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Cartilage Knee Sleeve Brace

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

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Product Description

Is the Cartilage Knee Sleeve right for me?

For addressing knee instabilities and for those who need ligament and patella support during activities post-surgery. Try our Brace Advisor for personalized product recommendations to meet your needs!

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

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

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

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


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

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

Size Chart & Fit Help

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

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

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

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


Product Questions (45)

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DonJoy Cartilage Knee Sleeve Brace

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  • Ted at 8/16/2016 4:08 PM
    • Does the sleeve have foam compression at back of knee or just front? If yes, is the back compression designed to support minor ACL tears?
    • No, there is only the horseshoe buttress in the front of the knee to provide the compression.
  • Sue weingeroff at 4/26/2016 8:10 AM
    • Is this the best knee brace for a Baker cyst
    • A sleeve wood be best as it will offer compression around the knee and help with inflammation of that cyst
  • Dale at 4/22/2016 5:51 PM
    • I had acl surgery a year n 1/2 ago I have a Tommy copper brace now but lately I'm having soreness on side of knee n knee itself what kind of soft brace do u recommend
    • For ACL I would reccommend the Playmaker II knee brace. The brace has hinges and is a supportive soft knee brace for ACL
  • gary at 3/28/2016 11:03 PM
    • I tore my meniscus playing goalie in hockey. i want to go back to playing, but need a brace that allows my knees to bend to the sides so i can kick my legs out. which brace would be best for that. thanks
    • The best thing to wear that will allow that motion would be a sleeve such as the Trizone Knee support. the brace will offer mild knee support and compression
  • Ronnie garner at 3/23/2016 2:58 PM
  • Patrick at 3/18/2016 12:31 PM
    • I had acl reconstruction surgery 13 years ago and then had some of the hardware removed from the same knee a few years later because of some major discomfort. I have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in the knee and lately i have been dealing with swelling above the knee/lower quad. I experience major pain in the knee /lower quad while the leg is bent, squating, walking up steps, getting into my car, and sitting down. Im highly active and looking for a brace to provide some relief.
    • The Trizone Knee Support will offer mild support of the knee and help with the swelling by providing zoned compression in the brace. https://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-trizone-knee-brace
      Another option which should help mainly with the anterior pain you are having is the Don Joy Reaction web brace. This brace helps to absorb force on the knee and dispearse it away decreasing anterior knee pain.
  • Rory Grabowsky at 12/9/2015 9:37 AM
    • Before I go to surgery, I need a temporary relief of bone on bone. The pain is when I get out of the car and or walking down stairs.

    • The OA Reaction Web Knee Brace is one of our braces for osteoarthritis that offers mild offloading of the knee to decrease pain. The braces webbing material also decrease stress to the front of the knee. https://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-oa-reaction-web-knee-brace
  • Judi at 7/15/2015 6:13 PM
    • I'm a roller derby skater that is recovering from a partial tear to the ACL.
      I'm cleared to skate and I'm looking for a gasket type sleeve to wear under my knee pads with medial lateral support.
      Would you suggest this sleeve?

