Knee braces are designed to transfer load while allowing for normal knee function and are designed for prophylactic or functional use. Prophylactic knee braces can be used for most sports and are typically used to stabilise the knee in the coronal and sagittal planes of movement to prevent straining the MCL (medial collateral ligament) and LCL (lateral collateral ligament) and ACL (anterior crutiate ligament).
Functional knee braces are designed and used to prevent recurrent instability in patients with ACL (anterior crutiate ligament) or PCL (posterior crutiate ligament) tears. The majority of the functional knee braces are designed to protect a patient with an ACL-deficient knee or to protect the ACL reconstructed graft while returning to full activity. Knee braces are available off-the-shelf or are custom fabricated. Both have proven to be effective if the geometry of the braces matches the geometry of the extremity. Off-the-shelf braces are designed based on the approximate geometry and length of the individual’s knee.
Therefore we recommend that you/the patient should try different braces from different companies in order to determine the best fit and function.
Donjoy Defiance (custom designed)
The DonJoy Defiance is a lightweight brace that provides durable support for moderate – to severe ACL, PCL, MCL and LCL instabilities. It has a low profile design that fits comfortably underneath clothing and sports uniforms. The brace is designed with clinically proving technology which includes a 4-point- leverage system. The brace can be designed in the patient’s colour of choice.
DonJoy Armor (off-the-shelf)
The DonJoy Armor knee brace provides athletes involved with contact and extreme sports a knee brace with uncompromised strength that will provide proven protection of the knee joint. It is designed with a steel reinforced hinge plate for extra strength while the low profile FourcePoint hinge and internally mounted straps promote bilateral use that won’t impede performance of the athlete.
The CTi OTS ligament knee brace provides a high level of protection and support with off the shelf convenience. The brace is indicated for ACL, MCL, LCL, PCL, rotary and combined instabilities of the knee. It is designed with a rock-solid CTi carbon frame and outfitted with anatomically correct Accutrac hinges and flexible cuffs and buckles. Thus, providing a rigid exoskeleton that stabilizes the knee joint.
The Custom CTi is similar to the CTi OTS but is designed according to the exact contours of the patient. The Custom CTi also provides the ultimate combination of stabilization and protection of the injured knee joint. The CTi custom knee braces are available in 3 models: the Vapor, Standard and ProSport and can be further customized with a variety of options, colours, designs and/ or accessories.