Hinged Knee Braces

Hinged knee braces provide the strongest amount of stability for the ligaments in the knee. Hinged braces are ideal for day-to-day activities and all sports for those who are suffering from mild to moderate ligament injuries or instabilities, meniscus injuries, sprains or osteoarthritis. For severe ligament injuries or for those involved in contact sports like football or basketball, it is important to select one of the rigid hinged braces. The rigid hinged braces provide maximum protection and typically do not have a sleeve or wrap. Soft-hinged braces provide a moderate level of support and combine hinge support with a knee sleeve or wrap for compression. For a 100% custom-fit and maximum protection, try a custom knee brace for ACL protection.

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    The strongest and most supportive off-the-shelf option for contact sports with added ACL support via the FourcePoint Hinge. Read More


    Playmaker II Knee Brace


    New Improved Playmaker! Immeasurable comfort. Ideal for mild to moderate ACL, MCL and LCL instabilities.

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    Recognized as the best ligament protection available. Top-of-line protection that is custom fit for your leg. Ideal for athletes who participate in contact sports and want to prevent a knee ligament injury or re-injury.

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  • DonJoy Performance

    Bionic Knee Brace

    Maximum support for MCL/LCL instabilities, hyperextension and general meniscus support. Read More
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    A22 Custom Knee Brace

    Custom-fit for you with lightweight titanium offers the best ACL protection for non-contact sports. Read More
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    For moderate stability of ligament, meniscus injuries, sprains, and osteoarthritis Read More
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    Provides complete protection of the ACL for athletes who don’t want to lose speed by weighing themselves down with a heavy brace. Read More
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    SE-4 Knee Support

    Provides improved support and full protection while playing light contact sports. Read More
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    Economy Hinged Knee

    Designed to support a MCL/LCL injury and protect from re-injury. Read More
  • Provides active people with protection from ACL, MCL, or PCL injuries. This is the most supportive knee brace you can get without a prescription.

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    Armor Ski Version


    Offers the same protection as the Armor brace, with an additional Medial Ski Deflector on the inner hinge that makes the brace safe for skiing.

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  • Designed for especially for women. Low profile, moldable aluminum frame with FourcePoint hinges. Read More
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    Drytex Sport Hinged Knee

    Support following sprains, ligament instabilities, or meniscus injuries. Ideal for non-contact sports. Read More
  • For mild ligament sprains, strains, Osgood Schlatter or patellar instabilities Read More
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    Playmaker Knee Brace


    Suitable for mild to moderate hyperextension, ACL, MCL, PCL, and LCL instabilities

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  • DonJoy Performance

    Bionic FullStop ACL Brace

    The ultimate hinge ACL protection for recovery and injury prevention. Read More

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How Does a Rigid Hinged Knee Brace Work?

Rigid hinged knee braces are ideal for maximum protection for the knee. They guard against ligament tears and other knee injuries. Many rigid hinged knee braces have specially designed hinges situated on each side of the knee to help stabilize the knee joint and to prevent it from moving unnaturally. They also come with straps that hold the knee brace in proper position on your knee. When the thigh bone (femur) and shin bone (tibia) move too far apart from one another, that can over-stretch the ligaments, leading to knee injuries such as ACL tears and meniscus strain. That's exactly what rigid hinged knee braces help prevent. If you participate in sports or have had previous knee injuries, then a rigid hinged knee brace could help provide the extra support and stabilization you need to perform at your highest level. Check out the rigid hinged knee braces recommended by our bracing experts:

DonJoy Defiance III Custom Knee Brace - the best custom knee brace available on the market
DonJoy Armor with FourcePoint Hinge - the only hinge proven to help prevent non-contact ACL injuries
DonJoy FullForce - one of our most popular rigid hinged knee braces

When to Wear a Soft Hinged Knee Brace?

Soft hinged knee braces are a great choice for individuals looking for moderate knee support and protection. They are often used by athletes because they help stabilize the knee joint during running, jumping, pivoting and other movement. Athletes that participate in basketball, soccer, and other sports that involve lots of running often wear soft hinged knee braces. Soft hinged knee braces help by combining the compression of knee sleeves with the strength of a hinged knee brace to keep your leg from the types of movement that cause ligament tears and knee strain. They are also great for individuals who have had previous knee injuries. A well-made soft hinged knee brace won't get in your way as you move around, and it should be breathable and comfortable to wear. Take a look at the leading soft hinged knee braces:

DonJoy Playmaker - a popular knee brace because it's comfortable but provides ample protection against knee injuries
DonJoy Deluxe Hinged - helps protect against knee ligament and cartilage tears

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