    • The DonJoy Cartilage Knee Sleeve Brace provides mild support to the ACL, and is more designed for compression. I would suggest the DonJoy Economy Hinged Knee, this brace will offer a bit more ACL support and you can select the sleeve style if you you prefer that to a wraparound. The hinges are inside the brace with make it low profile and should fit well with your pads. Here is the link: https://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-economy-hinged-knee
  • Kelly at 3/16/2015 10:04 PM
    • I tore my ACL about 10 years ago. I did not have surgery. Within the past 4 years, I have re-injured my knee about 4 times. It does not feel stable when I am walking or going up and down stairs. I am looking for a knee brace with support that is not big and bulky that I can wear at home and maybe a sleeve that I can wear under my jeans while at work. Which brace and sleeve would you recommend?
    • Kelly
      If you want to wear a brace that has some support for the stability of the knee, I would suggest the Playmaker II knee brace. the brace is a sleeve with bilateral hinges for stability of the knee. the hinges are low profile and the material is a cool spandex type of material. https://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-playmaker-ii-knee-brace
  • Kelly at 3/3/2015 8:53 PM
    • I have a partially torn ACL that occurred three months ago. I have not had surgery. I can run, pivot, jump side to side, work out, and do moderate yoga without any issues. I'm looking for something to add a little more support while I continue to build up strength and hopefully avoid surgery altogether. My goal is to ski next season. Is this a good brace/sleeve for my needs? Thanks!
    • Kelly
      That sleeve will not provide andy stability or protection to your healing ACL. I would suggest the Playmaker II knee Brace, this brace will provid e the protection you need while you are healing and rehabilitating
  • James at 1/21/2015 5:07 PM
    • I had ACL replacment about 5 years ago and have little cartilage on that knee and I have torn czrtilage on the rear and midal part of my other knee. I am a competative heavy weight power lifter and olympic style weight lifter and need light support and something to help with pain and swelling during and after lifting. What do you recomend? I have an unloader and pefformance brace but can not use them in competitions.
    • James
      I would reccommend the Reaction Web Knee Brace. The brace is light weight and will lower profile than the braces you currently use. The brace absorbs shock loads on the knee and dispearses them to tak anterior knee pain away during activity
  • kevin at 1/11/2015 8:30 AM
    • I have a torn acl and I play basketball once a week . Will this brace help with stability on my knee ?
    • Kevin
      The Cartilage Knee Sleeve will not provide adequate support for the ACL while playing basketball. The best brace would be one of our rigid knee braces such as the Don Joy full Force knee Brace https://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-fullfource-ligament-knee-brace
  • James at 11/3/2014 8:37 AM
    • I am a basketball player that just had a osteo condrona taken out of my left knee 2 weeks ago and my miniscus repaired in my right knee 2 years ago. I am looking for a very lightweight brace that will just help with swelling and provide slight support, Is this the right brace?
    • James
      The cartilage knee sleeve will give you compression and light support around the kneecap.
  • maily at 8/3/2014 2:32 PM
    • My teen daughter is in the band and must walk or run during performances. She tore her Right ACL about a year ago. She has been using over the counter knee braces off and on when her knee bothers her. She complains of her knee hurting or sometimes giving out. She also says it just plain feels weird. My question is will the Donjoy cartilage knee sleeve brace be enough stability for her? Thank you for your time.
    • If she tore her ACL about ayear ago and she says that her knee feels "wierd" She may need a brace with a bit more support thatn the cartilage knee sleeve. I would suggest a soft hinged knee brace such as the Playmaker II knee brace. This brace has medial and lateral support from the hinges plus the strapping system will her support for the ACL. You may want to consult with her physician before making a decision on a knee brace. https://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-playmaker-ii-knee-brace-2
  • Sandi at 7/5/2014 1:08 PM
    • Is the DonJoy Cartilage Knee Sleeve good for a Baker's cyst? If not, what do you suggest? Keep in mind I dance (line dancing) alot, teach, and I need something that will help with the swelling, pain, as well as be flexible enough to dance while wearing the brace.

      Thanks so much,

    • Sandi
      I would suggest the Drytex Knee Sleeve. https://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-drytex-basic-knee-sleeve It is made of dyrtex material which is not as hot as neoprenen yet it will give the compression that you need.
  • Casey at 4/2/2014 10:01 AM
    • Is there ANY nylon anywhere on it? I am HIGHLY allergic to nylon. I know it says it is made of cotton elastic, but is even any of the threads nylon or any form of nylon? Thanks!

      Also, do you have any other good stabilizing basic braces that are nylon-free to help support knees during workouts?
    • Casey
      We do not have the entire materials list for all of our products, but this product is made of cotton and as I can not be sure I do not believe there is any nylon in it. Any of neoprene sleeves are nylon free except the ones with velcro straps.
  • Karen at 2/5/2014 5:43 PM
    • I am looking for a support for my knee had surgery 10+ years ago getting older I want support for walking and treadmill. Also what something that does roll down when it is on.
    • Karen
      Without konwing what type of symptoms you have and what surgery you had 10 years ago, I cannot make a reccomendation on a brace. If you have had braces roll donw in the past perhaps you might want to look at braces that wrap around you leg instead of pull up. The DonJoy Cartlage knee brace is elastic so if you have a bigger thigh it might roll down on you.
  • Maria at 12/22/2013 1:28 PM
    • Hello!
      I had an arthroscopy done a few months ago for condromalacia on my right knee. I hace condromalacia on both knees, but I'm not in alot of pain. the brace is mire for support and preventive purposes. I'm looking for a brace to use while doing crossfit and other activities like skiing. Wich knee brace would you recommend?
    • Hello,

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

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


      Thanks for Contacting Donjoy.
  • Tom at 8/8/2013 4:12 AM
    • What is the best way to wash the cartilage knee sleeve brace?
    • Hello,

      We recommend Hand Wash and Air Dry.

