The DonJoy Playmaker knee brace provides dependable support for mild to moderate ACL and/or PCL, MCL and LCL instabilities. What makes this knee brace unique from other soft-hinged knee braces is the incorporation of DonJoy’s revolutionary Four-Points-of-Leverage, which is clinically proven to reduce instability in the ACL.
In addition to providing superior ACL support, the Playmaker is an extremely comfortable brace to wear. A low profile design, breathable fabric, and polycentric hinges that allow for uninhibited movement of the knee make this brace a favorite amongst athletes.
The DonJoy Playmaker knee brace is available as a sleeve or wraparound brace, and with or without open popliteal cutout (opening behind the knee). Not sure what version is right for you? Check out our explanation of these options on the "Ask a Question" tab above.
The DonJoy Playmaker knee brace is used to treat or prevent the following injuries
Mild to moderate ligament instabilities including the ACL, PCL, MCL, and/or LCL.
Product Features…and the benefits you’ll experience!
Four-Points-of-Leverage The strap design of the Playmaker knee brace family enhances support of the knee joint, and in particular, the anterior cruciate ligament. Learn how Four-Points-of-Leverage works.
Polycentric Hinges These hinges conform to the knee joint's natural motion so you’ll get to enjoy uninhibited movement of your knee.
Drytex Fabric This lightweight fabric is a neoprene alternative that provides better airflow, which is ideal for those who live in warmer climates or suffer from allergies.
Available as a Sleeve or Wraparound brace You can choose the style you’re most comfortable putting on.
Sizing and Measurements:
Click on the Size Chart tab above to learn how to measure your leg to determine what brace size you need.
Take the measurement of your thigh and calf 6"
above and below your kneecap using a flexible
type tape measure. Use the circumference you measure
here to choose your size.
13" - 15.5" (33-39 cm)
12"-13" (30-33 cm)
10"-12" (25-30 cm)
15.5" - 18 .5" (39-47 cm)
13"-14" (33-35 cm)
12"-14" (30-35 cm)
18.5" - 21" (47-53 cm)
14"-15" (35-38 cm)
14"-16" (35-40 cm)
21" - 23.5" (53-60 cm)
15"-17" (38-43 cm)
16"-18" (40-45 cm)
23.5" - 26.5" (60-67 cm)
17"-19" (43-48 cm)
18"-20" (45-50 cm)
26.5" - 29.5" (67-75 cm)
19"-21" (48-53 cm)
20"-22" (50-55 cm)
29.5" - 32" (75-83 cm)
21"-23" (53-58 cm)
22"-24" (55-60 cm)
1.Stand with your
legs shoulder-width apart, legs slightly
bent and leg muscles contracted.
2. Measure up six
inches from the center of your knee with
a tape measure, as shown.
3. Measure the
circumference of your thigh at the
6-inch mark, as shown.
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
DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace reviews
The brace for the right knee is great and what an improvement to my golf game. Now I have to figure out what to do with the left one. It time for another surgery and replacement. - Golf Guru
Generally speaking I have weak knees resulting from years of gymnastics. Even after reconstructive knee surgery I get a little nervous when participating in sports, especially skiing. This ski season I decided to get this brace and I was very pleased. The Playmaker was not bulky and easily fit under my ski pants. More than anything I loved the support I got from this brace. When I was wearing this brace I was much less concerned about possibly re-injuring my knee. It was also great at keeping my knee warm, which really helped cut back on the general achiness I feel after being out in the snow.
