ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries, including ligament strains, are painful and often times severely limit your sporting activities or even your daily activity. Sometimes you might also have concurrent MCL, LCL, and PCL injuries which compound your rehabilitation or return to sport.
Fortunately, the proper knee brace is well-suited to reduce pain and / or get you back on the field. Follow along for everything you need to know about why the DonJoy Playmaker knee brace is the best on the market for active lifestyles.
Besides surgery, why is this brace a good idea for ACL injuries?
The DonJoy Playmaker II knee brace is a lightweight, comfortable, and adjustable knee brace that is designed to provide support and stability for the knee joint. The brace is made of a breathable fabric that is comfortable to wear and helps to keep the knee cool and dry. The brace is adjustable to fit a variety of knee sizes and has a Velcro strap that helps to keep it in place.
The Playmaker knee brace is designed to provide support and stability for ligament instabilities during movement to the knee joint while allowing a full range of motion. The brace also has a patella (kneecap) stabilizer that helps to protect the knee joint against ligament instability.
DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace: Ideal for Mild to Moderate Ligament injuries
Who is the DonJoy Playmaker brace designed for?
The DonJoy Playmaker knee brace is designed to provide support and protection for the knee joint, helping to prevent or reduce the severity of injuries. The brace can be used by high performance athletes of all levels, from recreational to professional, who participate in activities that put stress on the knee joint, such as basketball, football, soccer, baseball, volleyball, and other high-contact sports.
How long does it take to see results from using this popular knee brace?
The Playmaker hinge knee brace from DonJoy is a great way to help improve your knee function and reduce pain. It is important to follow the instructions carefully when using this brace. It is recommended to use this brace for at least six weeks. You may start to see some improvements in your knee function after a few weeks, but it may take up to six weeks to see the full benefits.
How long does the DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace last?
The DonJoy Playmaker knee brace is designed for use by athletes who participate in high-impact sports such as football, basketball, and soccer.
The brace is made of a lightweight, breathable material that is intended to provide support and stability to the knee joint while allowing for a full range of motion.
The brace is adjustable and can be worn on either the left or right leg. The DonJoy Playmaker knee brace is covered by a one-year warranty.
What are the side effects of using this Brace?
The DonJoy Playmaker knee brace is a support device that is designed to help protect the knee from further injury and to provide stability and comfort.The brace is easy to put on and take off, and can be worn during activities such as walking, running, and biking. It is also comfortable to wear for extended periods of time.
If you find that your brace is causing you discomfort (perhaps due to swelling) talk with your Dr. and halt usage and potentially scale back your activity levels.
What are the risks associated with using the Playmaker Knee Brace?
There are a few risks associated with using the DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace. One is that the brace could slip and cause you to fall. (Knee Sleeves can help mitigate slippage) Another is that the brace could rub against your skin and cause irritation.
Finally, if you have a pre-existing condition such as arthritis, the brace could make it worse. Consult with your healthcare professional to see if the the Playmaker is right for you.
How much does the Playmaker Knee Brace cost?
The DonJoy Playmaker knee brace typically costs between $200 and $300. However, the price may vary depending on the specific model and where it is purchased.
Where can I purchase the DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace?
The DonJoy Playmaker knee brace is available for purchase online, through your surgeon and at select retailers.
Is the DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace covered by insurance?
There is no simple answer to this question, as insurance policies vary greatly and each individual's policy will have different coverage. It is always best to check with your own insurance provider to see if they will cover the cost of the DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace, or any other medical device or treatment. The Playmaker is an HSA (Health Savings Account) and FSA covered product though and OrthoBracing.com does accept those debit cards at checkout.
How does the knee brace work?
The Playmaker hinge knee brace is designed to provide support and stability to the knee joint while allowing a full range of motion. It is made of a lightweight, breathable material (neoprene, nylon and spandex) that is comfortable to wear and allows for sufficient airflow.
The brace has two adjustable straps that allow you to customize the fit. The brace also has a patella stabilizer that helps to protect the knee joint.
How is the Playmaker Knee Brace different from other knee braces?
The DonJoy Playmaker wraparound knee brace is different from other knee braces in a few ways.
- First, it is made of a lightweight, breathable material that is comfortable to wear. Comfort is key in these types of braces.
- Second, it has a unique design that allows for full range of motion while providing support and stability.
- Third, the Playmaker knee brace is easy to put on and take off, and it is adjustable to ensure a perfect fit.
How does the DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace help with knee pain?
The DonJoy Playmaker knee brace is a knee support device that helps to stabilize the knee and reduce pain. It is made of a lightweight, breathable material that is comfortable to wear. The brace has a Velcro strap that goes around the thigh and a second strap that goes around the calf. The brace is adjustable to fit a variety of leg sizes.
For more insight into dealing with knee pain, read on:
Knee Pain: Common Causes & Treatment
DonJoy Playmaker Information and Frequently Asked Questions
What are the features and technology inside the DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace?
- Hi10TM (high tenacity nylon/spandex fabric) offers unmatched comfort and fit which provides a "cooler" experience
- DonJoy's New Advanced Spacer fabric promotes a "cool" environment for activities on all levels
- Molded strap tabs allow quick and easy strap adjustments to deliver a secure and comfortable fit. (Only available on the Drytex material)
- Open Popliteal for comfort
- Instructions for use
What's the Difference between Sleeve Vs. Wraparound Brace
Sleeves require you to remove your shoe and slide the brace over your foot. Fits more snugly and stays in place. Once it's on it's requires little adjustment. The negative of a sleeve is it doesn't work well over pants.
Wraparound braces are easier to apply especially for those with less hand strength and can be worn over thin pants. The velcro can be tightened or loosened for a more adjustable fit. Great for users who can't bend over as well and have trouble getting a sleeve on or off.
The negative of a wraparound brace is the velcro can loosen during activity requiring a quick tightening of the Velcro.
DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace Video
Playmaker Wrap-Around Knee Brace Size Chart
Take the measurement of your thigh and calf 6" above and below your kneecap using a flexible type tape measure. Use the circumference you measure here to choose your size. Brace Length: 16 Inches // Brace Style: Soft Hinged
|XS||13" - 15.5" (33-39 cm)||12"-13" (30-33 cm)||10"-12" (25-30 cm)|
|S||15.5" - 18 .5" (39-47 cm)||13"-14" (33-35 cm)||12"-14" (30-35 cm)|
|M||18.5" - 21" (47-53 cm)||14"-15" (35-38 cm)||14"-16" (35-40 cm)|
|L||21" - 23.5" (53-60 cm)||15"-17" (38-43 cm)||16"-18" (40-45 cm)|
|XL||23.5" - 26.5" (60-67 cm)||17"-19" (43-48 cm)||18"-20" (45-50 cm)|
|XXL||26.5" - 29.5" (67-75 cm)||19"-21" (48-53 cm)||20"-22" (50-55 cm)|
|XXXL||29.5" - 32" (75-83 cm)||21"-23" (53-58 cm)||22"-24" (55-60 cm)|
|1.Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart, legs slightly bent and leg muscles contracted.|
|2. Measure up six inches from the center of your knee with a tape measure, as shown.|
|3. Measure the circumference of your thigh at the 6-inch mark, as shown.|
|4. Measure down six inches from the center of your knee with a tape measure, as shown. Then measure the circumference of your calf at the 6-inch mark.
DonJoy Knee Brace Sizing Video
Where do I need a prescription to get DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace?
No, a prescription is not needed, but having a fitting by your healthcare providers is a great idea.
Does this brace help with a meniscus tear?
No, this brace is not designed for this specific purpose.
DonJoy Playmaker II Wrap Around Knee Brace
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