      Thanks for Contacting Donjoy.
  • Renae at 7/26/2013 8:35 AM
    • I had a partially torn meniscus and had surgery about 4 or 5 years ago. I have recently started going to the gym but I don't feel stable on that knee. I feel like I need to build up my muscle more so I'm looking for a brace w/o hinges and I noticed this one has medial/lateral spiral stays. I wasn't sure what they were. My PT told me to just get something w/some support but to stay away from anything w/hinges. I do need a plus size but I don't care if it's adjustable or a sleeve. It can also be neoprene. I wasn't sure if this brace would be what I needed or not.
      Thanks for your help!
    • Hello Renae,

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


      Thanks for Contacting Donjoy.
  • Jim at 7/21/2013 12:17 PM
    • I had my knee replaced 7 months ago. I am still get a lot of swelling when I stand and walk. Would the cartilage knee sleeve be the best to keep the swelling down?
    • Hello Jim,

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


      Thanks for Contacting Donjoy.
  • Diana at 7/12/2013 2:11 PM
  • SCV Lightning at 6/17/2013 11:56 AM
  • Nick at 5/16/2013 10:03 PM
    • my measurements are 18", 14", 14" which puts me on the higher end of small and lower end of medium,. which one would be better?
    • We recommend you go up in size if your on the border of 2 sizes. I suggest you order a Medium.

      Thanks for contacting Donjoy.

      Have a Great Day.
  • AP at 4/21/2013 11:54 AM
    • What are the care and maintenance steps for the DonJoy Cartilage Knee Sleeve Brace? Since it is made of cotton, can you wash it in the washing machine in cold water and dry on a clothes line? Or does it need to be dry-cleaned?
    • Hello, AP -

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

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!
  • lucas at 11/24/2012 1:25 PM
    • HELP PLEASE!! I currently have a torn ACL and i do have a donjoy i believe "playmaker" knee brace. so today while playing hockey my knee gave out and i had to leave the game, and my question is, is there anything i can put on under my current knee brace to give my knee more stability and help prevent my knee giving out? sorry if i didnt word this right i dont really know how to put it.
    • Hello, Lucas -

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

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

      Thank you and have a great day!
  • Amy at 5/30/2012 2:22 PM
    • I am having bursitis pain in my knee. What support sleeve would you recommend?
    • A padded knee support, anything with a closed patella area for compression.
  • Colm Killeen at 3/26/2012 12:03 PM
    • I am looking for a knee support for doing aqua aerobics. I have arthritis in both knees. Do you have a suitable product?
    • The DonJoy Cartilage Knee Sleeve will probably not work in the water; the foam pad will become saturated and heavy. You might find that a knee sleeve provides some support for the joint and does better when wet. I suggest looking into the DonJoy Neoprene Knee Support to wear in the swimming pool.
  • Cameron at 1/19/2012 3:51 PM
    • I had acl reconstruction and tore my meniscus bout 4 or 5 months ago. I have been working my leg out and just wanted a little bit of support to help me be a little bit more comfortable. Will this brace help any?
    • For ACL support you will need a product with hinges. This product does not have hinges. Some examples of everyday support for an ACL would be with our Donjoy ACL Everyday, 4titude, or Playmaker.
  • Richard Willey at 8/9/2011 8:40 PM
    • I have a torn meniscus. What would be the best brace for me?
    • The DonJoy Cartilage Knee with give you some support. If you are not looking to get it fixed. you can also look at doing an OA lite brace that will help offload the side your meniscus is torn on.
  • ron at 7/18/2011 8:29 PM
    • will this brace give me support while playing golf;lately my knee wants to hyper_extend,a lot of pain.operated on for meniscus tear.
    • no this brace will not help with the hyperextension issues. I would suggest the DonJoy Hinged knee, or the Playmaker. With the support of the hinges, either of these braces will help with the hyperextension issues and also give your knee support while being active.
  • michael at 6/10/2011 9:05 PM
    • I suffer from medial ligament/medial joint degenerative changes.
      Is this the brace best suited.?
    • The Cartilage knee is going to provide you with some support and cushion around the knee cap. If you are needing to offload the injured cartilage I would suggest looking at something like the OA lite, or one of our other Osteoarthritis braces.
  • Tsippora at 5/29/2011 3:58 PM
    • Can you tell me the vertical length of the small knee brace - DonJoy Cartilage Knee Sleeve Brace
      thank you
    • They are 11 inches long.

  • mike at 4/30/2011 10:04 PM
    • I am right in between in terms of sizes for this particular brace, my thigh measurement was 22" and my calf was 16". My question is whether or not the medium would be too tight or the large too loose?
    • Hey Mike,
      The Large will be the best size for your leg. The Medium would be too tight.