I would definitely recommend this brace if you've previously hurt your knee and you're looking for some extra support when participating in sports. - Alison
I wear this brace when I play basketball and it works really well. - Robert
I wear this brace when I am walking in the mornings for exercise, this is my second one and I am about to order another one due to weight loss. I recommend this brace to everyone with this knee problem. - ANGELA
I ordered this brace due to a MCL tear in my left knee, the brace provided great support for the short time I wore it. However I am returning it due to the fact that the stitching on the inside that keeps the hinge attaching to the drytex matrial irritates my inner thigh...this might be due to the fact that I am a bigger guy considering I am a offensive lineman. I love DonJoy products and would not wear anything else. - shindig
I had a lesser knee brace I bought at Sports Authority and what a world of difference the DonJoy Playmaker has been for me. My advice is to steer clear of the mass retail products and stick with a medical company like DonJoy - Santo
My knee has MCL/LCL damage, and this knee brace has helped dramatically. It's an order of magnitude better than any of the braces sold at sporting goods or drug stores. If you need real support I recommend not wasting time trying out multiple flimsy braces and try this right away.
The brace has stops you can install which keep your knee from bending more than 15,30,45,or 90 degrees. I discovered that once I installed the 90 stops my knee ceased becoming progressively more sore as the day went on.
A warning about picking a size though, these braces seem to run HUGE. I'm a 6'2" 210lb guy, and a medium is almost too big. I think if I had purchased the sleeve version it would be too big, but the wraparound version has more flexibility with how tight you choose to make it. I recommend the wraparound version.
I also chose the open popliteal and it's been comfortable in the... err.. popliteal region. - Kyle
Just wanted to give ya'll congrats on such a great product,i had acl reconstruction surgery on my right knee and they gave me one of the donjoy playmaker knee braces and i just wanted to say thank you for such a cool product. I would defintely suggest these to any of my friends and family. P.S. thanks again - Rick
I suffered major knee damage skiing last season, including a torn ACL. Returned to the slopes this year with the beefiest brace I could find at a sports store, only to feel like I was holding my breath and tip-toeing down every run. Not any more! This is a robust and well made brace that is very comfortable. The drytex fabric is nicely breathable. The whole thing fits easily underneath my ski pants, with no binding or tight spots. Best of all, it gives great support and protection so I can enjoy skiing again instead of worrying that I am tempting fate with every turn. I am skiing relaxed, confident and happy. I've already recommended this brace to several friends. - Syl
I played my first home game last night with this knee brace on. I loved it so much. The metal on the sides keep my knee aligned right from hits and cuts. The only problem I found was that it was sliding down every snap, it may be the way i put it on or its to big, either way its a great brace for athletes - Trace
I had major knee surgery back in high school, which 10 yrs ago. I have tried many different types of knee braces but Donjoy is the best yet! As a PE teacher and coach it is required for me to be on my feet majority of the day. Because of this brace I now can do that. - Coachjab31
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Questions on DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace
From Ryan at 3/19/10 3:32 PM
What is the difference between the sleeve and wraparound version?
A sleeve version of this knee brace requires you to remove your shoe and slide the knee brace over your foot.
A wraparound knee brace is applied to the knee by wrapping it around and attaching it with Velcro.
Each version has it's own pros and cons:
Sleeve Knee Brace
Pros: Fits more snugly and stays in place. Once it's on it's requires little adjustment
Cons: Harder to get on and off, doesn't work well over pants
Wraparound Knee Brace
Pros: Easier to apply especially for those with less hand strength, can be worn over thin pants, can be tightened or loosened for a more adjustable fit. Great for users who can't bend over as well and have trouble getting a sleeve on or off.
Cons: Velcro can loosen during activity requiring a quick tightening of the Velcro.
From Alison at 3/25/10 10:31 AM
What does Open Popliteal mean?
The popliteal describes the area in the back of the knee where your knee bends. When a knee brace has an opening the back we say it has an "Open Popliteal". The benefits of an open popliteal knee brace is they tend to be more comfortable than other knee braces that are closed in the back. There is less pinching of the material when your knee is bent. They are also a bit cooler as more skin is exposed.
From Stephen at 4/8/10 7:45 AM
I had undergone an ACL surgery almost 10 years ago now. And during this 10 years I never played major sports.
As of today I still feel that my ACLK is not so effective, as knee is quite free, and I fear that it might give away easily.
