deluxe hinged knee for a football player?
    • John
      It depends on the type of injury the football player has and what position. The Deluxe will give medial and lateral support but not much support for the ACL and PCL. A lineman wearing this for preventative will not get much support from it
  • From Doug at 7/28/2014 8:47 PM
    • I tore my MCL about 5 years ago. It healed. I just recently tore LCL and lat. meniscus and then had ortho surgery to clean the lat. min. I train jui jitsu. I occasionally shoot some basketball and play racquetball. I'm 56, but in good shape and don't plan on slowing down much for some years. I want to protect my weaker knee. Do you have recommendations? I'm looking at the deluxe hinged, delux hinged with air, and the playmaker. I do like the idea of limiting the bent position of my knee so I do not experience max pressure when I'm on my back and a jui jitsu opponent is pressuring me from top (pushing down on my shins and knees). I notice that the hinged brace with air can limit position, but I don't see the same features in the others although it looks like they have the same hinge.
    • Doug
      The Playmaker and the hinged air knee come with stops that can be installed in the hinge to limit range of motion of the knee, the Deluxe does not come with those stops. I would suggest the Playmaker II knee brace. It has lighter material so it is cooler and won't bunch up behind the knee. May be more comfortable for JuiJitsu. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-playmaker-ii-knee-brace-2
  • From Joan at 8/1/2014 6:28 PM
    • I am on Medicare. I got my first DJ Orthopedic knee hinged brace through my orthopedic, who furnished me with it. His office filed all the necessary Medicare forms. If I order a replacement brace from you, will you file the Medicare forms and have me only pay you the co-pay? If not, can you recommend Medical Supply stores that will do this for me? Thank you.
    • Joan
      We do not bill Medicare for braces on this website. You would need to go through your physicians office or one of our DJo Sales Reps for the brace to be billed to Medicare. To finde you local DJO Sales Rep please follow this link: http://www.djoglobal.com/contact-us/sales-rep-locator Medicare will only allow one brace per a certain time period, depending on the brace, wso I would check with Medicare to see if they will cover another brace.
  • From Jim at 8/10/2014 2:29 AM
    • Hello i had a meniscus tear playing soccer. i was wondering what would be the best brace for me to us as my activities include soccer, paintball, weight training and soon MMA training as well.
    • Jim
      Take a look at eh Reaction Web Knee Brace. It will relieve any pain in the front of your knee and will be lightwieght enough for all of the sports you mentioned. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-reaction-knee-brace If you are looking for something with a little more stability then the Economy hinged Knee brace is another choice for you. It will give medial and lateral support with thte hinges in the braces. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-economy-hinged-knee
  • From Dan at 8/16/2014 8:57 AM
    • What is the difference between open and closed popliteal ???
    • Dan
      The popliteal opening would be a open hole behind the knee, on the backside of the brace
  • From gamal at 8/17/2014 3:19 PM
    • I have a torn medial meniscus tear for about 50 days that my orthopedic Dr. recommended no surgery for it since it is degenerative. I love walking and it is my most loved sport, recreation and weight losing method. Following my improved knee condition with the use of NSAID, rest and cryotherapy I thought to try to practice walking again and I walked for more than 2 miles without stopping. The swelling above my knee came back and I had to call the Dr. to refill my NSAID. Sometimes I feel that the full knee extension that happen while walking is the cause for inflammation and if it can be reduced to -10 or a bit more then I can stop the inflammation from happening following a long walk. Do you think DonJoy Deluxe Hinged Knee Brace would be the right brace for me? Also do you have a vendor in NYC that I can visit and check my options there? Thanks.
    • To contact a sales rep in your area please follow this link: http://www.djoglobal.com/contact-us/sales-rep-locator
      It is possible that the Deluxe hinged Knee brace will help with a meniscus tear. The brace will cive compression and medial and lateral support of the knee. It comes with a 10 degree extension stop installed so that might help with the full extension
  • From gamal at 8/17/2014 3:43 PM
  • From karen at 8/21/2014 10:40 PM
    • I need a hinged knee brace for a patella problem and stabilitity but it has to have an open back as well , what do you recommend
    • Karen
      If you need a hinged brace for patellar stabilization and an open popliteal area then the only brace we have is the DonJoy Tru-Pull Advanced System. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-tru-pull-advanced-system-1 This brace helps keep the kneecap tracking in the correct posision and can come with hinges and an open back.
  • From Audrey at 8/31/2014 9:57 PM
    • Hi, Do I need a prescription from my doctor to
      purchase any of your product?
    • No we do not require a prescription however we do not bill insurance
  • From Bill at 9/5/2014 1:25 PM
    • Is there any advantage or disadvantage between Playmaker and Playmaker ll for a MCL injury. (Playmaker ll description seems to emphasize ACL but mentions increased flexion angles.)
      MCL related-
      Performer Patella has spiral stays, Performer Hinged Patella has aluminum hinges. Would you please explain in more detail what this is and means in each case and any differences in flexion angle range and lateral support between them.
      What is the Donjoy Hinged Knee mentioned on the Donjoy Deluxe Hinged Knee page and how do the two compare.
      (Thank you for your comprehensive web site.)
    • Bill
      For a MCL injury you will want a brace with hinges on both sides of the knee such as the Deluxe Hinged Knee, and the Playmakers. The difference between the Plamakers and the Deluxe is that the Playmakers are longer and have the four straps which is going to give more support for the ACL. The Deluxe has only two straps and will work for the MCL, not as much for the ACL. Increased Flexion angles are related to the fourcepoint hinge that comes on one of our Playmaker II models that is a special hinge for the ACL so you would not need that hinge for a MCL. The Performer is a brace for people with knee cap pain or just anterior knee pain. Hope this helps clear some things up
  • From Starr at 9/15/2014 1:51 PM
    • I have a 15-yeard old daughter who plays basketball year around. Almost 2 years ago she had a knee scope for a tear in her meniscus. We have returned to playing but she is having some issues with the same knee, ie bucklling and giving out. She plays point and wing. Which would you recommend. I was looking at the Full Force, which is a bit pricey. Any othe suggestions?
    • Thank you for your questions. Something with hinges will be best for your daughter. The deluxe hinged knee is a good option. You can look at the Playmaker 2 with ForcePoint hinge as well. Please let us know if you have any additional questions.
  • From Jeff at 10/1/2014 9:15 AM
    • 2 quick questions:
      I'm considering purchasing 2 of either the 'Economy Hinged Knee' or the 'Deluxe Hinged Knee' braces.