  • Glenn at 4/19/2011 9:13 AM
    • Hi i would like to know which is the best support for me, i want to carry on playing soccer and have had my cartilage removed. had gel injected into knee but still painful. a rigid frame would be no good as i need movement in the knee.

      many thanks
    • Ideal one of our Osteo arthristis braces is going to be the best option for you. The Cartilage Knee Sleeve is going to provide you with some compression, but will not help to off load or take the pressure off your area of discomfort. I would recommend our OA lite brace. It is a semi-rigid brace, it will still be functional, but will be able to off load the side you had your meniscus removed on as well as give you some compression and support.
  • Jeff at 3/23/2011 12:50 PM
    • Will Medicare and Medicaid cover a knee sleeve?

    • We cannot answer this question. That is something you would need to ask Medicare and Medicaid directly. It is possible they would cover it if you met certain criteria.
  • Kelley at 2/28/2011 12:10 PM
    • I had a lateral release and surgery for my chondromalacia performed on each of my knees 5 years ago. Both knees were significally better for a few years but have really begun to hurt consistenly worse over the past couple of years. I know for sure that the chondromalacia is back b/c of the horrible "rice kirispy" sounds my knees make when bending and straightening. I have recently begun a bootcamp fitness class and am REALLY struggling with my knees. They seem increasingly unstable and are painful with certain exercises, exactly as before the surgeries. Would this knee brace help me at all? THANKS!

    • Kelley,
      Thank you for taking the time to email us here at betterbraces.com. Depending on which way your patella is tracking we have various braces to offer you. The TruPull Lite is a great product to prevent your knee cap from tracking laterally. It also has hinges so it helps to keep your knee stable. We have other patellofemoral products as well like the adjustable patella donut if you are not sure which way your knee cap is tracking. Should you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to contact us again.
  • Kelley at 2/24/2011 11:23 AM
    • I had a lateral release and surgery for my chondromalacia performed on each of my knees 5 years ago. Both knees were significally better for a few years but have really begun to hurt consistenly worse over the past couple of years. I know for sure that the chondromalacia is back b/c of the horrible "rice kirispy" sounds my knees make when bending and straightening. I have recently begun a bootcamp fitness class and am REALLY struggling with my knees. They seem increasingly unstable and are painful with certain exercises, exactly as before the surgeries. Would this knee brace help me at all? THANKS!
    • Yes, the Cartilage Knee Sleeve is going to give your knee support and cushion from the sleeve, foam pad and medial and lateral stays, while being more active. It will not take the pain away completely, but it will allow you to be more active and feel supported.
  • TIM at 2/18/2011 5:17 PM
    • What is it made of
    • Heavy knit cotton elastic sleeve.
  • norm at 2/7/2011 6:52 PM
  • Jeanne at 1/16/2011 2:48 PM
    • I have a torn medial meniscus with osteoarthritis (not much cartilege left) and a sprained mcl. Is this a good product for me? Thanks.
    • It will give you some compression to keep swelling which will help with taking the edge off your pain, but to help support the knee and take stress off the cartilage and the knee joint you would need a rigid frame brace with hinges.

      Rigid Braces:
  • Melissa at 12/4/2010 5:54 PM
    • Hi, I broke my knee cap in October and have been in a knee Immobilizer ever since. I recently found out that I have a torn meniscus. My doctor told me not to bend my knee. Will this brace be good for me? If not what would you suggest? I've lost so much muscle mass I'm my leg, my current immobilier doesn't fit anymore.
    • Hello Melissa,

      Our current line of immobilizers can be found here:

  • George at 6/13/2010 2:45 PM
    • Can this product be used while swimming laps in a pool at a moderate pace?
    • For water activities we suggest using a brace constructed with the neoprene material. The DonJoy Performer Knee Support would be a better option. See the link below for product information:

  • Stephanie at 4/18/2010 7:11 PM
    • I am looking for a brace to help with support for sports activities after a knee cap fracture 5 months ago. I like that this has some padding around the patella, but will it provide the support I need for my slightly unstable knee?
    • We would recommend the DonJoy Performer Patella Knee Support

      This brace is ideal for knee instabilities and will provide ligament and patella support during activities.
  • Nan at 3/30/2010 12:35 PM
    • Is this a removable horseshoe pad and is this sleeve made of Neoprene?
    • The padding around the knee cap is made of foam on the DonJoy Cartilage Knee Brace. Foam does a nice job of padding the area around the patella and keeping the knee cap stable.
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