Now I would like to play sports like Squash, Tennis , Basket ball can you please advise the best brace which should be suitable.
I understand that you are looking for an ACL brace that is geared for a more active lifestyle. Since you aren't playing any contact sports, I'll reccommend a non-rigid brace.
In addition to providing superior ACL support, the Playmaker is an extremely comfortable brace to wear. A low profile design, breathable fabric, and polycentric hinges that allow for uninhibited movement of the knee make this brace a favorite amongst athletes.
The DonJoy Playmaker knee brace is available as a sleeve or wraparound brace, and with or without open popliteal cutout (opening behind the knee)
From Jun at 4/12/10 5:46 PM
What knee brace is best for runners? I recently had ACL reconstruction and would like to ease back into running and possibly no contact sport (volleyball, basketball, etc). What knee brace do you recommend?
The Donjoy Drytex Playmaker is a great brace to wear if you are trying to ease back into any athletic activity. It will protect and stabalize the ACL/MCL/LCL/PCL ligaments while active. We recommend wearing the cooler more breathable Drytex version for added comfort since you will be running and playing sports in the brace.
From Linda at 5/17/10 6:43 PM
I have moderate osteoarthritis with a moderate ACL tear. Which brace would be right for me?
If your doctor has diagnosed you with compartmental OA then one of our OA braces would be best. With an ACL tear the OA Adjuster is recommended. We recommend talking to your doctor to see if an OA brace is needed, if all you need is ligament support and stability the Playmaker is the best choice. It will stabilize your ACL to help prevent further injury.
From Sandy at 5/23/10 3:52 AM
My daughter recently strained her knee while playing softball. An MRI revealed a 5-10% tear in her ACL and a medial meniscus tear. She has been under a drs. care but he recently released her to play whatever she wants without a brace. He opted not to do an ACL surgery at this time and thinks the meniscus will heal on its own. I concerned about her further tearing her ACL although the doctor said it is stable. She is in basketball, volleyball, softball, and is a runner. She wants to continue doing these things and I would feel better if she wore a brace for support. She just recently finished her freshman year. I would like for her to get a brace so she can play those sports in her high school career. What do you recommend?
Ultimately her doctor will know best. But the DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace would be a good choice for lower impact activities like you mentioned. A more rigid knee brace like the DonJoy FullForce would be the next step up in the amount of protect. The more rigid the materials a knee brace is made from the more protection it typically offers. Check with her doctor to see if the DonJoy Playmaker will be good for her ACL issue.
From Graham at 6/8/10 10:28 PM
Hi, I am looking for a knee support/brace that I can wear while playing golf, one that will allow me to walk but restrict any twisting action during my swing. The main aim is to preserve what medial meniscus I have left in my right knee. In the past 18 months I have torn the medial meniscus in my right knee twice, both times in the same area and both times I have had surgery to remove the tear. I am also showing early signs of arthritis so I may also need to consider this when choosing a support. Do you have a brace that you can recommend?
The Donjoy Playmaker Knee Brace is an ideal brace for your type of injury and works great while playing golf. The medial and lateral hinges provide excellent ligament support and stabilizes your knee. The Drytex material is great for warmer weather as it allows for more airflow.
From Amy at 7/22/10 1:12 PM
I am a 3 sport athlete and play basketball, softball and volleyball. I recently was diagnosed with a fat pad injury, but also have a severe hyperextension problem. Earlier in the injury I had an acl sprain as well. My therapist is giving me a brace, but isn't sure which one. What do you recommend?
We actually recommend the DonJoy Full Force Knee Brace. This will help protect against further injury, and prevent hyper extension. Follow the link for more product information.
I am intersted in drytex playmaker wraparound /sleeve. I only will use it for surfing. The question is does all that neoprene make it heavier in the water?
The Neoprene material is same material used in a surfers wetsuit. The brace will get heavier in the water, but not to the point where it becomes unusable.
If you use this brace in salt water, be sure to rinse with fresh water after use.
