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DonJoy’s Drytex Knee Braces Vs Neoprene Knee Braces

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Drytex Playmaker Brace

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Neoprene Playmaker Brace

Neoprene is a synthetic rubber material designed to be flexible, durable, and to resist breakdown by water. Neoprene has been used for over 75 years. In its application to braces and supports, it is very form fitting and resilient to the stresses placed on it.

Neoprene is a very popular material for cold weather sports such as skiing and snowboarding, and is used extensively in water sports.

Neoprene braces are ideal supports to provide uniform compression over an extremity such as the knee or elbow. Neoprene’s heat retention properties is preferred by some to help ease the pain of a joint due to arthritis and muscle strain.

The disadvantage of Neoprene is know to many parents who pick up their child’s brace, with an odor that is hard to describe and tolerate. Neoprene is not a breathable material, and therefore retains the sweat and perspiration of the skin at the surface. Many people have allergies to Neoprene, causing skin rashes, blistering, itching and more severe allergic reactions.

Elastic material is not a good alternative as it does not stretch like neoprene, nor does it have the compressive qualities and durability of neoprene.

DonJoy developed a material referred to as “Drytex” as an alternative to Neoprene.

Drytex is a material made of a Nylon core and Polyester Lycra fabric, which retains the durability and compressive advantages of Neoprene, but is breathable and non-allergenic.

Drytex braces are more comfortable to wear compared to Neoprene, with the absence of the foul odor usually associated with its counterpart.

So how do I tell the difference between the two materials?

Simply lift the material up to light and stretch the material. If light shines through, it is a breathable material. If there is no light seen, it is probably neoprene.

If you are in a warm weather climate, and participate in sports such as Basketball, Football, Soccer, Tennis and Golf, then Drytex is an alternative to Neoprene. If you have allergies to Latex and Neoprene, Drytex is an excellent choice for support.

This material is only found in select manufacturers like DonJoy. It usually is not found in retail stores.

It is important to consult with your treating doctor prior to purchasing any orthopedic brace. There are many choices to be made when deciding which knee brace to purchase.

One of the premiere websites that sells DonJoy Extremtity Braces and provides a wealth of information on knee and elbow braces with Drytex is http://www.braceshop.com

The Brace Shop, LLC. is one of the fastest growing brace companies in the USA. They provide one of the largest selections of extremity braces, therapy products & accessories on the internet. If you want more information on DonJoy Extremity Braces, go to DonJoy Extremtiy Braces.

DonJoy Drytex Economy Hinged Knee Brace

DonJoy Drytex Economy Hinged Knee Brace

The DonJoy Drytex Economy Hinged Knee Brace is a versatile and popular knee support for mild to moderate ligament instability for people with allergies or sensitivities to Neoprene material. Thousands of athletes and non-athletes have used the Economy Hinged Knee Brace for a wide range of sports activities.

DonJoy Drytex Economy Hinged Knee Brace

The DonJoy Drytex Economy Hinged Knee is a neoprene alternative, constructed of a unique nylon core and polyester Lycra fabric that allows for improved airflow. This fabric provides compression and support, yet allows for breath ability. It is ideal for patients who have allergies or irritations to neoprene or live in warm weather climates.

The features of the DonJoy Drytex Economy Hinged Knee Brace include removable polycentric aluminum hinges, that provides more fluid knee range of motion, compared to lesser quality store bought single hinged type of braces.

The brace offers a choice between a popliteal cutout. (cutout in the back of the brace to allow more breathability and prevent bunching of the material when sitting with the brace. This is a common complaint among many brace owners.

One of the most common questions I receive is whether to get a slip-on or wrap-around, and what is the difference in support between the two styles.

Slip-on style braces tend to provide more even compression than wrap-around styles. Of course the slip-on is easier to put on and take off. The wrap-around style offers more adjustability, especially for larger legs, when the thigh, knee and calf circumferences don’t match the “norm”. The wrap-around style is available in XXXL size for thigh circumferences over 30″ in diameter. Very few companies make a brace this large. Slip-on braces tend to slip more as the brace is worn and stretches out. The wrap-around style by its very nature, can always be adjusted to fit with the right amount of tension, so has a tendency to last longer.

Whichever your choice, both styles provide the same amount of support. It is a question of comfort and fit. For more information on the brace including the full sizing charge and price, CLICK HERE.

For more information on our entire line of braces, go to www.braceshop.com or call us at (866) 325-8045.

Product Review – DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace

The DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace is one of the most popular and widely used knee braces on the market. The functionality and price are the main highlights of this versatile and supportive brace. DonJoy is an international brace manufacturer that supplies the US Ski Team, US Snowboarding Team, Canadian Freestyle Ski Team, USA Volleyball team, as well as UCLA, Texas Tech, University of Mississippi and University of Maryland. The DonJoy Playmaker is available in so many styles and sizes, that it used in most every sport for a wide range of orthopedic knee conditions.

Of all the braces on the market today, the most versatile brace is without question the DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace.

The DonJoy Playmaker is suitable for mild to moderate ACL, MCL and LCL knee instabilities. It has been used by thousands of athletes in all types of sports to help stabilize and support their injured knees.

