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Braces For Knee Pain And Injury

Braces For Knee Pain And Injury

Dynamic and Passive knee braces for joint pain and knee injury…

Recovering from knee injury is a process sure to dishearten anyone with an active lifestyle, but an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), or posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injury, two of the more severe yet common injuries sustained from sports, is an athlete’s worst nightmare. Injuries such as these can have an athlete down an out in one strike; many professionals who experience such an injury never recover enough to play at professional standard, and those who do make it that far will always have a weakness in their joint/s. It goes without saying that injuries such as these can also drastically affect the daily lives of us, more average citizens with regards to work and play. For this reason, anticipating and treating knee injuries has been the focus of many medical scientists over the last 3 decades, and as a result, there is a wealth of knee brace solutions for support, protection and knee injury rehabilitation.

Common knee injuries which knee braces can and should be worn include:

  • ACL Injuries
  • Arthritic Knee
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome
  • MCL/LCL Injuries
  • Meniscus Injuries
  • Patella Tracking Disorder
  • PCL Injuries
  • Runners Knee

In order to prevent or treat these injuries there are specific knee braces for osteoarthritis, to rehabilitate post-op patients and to support and protect the patella, femur, tibia, ACL, MCL, and/or LCL, Most braces come in several sizes and brands typically have a range specifically designed for female its a known fact that females are 3-8 times more likely to sustain an ACL tear than males.

don joy fullforce knee brace

Don Joy FullForce Knee Brace

Image Credit: DonJoy, 2011

Passive Vs Dynamic Braces

When it comes to functionality, there are two types of knee brace; passive and dynamic. In a very simple sense, passive braces are used to support the static components of the joint, e.g. ligaments, cartilage, and bone geometry. Passive braces don’t consistently address instabilities, which increases the risk of injury.

Whereas dynamic braces focus on supporting the joint stability and stiffness. Dynamic braces utilize unique strapping and hinge configurations to carefully disperse pressure on the joints, ligaments, and bone, throughout the soft tissue and surrounding muscles of the joint.

DonJoy Dynamic Knee Braces

One of the most long-standing manufacturers and pioneers of brace support, DonJoy, has in its 30 years, developed a huge range of high-tech braces and supports for various joints of the body. Its dynamic knee braces are considered some of the very best available and have become standard in over 44 countries worldwide.

DonJoy’s dynamic design works using what it calls the ‘4-Points-of-Leverage System’. This system continually counteracts ‘instabilities at all times, whether a patient is running, jumping, or standing.’

“Its unique cuff and strapping configuration that provides a net differential posterior force to the tibia, preventing anterior movement

The center of the hinge is just posterior to the midline and just superior to the joint line. This allows points 1 and 3 to compress soft tissue, isolating the femur and bringing it forward

Points 2 and 4 draw the tibia posterior, generating a net differential force, or constant load, directly over the tibia, preventing it from moving forward. The result is significantly reduced strain on the ACL.” [DonJoy]

DonJoy’s knee braces also utilizes its own FourcePoint hinge design. ForcePoint is the only hinge to have been clinically proven to protect the ACL.

While top-of-the-line knee braces are an effective preventative solution and rehabilitation treatment for knee injury, many who sustain such an injury may only begin rehabilitation following surgery.

If you are interested treating a torn ACL, MCL, LCL, PCL, or osteoarthritis; or would like to find out more about total knee replacement or any other kind of reconstructive knee surgery please visit Orthopedic Medical Surgery Travel Tours.

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