From Mike at 9/11/10 10:51 AM
I had artroscopic surgury to excise damaged portions of both my medial menisci and lateral menisci. During surgury my ACL wa found to be completely torn. I opted not to undergo ACL repair surgury. If I intend to play softball/golf which brace would you believe best for me.
The DonJoy Drytex Playmaker Wraparound/Sleeve will be a great brace for your activity level.
From Jessica at 10/18/10 2:22 PM
What are the instructions to wash the knee brace?
Hand wash, or machine wash on the delicate cycle, in cold water with a mild detergent, and lay flat to dry.
From Jerry at 11/7/10 9:26 AM
I have had a full knee replacement and have a torn MCL and would like to get back into golf and softball. Will the wrap-around Playmaker help protect my knee and mcl and reduce the mcl pain for these activities?
The DonJoy Playmaker will offer some protection and support for your knee. The compression it provides may help reduce some of the pain as well. If you feel like you need more support and protection consider a Rigid Knee Brace like the DonJoy Armor. The Playmaker is great for lighter activities like golf and softball. If you get into any contact sports the DonJoy Armor will offer more protection for your knee.
From gabino at 11/7/10 12:12 PM
Is the material on the knee brace machine washable?
Yes it is. Wash on the delicate cycle, with a mild detergent and then air dry. DO not place in the dryer.
From Hugh Nelson at 11/16/10 8:12 PM
If I have both PCL and ACL issues, would the playmaker sleeve with the open back work for me?
Thanks so much!
The pop opening behind the knee is preference only. It will not increase or decrease the effectiveness of the brace. It's mostly a comfort option.
From Hugh Nelson at 11/16/10 8:19 PM
Two more questions if you don't mind.
1) How do you clean the brace? Can you wash it in a washing machine?
2) I'ved noticed that there is no distinction made when ordering between a right and left leg playmaker. Can this be worn on either leg?
Thanks so much!
Hello again Hugh!
The brace can be hand washed using mild detergent and air dried.
This brace is universal left or right, meaning the brace can be worn on either side.
Keep the questions coming!
From Jim Elmore at 11/21/10 1:31 PM
I have a playmaker knee brace I got after knee surgery 10 years ago. I would like to get another as I have injured the other knee. I have a question about sizing. I believe what I have is a large, but your size chart indicates I need a medium. What I have is a good fit. How do I determine what size I have? The markings are worn off.
If the markings have worn off then you aren't able to identify the sizing of the DonJoy Playmaker. The only other way would be if you kept your order slip with the product part number.
From Elizabeth at 11/25/10 3:42 PM
I have had this brace for almost two years now and have lost the instruction manual and would like the washing instructions please. I have the DonJoy playmaker sleeve. Thanks in advance
Hand wash in mild detergent and let air dry.
From Joe Cattell at 12/8/10 3:20 PM
I have recently had surgery to repair a torn Meniscus and Meniscal cyst.
Im considering purchasing the the Don Joy Playmaker to provide additional support for my knee when I am snowboarding.
Any recommendations?, and is this a good choice to protect and support the knee while boarding.
Short of a rigid brace, a playmaker will provide the best support from our line of soft hinged brace.
From Frank Thomas at 1/8/11 9:29 AM
I am interested in the Playmaker
My measurements are:
Knee Center 16"
Should I go with the Medium Size wraparound instead of the Medium Sleeve due to my 16" Knee center dimension being larger than the 14"-15" range on the medium knee center?
We recommend a medium size.
From Emir Santic at 1/16/11 1:26 PM
I had a MCL tear a few months back, and have been using a kneebrace that Im not quite satisfied with. Now Im looking to get back to the sport from which I got injured from, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and I need a kneebrace that works well with the sport. The sport requires a lot of wrestling on the ground, and therefore the brace I've been using, tends to slipp off, rather quickly. Im thinking about buying the DonJoy Playmaker, would you recommend it for my situation? If so, should I order wraparound or sleeve? Open or close popliteal? Im looking forward to your answer.