As an intermediate-level product it has proven over time to be both durable and adaptable to most sports activities, with many added features not usually seen in a fabric hinged style brace.

It is available in neoprene fabric for those athletes in cold weather and water sports. Neoprene helps retain heat and is extremely durable in high impact/contact sports. Skiing, Hockey, Snowboarding, Wakeboarding and Kite Surfing are just some of the sports utilizing the Neoprene Playmaker.

The Playmaker is also available in a material referred to as drytex. This unique nylon core and polyester Lycra fabric allows for improved airflow. The lightweight polyester-nylon weave fabric is ideal for patients who have neoprene-based irritations or allergies, or live in warm weather climates.

The Playmaker also is available in a slip-on or wrap-around style. Wrap-around styles usually are indicated when a persons thigh and calf circumference does not fit the norm, which happens in large athletes, obese individuals, or when a pull on is not practical (removing ski boots or hockey skates). The wrap-around style gives the athlete more adjustability by controlling the tension placed around the thigh and leg separately. The slip-on style is easy to apply and tends to apply more even compression around the knee. The choice is purely a comfort factor and does not affect the support of the brace.

A unique feature of the DonJoy Playmaker is the availability of an open cutout in the back of the knee. One of the most common complaints among athletes and patients is the irritation of the material in the back of the knee. By creating an opening in the back of the brace, bunching of the brace is reduced and the back of the knee is able to breathe. Again, the choice is a comfort factor and does not affect the support of the brace. Many athletes (skiers) prefer a closed back, so as to keep the knee warm.

The greatest features of the DonJoy Playmaker is the basic construction of the brace. Polycentric hinges with contoured condyle shells and the famous 4-point dynamic leverage system provide unsurpassed stability and support for a fabric style brace.

Some of the new features that came out in 2008 is a drop lock style hinge for post op patients and patients that need to lock the brace in full extension when ambulating. The new Fource Point Hinge has been incorporated into the Playmaker. Fource Point Technology was developed to further protect the ACL and enhance the Four Points of Leverage brace design.

The patented Fource Point hinges are designed to react during leg extension and offer an increasing resistance in the last 35 degrees of extension, in order to reduce extension shock and increase posterior tibial loads.

The hinge has three adjustment settings to vary the amount of resistance to meet the specification of the physician’s protocols and the patient’s comfort.

Whichever style Playmaker you decide on, you can be assured that you are getting one of the most popular and supportive braces on the market today. For more information on this brace including sizing information CLICK HERE.

It is always recommended to consult with your treating doctor to determine the correct brace for your orthopedic condition. For more information on other braces please visit us at www.braceshop.com or call us at (866) 325-8045.

Product Review – The DonJoy Boomerang Wrist Brace For Tennis & Golf Injuries

Many patients and athletes with mild to moderate wrist injuries have a difficult time finding a wrist brace that can protect their wrist, but still allow them a certain level of activity. Golfers and Tennis players primarily, have problems with playing with protection, but without the bulkiness of standard off the shelf wrist braces. These braces tend to restrict too much movement and do not allow adequate flexibility to hold the racquet or golf club. The DonJoy Boomerang Wrist Brace solves these issues.

Wrist injuries in tennis usually are due to overuse. Like the more common “tennis elbow”, these conditions develop due to chronic repetitive movements, quick wrist motions and/or poor technique.

Wrist injuries usually involve inflammation of the tendons (tendonitis), nerve irritations (carpal tunnel syndrome), and in more serious cases, stress fractures and ligament tears.

Golf injuries primarily involve tendonitis of the left hand. Overuse and poor swing technique also contribute to this condition. A tight grip of the club also causes tendon issues such as De Quervain’s Disease.

In both sports, rest, ice, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and in some instances cortisone injections are necessary to improve the condition.

If injury is not severe, and you must keep playing, applying ice for couple of days and the use of a brace like the DonJoy Boomerang may keep the condition in check and prevent further injury.

The Boomerang Wrist Support is a unique design. It is a wrap-around style that provides compression and support, without being heavy and restrictive. It is ideal for mild wrist sprains and strains in both golf and tennis. The brace allows the athlete to grip the golf club and tennis racquet with the thumb and fingers. There is no metal or plastic inserts that can impede natural movement of the wrist.

The brace is universal in size and fits left or right wrists. As a wraparound brace, the patient can adjust the tension and support level of the brace simply by wrapping it more snug around the wrist and palm of the hand. A thumb loop keeps the brace in place and prevents slippage.

Another great feature of the brace is that it comes in two different materials. Neoprene material provides excellent compression and warmth. Drytex material is a lycra nylon material that is breathable and durable, without sweat retention.

Whichever material you choose, The DonJoy Boomerang Wrist Support is an excellent choice for those mild wrist injuries, and great for golf and all racket type sports. For more information on this brace and sizing information CLICK HERE.

It is always recommended to consult with your treating doctor to determine the correct brace for your orthopedic condition.  For information  go to www.braceshop.com or call us at (866) 325-8045.