      1. It seems the only difference is one having the hinge 'exposed' and the other the hinge is 'covered'. Any info on any difference that might make performance-wise in sports? Recommendation?

      and

      2. I (as someone else on your message board mentioned) have had trouble in the past with knee braces sliding down on my leg, even with velcro straps. Any thoughts on whether the 'wrap-around' or 'sleeve' version of these soft hinged braces provides better performance? (i.e. do you lose 'snugness' with the wrap-around, or notice the wrap-around losing 'hold' quicker than the sleeve version?)

      Thanks so much.
    • The only difference between the Econmy Hinged Knee and the Deluxe is the hinge. The hinege on the Deluxe is a heaveir duty hinge that is free and the Economy has encased hinges. The sleeve is the better option for athletics to help decrease the slipping.
  • From Laura at 10/7/2014 10:22 AM
    • I have an old hypertension injury that has led to many minor sprains and weaknesses in my knee. I am currently heavier than I usually am and have been suffering from knee pain. I need a brace that I can wear that will support and help me be more active with less pain. Do you have any recommendations?
    • Laura
      I would suggest the Playmaker II with the fourcepoint hinge. The hinge offers some resistance to extension to help with the hyper-extension. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-playmaker-ii-fourcepoint
  • From Chris at 10/10/2014 12:43 PM
    • My doctor told me I have a torn ACL and I need to wear a brace. Can you recommend a good one? I'm not really in to sports, but I do walk a lot and some exercise. I would like to be able to walk with out feeling like my knee is going to buckle under me or having the continued pain I have when I walk for a period of time.