I'd recommend the DonJoy Drytex Playmaker in a Sleeve configuration. The popliteal is the opening behind the knee, and more of a user preference.
From will at 1/19/11 9:22 AM
To Whom It May Concern,
I am a semi pro football player. I torn my Mencius last fall and I am looking for a knee brace so I can continue playing sports at my young age of 20. I have plans to play soccer this fall for my college and return to football next year. Which knee brace would be good for me??
Thanks for all your help!!
The DonJoy Playmaker is a great brace to start with to see if it will provide enough support, or if you'll need to upgrade to a full rigid hinged brace.
From Juan at 2/3/11 8:36 AM
What brace would be the best for running a Marathon in? I had ACL reconstruction about 4 years ago, but my knee has never been back to its normal function. Recently I was told my ACL was loose and I needed a reconstruction, also a healed tear on the outside lateral ligament. I do not want to get operated, because think a brace can help.
With a reconstruction on a ACL and the possibility of it possibly having a reinjured again. I would suggest you do a more rigid frame brace with a ForcePoint Hinge. This hinge has a built in mechanism that is going to slow the knee from extending to quickly, which is what can injure the ACL further. It will not make you slower as far as running pace is considered though. The top two brace that I would recommend is either the FullForce Brace, or the Armor Brace. They both have the new low pro ForcePoint hinge on them, which is going to be lower profile so it will not bump into your other leg while running. The more rigid brace is going to provide you with more stability and support of the ACL.
From Jim at 2/5/11 6:33 PM
I notice that DonJoy offers the Armor Ski Version knee brace. I don't need the level of support offered by that brace but I do need the shortened calf to accomidate my ski boot. Will the DonJoy Drytex Playmaker brace clear my ski boot and not pinch me at the back of my boot?
This depends on the height of your ski boot in relation to the length of the brace itself, as well as your leg length.
Please give us a call @ 800-553-6019 with this information and a product specialist can advise you further.
From Fank Garcia at 2/11/11 7:11 PM
My Daughter recently injured her right knee while pitching. While She step with her left and drag her right leg causing her leg to twists sideways in the dirt then squaring off straight, placing strain and pain inside her right knee.
Her injury said to be mild and no tears but seem to be bad stretch in the inside MCL
Sport med gave her there standard type brace, but after wearing for 3-5 inning she get muscle knots upper thigh and behind her lower calve where the strap are applied.
What knee brace would be recommended .
With the Playmaker brace, there are 4 straps that are used to help hold the brace on. When used if the straps are pulled too tight it can cause the muscle there to tighten up some, so making for sure that the size is appropriate for the wearer. If the straps have to be pulled too tight, then the brace is too big. As for a sleeve versus a wraparound. I would suggest doing a sleeve, it will provide more support and not feel like it is slipping down like the wraparound style may tend to feel. The playmaker will provide support to the MCL and give the entire knee more stability and support, while allowing your daughter to be functional during activity.
From Joey at 2/27/11 7:23 PM
I partially tore my ACL four months ago, I did not undergo surgery. I will be playing football again soon, will this brace support my ACL and be able to withstand full contact football?
If you are playing football with a partially torn ACL, you would need a rigid frame knee brace, not the playmaker. The custom Defiance, Armor, or FullForce braces would be much more beneficial to you. They would provide the protection you need, the playmaker is not heavy duty enough for football.
From Rick at 3/1/11 7:44 AM
My measurements are Thigh=19.5", Knee=16", Calf=16.5" which is between a Medium and a Large. I would assume a large would be best but should I choose a Wrap-Around so I can adjust it for a better fit since I'm not clearly in one size or the other?
Agreed, I would go with a large. As far as a sleeve versus a wraparound, it is based on personal preference. The sleeve tends to be more snug, where the wraparound you have to adjust the tightness. The wraparound is a little easier to put on, just because you do not have to pull the sleeve up and other the calf and knee. If you are looking for easiest fit and adjustability, I would go with the wraparound style.
