These four points may make you rethink about effective knee bracing
ONE. There are two types of ligament bracing - Passive and Dynamic. Because a DonJoy brace is not sprung-loaded, it can be mistaken for a passive brace when in fact it is a dynamic brace. The reason for this is because of DonJoy’s 4 Points of Leverage strapping, which keeps a continuous load against both the tibia and the femur. By doing so, the brace reduces the amount of anterior translation of the tibia and thus protects the ACL.
TWO. DonJoy braces are not just for ACL – it is true that DonJoy is widely recognised for its effective ACL bracing. However, many people are unaware that DonJoy offer more than just ACL. We have very effective PCL bracing as well. We have taken the very effective 4 Points of Leverage strapping for an ACL and reversed it, so that there is a constant load on the back of the Tibia preventing posterior translation. Simple but effective.
THREE. To support the clinical evidence of the DonJoy ACL and OA braces that comes out of the USA, these braces have been independently tested in the UK by professor Jim Richards at the University of Central Lancashire and we are proud to say they do what they say on the tin!
FOUR. DonJoy OA braces do not limit terminal extension – one of the advantages to using a DonJoy OA brace is the fact that they do not limit terminal extension that may be seen by other types of braces that ultilise a different type of unloading mechanism. As most people who wear OA braces will be doing so for a long period of time, clinicians have noted that by not restricting terminal extension the brace will not affect normal gait and help reduce longer-term issues that may occur from altered gait mechanics.