      Thank you.
    • Chris
      The Playmaker II is a soft hinged knee brace with our fourcepoint hinge . The brace is for support of the ACL and could be worn by someone who has a ACL tear and does not participate in sports yet still give support to the knee http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-playmaker-ii-fourcepoint
  • From Omar at 10/24/2014 7:34 AM
    • I recently had an ACL & meniscus surgery. The doctor shaved my meniscus due to the tear location and as a result i lost 10% of my meniscus. the doctor used a hamstring graft to replace my ACL. What brace do I need? Also, this surgery happened on my right knee, are all braces good for both knees or you have ones designed for the right knee and ones for the left knee? I also think I got paranoid after the surgery and I'll start wearing braces for BOTH knees when i'm back to sports, is this a good idea?
      thanks
    • Omar
      Following an ACL Reconstruction you will want to be wearing a rigid knee brace. Depending on what sports you play will decide if you should be wearing the Do Joy Armor with Fourcepoint hinge: http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-armor-knee-brace-with-fourcepoint-hinge or the Don Joy Full Force Ligament knee brace: http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-fullfource-ligament-knee-brace The Armor is for contact sports and the Full force is for non-contact. Both will provid the protection you will need for your knee. The braces are right and left specific, so one for the right and one for the left
  • From Theresa at 11/22/2014 12:16 AM
    • My doctor has recommended this brace for me. However, I need a XXL top and and XL bottom. If I order the wrap around in the XXL, will I be able to tighten the bottom to correctly fit the calf?
    • Theresa
      If you have a XXL thigh and a XL calf and you purchase the XXL the calf portioin of the brace will be big on you and the brace may slide down. If you order the XL it may not fit on the thigh. You can order this brace as a special from DJO direct 800336-6569. You will need to measure your leg in five different places. 6" and 4" above and below the mid kneecap and the circumference of the center of the knee. There is a $50 up charge and the brace will take 10-14 days to receive. This is a custom and cannot be returned.
  • From Stephen at 12/7/2014 9:00 AM
    • I have a hinged knee brace wraparound that I got two years ago after meniscus tear surgery. The brace slips down after more than 3 hours of wear and the hinge digs into my calf. Would it help to wear it over my pants? I work in an office and wear dress pants.
    • You may have lost weight and that is why it is sliding down. You can wear it over your pants. The bar can be bended slightly away from you calf to stop that digging in
  • From john at 12/16/2014 7:45 PM
    • hi went to doctor he said xrays showed moderate MCL told me should were brace i work on concrete floors 9hrs a day,,i do trail hiking Also i do obstacle racing thru water,mud will the mud bind hinge? budget 150 thankyou
    • John
      The Deluxe Hinged Knee would be the correct knee brace. the hinge should be okay as long as you rinse the brace and hinge after getting mud on it.
  • From Jen at 12/21/2014 7:30 AM
    • I have EDS, which is a genetic collagen defect and causes loose joints and dislocations. My knees hyperextend both by bending backwards and they also go sideways. Would this brace (with the hinge stops added) help both of those issues? Do the hinge stops cost extra, and can they be adjusted easily?
    • Jen
      I would suggest the Playmaker instead of the Deluxe Hinged knee. The length of the brace may help prevent the hyperextension better than the other brace. Also the stops come with the brace so you will not have to order them seperatly. You are going to want to use either the 20 or 30 degree extesion stops in the brace to limit hyperextension. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-playmaker-ii-knee-brace The stops can be installed with a phillips screwdriver
  • From Karen at 12/29/2014 9:09 AM
    • I fractured my patella a year ago, along with a history of long term chondromalacia and knee pain with increased activity. I want to return to skiing, and as a possible preventive device to further injury, wonder what would be the best brace. Thank you.
    • Karen
      If you are lookiing for support of the kneecap I would suggest the Reaction web knee Brace. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-reaction-knee-brace the web design absrbs forces to the front of the knee and disperses the force aseay from the kneecap to decrease anterior knee pain. If you want something with medial and lateral support then the Deluxe hinge would be the best brace
  • From Hannah Gatrost at 1/1/2015 9:30 AM
    • Okay, my dad had blown both of his acl's within about two months of each other. I've been wanting to get him a brace. He use to have a donjoy but he can't remember what kind. He just wants it to help with knee pain/swelling that he has frequently, what would you recommend?
    • Hannah
      I would suggest the Playmaker II knee braces for your father. The braces offer moderate protection for the ACL and other ligament of the knee and the sleeve design will offer compression. The spacer material is light wieght. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-playmaker-ii-knee-brace
  • From Frank at 1/17/2015 9:54 AM
    • I am 50 years old, have meniscus and cartilage damage in my left knee (2 scopes). I have constant pain in the knee, which is usually lateral but sometimes migrates. I am an avid skier (aggressive) and typically get pain and swelling after I ski. I am looking for a brace that will prolong my skiing and allow me more consecutive days of skiing. I was considering an OA brace but a comment about migratory pain me me question my decision. I am also looking at the soft, hinged brace. Thoughts?
    • Frank
      The best brace would be the OA Adjuster 3 Knee Brace for lateral compartment. this brace is light weight and strong enough to withstand contact that would happen when you are skiing. If you would like to try something smaller and less bulky the OA Reaction Web knee Brace will give some of that same unloading of the lateral compartment in a smaller brace. The left latera/right medial is the brace to choose. Like the OA Adjuster 3, the Reaction will create an unloading of the lateral knee compartment to help decrease pain. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-oa-adjuster-3-knee-brace http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-oa-reaction-web-knee-brace
  • From Josh K at 1/19/2015 10:10 AM
    • Hi there-