From Horon at 4/8/11 10:46 AM
Can you wash the brace good sir?
Yes you can wash the DonJoy Drytex Playmaker Knee Brace. But you have to wash the brace in the sink, by hand, with mild detergent. And then let it air dry.
From Clay at 4/17/11 5:36 PM
Can this brace be worn in the water, Or do you have one made of neoprene? If not can you recommend one for surfing?
Yes, This can be worn in the water. After use in the water, be sure to rinse the brace with clean water and let air dry. If you are in the water a lot, you will want to get a Teflon based lubericant to put in the hinges ever few weeks.
From Rafael Vargas at 5/4/11 11:33 AM
Which Knee brace is best for basketball? I recently had reconstructive ACL surgery on Nov 29, 2010. Ive been playing some basketball with a brace i got from ACE knee brace and it doesnt feel bad, but i would like something a bit better. Which knee brace would be best for me ?
Donjoy FullFource. It has a fourcepoint hinge which is the only hinge clinically proven to protect the ACL. 4 Points of Leverage to keep the ACL from allowing your shin to slid forward and a rigid aluminum frame to absorb any contact.
From Kevin at 5/5/11 10:25 AM
I had medial meniscus surgery on my left knee 40 yrs ago and until recently had no issues with the knee. i have recently undergone gel shots to reduce arthritic pain with some success however, when i play golf the knee feels unstable when following thorugh with my swing and the knee susequently swells causing additional instability. is there a brace out there that will stabilize the knee and help control the swelling thus allowing me to enjoy the game i love? thanks
The Donjoy Playmaker will provide you with joint stability while playing golf. Should you have any other questions please let us know.
From Rebecca at 5/12/11 1:35 PM
I got a grade 2 MCL tear 3 months ago playing soccer..I am ready to start playing again, but the brace I have now(with Neoprene stays) doesnt give me the support I need. After reading about the playmaker I want to purchase it..I am afraid that if it doesnt fit correctly would I be able to exchange or return the brace for a different size? or get my money back? Thank-you
Yes we have a 90 day return policy, where you can return, or exchange it for a different size.
From John at 6/9/11 7:28 PM
I tore my ACL 40 years ago. They couldn't fix ACL's back then so I had a surgery to support my knee, It worked and it has been fine for all this time. Suddenly I am having pain and swelling when I play tennis, The pain occurs in my right leg on hyper extension when I swing my forehand ( I am righty) and when I walk on my treadmill fast and land on an over extended knee. What brace would help me?
The DonJoy Playmaker, will provide you with light support, it is more for mild ACL sprains. If you are ACL deficient I would suggest looking at one of our rigid frame braces. They will provide you with more support and actually help more with the lack of ligament. the Legend, Armor, or Full Force are the top ones that I would recommend.
From David Maroski at 7/24/11 11:46 AM
I have a torn miniscus (spelling?) and must post pone surgery until a less active time. I am a professional photographer and must be on my feet for events the next 3 months. What brace can help maintain stability and strength during my on my job times. I have continued to work out every day with free weights in the gym even after this injury (late April). I must however be careful as to my movements. Thanks for you reply.
I would suggest getting the OA Adjuster. This brace is an offloading style of brace. It will push on the unaffected side of the knee creating a larger space for the affected side, helping to prevent your knee bones from rubbing and grinding on the torn meniscus. I have used this brace for the same issues and it will allow you to still be very functional. I even ran in my brace until I had surgery.
From Jay at 7/25/11 1:30 PM
I need a brace for wakeboarding. Are these braces waterproof?
Yes these braces are water proof. We also offer the Donjoy Legend Knee Brace which has a Krayton Rubberized cover over the frame that protects the frame against rust and corosion. We advise wearing a sports cover over the brace while participating in water sports because the water current does loosen the straps.
From Paul at 7/31/11 2:47 AM
I have a question about the size and what brace I should buy and I am interested in playmaker.
