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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.

Why Should I Wear A Knee Brace?

Knee Brace

Types of Knee Braces

There are basically three types of braces: Post-operative, functional and preventative/prophylactic knee braces. Post-op braces are usually prescribed following surgery or an injury when the knee requires complete immobilization.

There are basically three types of braces: Post-operative, functional and preventative/prophylactic knee braces.

Post-op braces are usually prescribed following surgery or an injury when the knee requires complete immobilization. These braces are usually long braces that may extend from the upper thigh to the lower leg. After surgery or a severe knee injury, mild to moderate pain and edema of the knee occurs. Your doctor may prescribe a knee immobilizer which prevents the knee from bending. These devices are used as an alternative to cast immobilization.

The doctor may also prescribe a post-operative brace that has hinges that offer range of motion capabilities. These post-operative braces are innovative, easy-to-use braces that can adjust the range of motion with the click of a button. These braces can immobilize the knee and then allow controlled increases in range-of-motion as the knee heals and the patient begins physical therapy.

There is no controversy with these types of braces, as they have proven effective and efficient as an alternative to cast immobilization.

Functional braces are hinged supports that support and take over the function of damaged knee ligaments in and around the knee. These braces can be fabric style with hinges, or complete metal frames or carbon fiber. These braces are designed to protect the MCL (Medial Collateral Ligaments), LCL (Lateral Collateral Ligament), Meniscus, ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) and PCL (Posterior Cruciate Ligament). You may have noticed some professional football players using these types of braces.

Prophylactic or preventative braces are supports that are used by some athletes that do not have an injury, but prefer to wear a brace to prevent injury, especially in high impact and contact sports like football, rugby, skiing and water sports. This is where we get some controversy.

Many doctors feel it is not only unnecessary to wear a brace to support a normal joint, but may cause harm, as it may affect the biomechanics of the patients gait. Some doctors are also concerned about weakness in the knee joint from prolonged use of knee braces. The more rigid braces will remove stress away from the knee and the surrounding muscles and ligaments and may cause atrophy and loss of bone density.

Many doctors however feel that given the right circumstances, these braces, when used properly, can provide a level of protection for athletes, especially in high impact sports. Some patients with inherited unstable knees can benefit from this type of brace.

It is important that you consult with your physician and therapist before deciding on a knee brace. There are hundreds of manufacturers and thousands of knee braces to choose from, so it can be very confusing. There are braces specific for ACL tears, and ones for patella tracking. If you purchase the wrong brace for your condition, you may not only risk further injury, but may cause other problems.  Feel free to browse www.braceshop.com and Shop By Condition to see which type of brace you should be looking for or feel free to call our technical department at (866)325-8045.