      I have had many knee surgeries over the last 15yrs such as a shattered knee cap and my knee is obviously not as stable as it use to be. I'm 35yrs old and an ex-athlete and professional firefighter. My latest surgery was a torn patellar tendon rupture and torn quad muscle.

      I'm needing something to help provide with stability and pain mgmt. (more on the stability side). I have noticed that it affects my job at times and want something to help out. Is there something you could recommend?

      Thanks in advance!
    • Josh
      I would suggest the Paymaker knee brace with a patella donut. The brace frovide support and stability to the knee and the patellar donut will give some support around the kneecap. The Drytex material is cooler than neoprene. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-playmaker-knee-brace
  • From Al at 1/24/2015 8:10 AM
    • I am a raft guide and I suffered a meniscus tear last year which required surgery. The knee still feels unstable at times and I fear another tear while rafting. I am looking for a brace that can handle being wet a lot and that will stabilize my knee while rafting. Would the DonJoy Deluxe Hinged Knee Brace be the right one?
    • Al
      I would suggest the Playmaker II knee brace. the brace is a little longer than the Deluxe hinged knee brace but the spacer material is a thinner material that is not as hot and will not collect water like the Drytex might. The brace offers excellent support for the knee. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-playmaker-ii-knee-brace
  • From Holly at 1/25/2015 1:27 PM
    • Hi, My daughter is 11 and is undergoing her second knee surgery in 2years for a meniscus tear in the posterior horn and cyst on the medial side. my concern is that with her being VERY active in sports (Basketball, Soccer, Softball) and very young, is that she will need a brace that will give support, absorb shock while running as a portion of her meniscus will be removed with this upcoming surgery, something that will be comfortable, light weight, and wont need to be readjusted while she is playing. any suggestions?
    • Holly
      Either the Deluxe hinged knee brace will work and another option is the Reaction Web knee Brace. It is a lot lower profile than the hinged knee brace but absobs forces on the knee joint and dispearses them away from the front of the knee. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-reaction-knee-brace
  • From Garrett Mixon at 2/3/2015 11:48 AM
    • I have a torn medial meniscus on the left knee and surgery required partial removal of the ligament two years ago. I'm looking to get back into rugby so I need a brace that's geared towards high activity with elite stability and mobility. What brace would you recommend for my situation? Thank you.
    • Garrett
      I would suggest the Playmaker II knee Brace. the brace offers great support for all ligaments of the knee and can be worn during sports activity. The spacer material is light weight and breathable. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-playmaker-ii-knee-brace
  • From Vince Feula at 2/6/2015 10:26 PM
    • i had ACL, MCL and Meniscus surgery in 2000. I had a meniscus scope on the same knee in 2006 and then had the same thing again a little over a month ago. I am experiencing a lot of grinding on the top area of my knee cap when loading and unloading the knee as well as suffering from a little arthritis. I am a very active person who still loves to play basketball and football still at the age of 32. Which brace do you recommend (best comfort and flexibility as well) thank you.
    • Vince
      Since you are experiencing grinding and pain under the kneecap you will want a brace that will support that area of your knee. The Don Joy Reaction Web Knee Brace is a great brace for someone who suffers from anterior knee pain. The brace is light wieght low profile and really does a great job decreasing that pain under the kneecap. If you are looking for something with hinges, I would suggest the Playmaker II with the option of a patellar donut to help with the kneecap. The Playmaker II is a great brace for overall ligament protection and the patellar donut option will help around the kneecap.
      http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-playmaker-ii-knee-brace http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-reaction-knee-brace
  • From Wesley at 2/27/2015 10:45 AM
    • I have gotten 2 knee surgeries for my lateral meniscus. One in january 2014 and the second in december 2014. I play football, running back and linebacker. I am looking for a knee brace that with help me keep my knee stable, but will not to hold me back on the field. I was looking at the dytex hinged knee brace, would you recommend that brace or would you recommend something different?
    • Wesley
      The Deluxe Hinged knee brace will give your knee gerenral support and mild to moderate protection for knee injuries. This brace should work for what you are interested in using it for.
  • From goody at 2/28/2015 11:49 AM
    • I have had meniscus tears a couple times and the knee cleaned out a few times.
      My knee stays swollen and stiff from march to Oct. I also have pain at the bottom of the joint on the medial side from the continuous bending I do when umpiring baseball and softball. I can also turn to quick and cause pain like a strain in my knee.
      I was wondering which brace might help me with the swelling and pain.
      Thanks
    • Goody
      I would suggest the Don Joy Economy Hinged Knee brace for your knee. If you get it in the sleeve version it will help with swelling by compression and it has two hinges that will help prevent any twisting motion to decrease your pain. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-economy-hinged-knee
  • From Jim G at 3/8/2015 11:51 AM
    • I am an active 56 year old male who plays ice hockey 2-3x/week. I suffered a partial ACL tear (left knee) many years ago, and have used many different knee braces over the years. The biggest complaint I've had with the braces I have used to date is that the plastic loop through which one adjusts the tightness of the velcro straps on the knee brace breaks after anywhere from 6-12 months or so.