My measurements are:
Knee centre: 14.5
It is in between S and M, what size do u suggest I should buy?
I am a volleyball player and played for 20 years. Did my MRI last year and said my ligament is almost gone. I can hardly jump now and I got lots of pain after sport. If I still want to play volleyball, which brace do you recommend? I still want to play few more years before I do surgery.
I would reccommend a Medium Full Fource for your condition and sport.
From ROD at 10/20/11 9:00 AM
I AM A RATHER LARGE MALE (380) POUNDS AND LOSING WEIGHT SLOWLY.
I HAD MENISCUS SURGERY ALMOST 15 YEARS AGO AND I HAVE BEEN BATTLING A PAIN IN MY LEFT KNEE WHEN I SIT TOO LONG AND ATTEMPT TO RISE AND START WALKING. I AM NOT A VERY ACTIVE PERSON BUT I STILL HAVE A JOB THAT REQUIRES ABOUT 8 HOURS OF SITTING AND WALKING LONG DISTANCES IN BETWEEN. NEOPRENE CAUSES A RASH ON MY SKIN ( CHEAP KNEE BRACE!) BUT I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT TYPE OF DRYTEX WRAP AROUND SUPPORTIVE KNEE BRACE COULD I USE FOR PAIN AND WALKING LONG DISTANCES AND SITTING FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME ?
THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE,
The DonJoy Drytex Playmaker Knee Brace, DonJoy Hinged Knee Brace or OA Lite would assist you in your condition and activity level.
From Wounder Grrl at 11/4/11 10:26 AM
I am a 42 year old roller derby player. My knees tend to *pop* and swell when getting hit and when falling on my knees. I would like a rigid brace that minimizes medial/lateral movement but still allows full bending motion. Is the DonJoy Drytex Playmaker Knee Brace a good option? What do you recommend?
Hey Wounder Grrl,
The Playmaker comes in either a neoprene or drytex material and while it is not considered a rigid brace it does provide good medial and lateral support. I reccommend geting the "open pop" (opening in the back of the brace) option to help with bending motion. There is an option with this brace to get a patella donut. That may be nice for you as it would provide some cushioning when you fall on your knees.
If you have additional questions please call, 1-800-553-6019
Have a great day.
From John K at 11/23/11 7:37 PM
My daughter is a full time soccer player. She was recently diagnosed with an MCL sprain and the Playmaker knee brace was prescribed by her sports med doctor. Can she still play while wearing the brace and will it keep her from further injuring the MCL?
She can continue to wear the Playmaker during functional activity. As long as the brace has hinges and uprights it will help protect her MCL and those side to side cutting motions.
From Donna Lautenschlager at 12/30/11 8:37 AM
does the playmaker knee brace keep the knee from bending past 90 degrees?
The Playmaker can have a flexion stop installed to prevent the knee from bending past 90 degrees.
If you have additional questions, please call 1-800-553-6019.
Have a nice day.
From Warren Knowles at 1/12/12 11:21 AM
I am considering purchasing the Donjoy Playmaker Knee Brace. I was recently fitted for a wrap around Hanger knee brace but the cost was prohibitive. The Donjoy Playmaker looks almost identical to the Hanger but has four straps to the Hangers two straps and is 1/4 the cost. I was unaware of a sleeve knee brace until I saw the Donjoy. The knee brace was recommended by my doctor for the purpose of playing tennis with a torn meniscus. The sleeve looks less cumbersome and more comfortable for such a purpose. What benefits/drawbacks does the sleeve offer over the wrap around?
The Playmaker offers mild support to the knee joint. For your condition and activity level it would be best to go with the product your doctor prescribed.
From Monica at 1/25/12 2:29 PM
How do I determine whether I should have an open or closed popliteal? Are there any advantages to the wrap-around vs the sleeve?