      I'm looking for a design that provides the lateral stability that I need, but is more durable and long-lasting than the models I've used to date. It also needs to be small and compact enough to accommodate a hockey shin guard placed over the need and shin.

      What do you recommend? Thanks!
    • Jim
      The Playmaker II is a good knee brace to use for medial and lateral protection plus ACL protection. The brace is low profile cool to wear. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-playmaker-ii-knee-brace
  • From Shawn C at 3/9/2015 6:29 PM
    • I have a doc. order for a DonJoy Playmaker hinged knee brace for a R knee valgus deformity post knee replacement. I need a brace that will provided knee alignment to discourage a valgus deformity.
      What would you recommend?
      Thanks.
    • Shawn
      The Playmaker will not correct the valgus deformity, only give medial and lateral support. The OA Full force for the lateral compartment will push the knee out towards the lateral side, helping to bring the knee out of the deformity.http://www.betterbraces.com/oa-fullforce-knee-brace
  • From Tia at 3/26/2015 7:53 AM
    • I partially dislocated my knee 3 days ago, and on my follow-up we found it had slide out again a bit. I have a history of trauma to this knee and my Chiro is suggesting a wrap around, hinged knee brace, that can independent adjustments on the top and bottom. He also says that my patella is not tracking right due to weak muscles which we are working on with PT.

      Suggestions for the best brace?

    • Tia
      Because of the dislocation and patellar mal-tracking you need a patelofemoral knee brace with hinges. Unfortunately this typ of knee brace does not usually come in a wrap around syle. We do not have any on Betterbrace.com. I would reccommend the don Joy Hinged Lateral J knee brace from our site if you can wear a sleeve. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-lateral-j-patella-knee-brace
      If you want to try to get a wrap around, we do have this type of knee brace in our BellHorn line. The Prosyle Hinged knee Wrap has hinges and a patellar buttress in a wrap style. http://www.bell-horn.com/Orthopedics/Knee-Braces/ProStyle-Hinged-Knee-Wrap
      This brace would have to be ordered by calling DJO Direct at 800-336-6569

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