The open or closed pop, is a personal preference, it is an opening on the back side of your knee. The open pop is going to allow more airflow to the knee, but if you get a lot of knee swelling, I would recommend you get a closed pop, to prevent the swelling from going out the back area. Some people prefer the wrap on, just cause it's easier than pulling on a sleeve, but that again is a personal preference.
From Frank at 3/30/12 7:17 PM
I recently recieved the Donjoy Playmaker knee brace with the wraparound drytex to wear outside pants, however it is a little big against the skin. Can I purchase a separate drytex sleeve to attach the brace to and pull on for more active sports? Thanks
If the hinges are too bulky the Economy Hinged Knee has lower profile hinges that are covered and may fit under your pants better. Ideally, keep the brace directly to your skin to keep the brace up on your leg better.
From Skip at 4/14/12 7:42 AM
I recently injured my left knee while playing golf. The injury occurred during a tee shot and I was diagnosed with a Grade 1 sprain/tear of my MCL. My physical therapist recommended that I use a knee brace until my knee is healed and strong enough to play golf without one. Two questions requiring your expertise:
(1) What knee brace do you recommend for my injury while playing golf?
(2) For golf, do you recommend wrap-around or sleeve for stability/comfort?
Thank you and looking forward to your reply!!!
1) The Playmaker or Deluxe Hinged knee braces are appropriate for a MCL injury. The Playmaker is longer and therefore more supportive.
2) The stability is the same whether you purchase a wraparound or sleeve. The style is more so based on ease of putting the brace on. If your leg measurments are in different categories, you may achieve a better fit with a wraparound.
Have a nice day.
From Kim at 4/18/12 11:24 AM
Recently, I completely tore my ACL during a skiing accident, and have currently opted not to have surgery as we will be traveling for vacation. Will the Donjoy Drytex Playmaker be supportive enough for me while hiking/golfing? I'm also looking for something that is breathable during the hot summer months.
For a torn ACL and active or non contact sports we recommend the Donjoy FullForce.
From Cathi at 4/19/12 12:40 PM
I tore my ACL and meniscus and have been wearing the Playmaker for 4 weeks? I would like to wash it and am not sure how. Please advise.
You can hand wash with laundry detergent, rinse, and air dry.
From Joe at 5/16/12 10:10 AM
Another question: what model do you recommend for moderate/severe MCL instability, for use during competitive basketball?
Either the Playmaker or the FullFource.
From Meaghan at 6/16/12 8:29 PM
Is the drytex material of the Donjoy Playmaker waterproof ? For example, would it be OK to wear in the rain?
Our drytex material can be worn in pools or in water. Yes, you can wear the brace in the rain. To clean the brace we reccomend tap water a mild detergent and to air dry.
From jon at 6/23/12 2:06 PM
which mateial is better for water sports drytex or neoprene?
Either can be worn in water. Wet suits are made from neoprene. The drytex is a lighter material that "breaths" more than the neoprene does
From anwarul haque at 7/25/12 9:45 PM
recently i had hoffa fracture on left femurdistal condyle and operated on 7 april 12
and three titanium screw applied on fracture.During operation doctor dicovered that I am having an ACL4th grade torn, doctor did not reconstructed it and adviced for surgery at least after one year.know i am unable walk properly.MY age is 42yrs and wt 65kg height 5.3feet. I do job in automobiles company.
kindly suggest which type of knee brace to use as per your specification
I am residing in india ,how to purchase if you have any out let in India let me know
1) My knee measurements are: Thigh: 46.5 mm; Knee center: 37.5 mm; Calf: 34.0 mm. According to the sizing chart, my thigh and calf require a small, but my knee center requires a medium. What size should I get?
2) I am buying this prior to seeing the doctor two weeks from now. The pain I experience occurs primarily during motions where my foot is planted and my leg is twisting, or if my foot is planted at a slight angle to the direction I am going, and I push off with that foot. Which intermediate brace is designed to support those symptoms?
You should size off of your knee, you want the brace to fit comfortably at the knee. The Playmaker offers a moderate support for many ligamentous injuries of the knee.
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