ACL Everyday Knee BracesACL Everyday Knee Braces

Introduction


The ACL Everyday by DonJoy® is extremely comfortable, light and ideally suited for everyday use. The brace is designed for mild ACL/MCL/LCL instabilities and incorporates the 4 Points of Leverage™ system pioneered by DonJoy®.

Indications


The brace is designed for Grade 1 ACL/MCL/LCL instabilities. Read below for information on ligament injury classification.

Information on Ordering


How do you avoid a mistake when ordering for your patient?

Choose the right size by marking the mid point of the patella with the patient standing in the schuss position. Measure the circumference of the thigh at 15cm above this point. If I were you before you choose from the drop down list write down your patients indication then the length, side and finally size before you even touch the drop down menu.

x=1=XS=33-39 cm
x=2=S=39-47 cm
x=3=M=47-53 cm
x=4=L=53-60 cm
x=5=XL=60-67 cm
x=6=XXL=67-75 cm
x=7=XXXL=75-81 cm

After you have chosen, click off the menu and unbold the choice before you roll your mouse wheel because you might inadvertantly change your choice with the roll of the wheel.

Innovations


• Total Comfort Guarantee
• 4 Points of LeverageTM system pioneered by DonJoy
• Lightweight (15 oz.)
• Sleek, low profile (.080'' thick), aesthetically pleasing, aircraft grade aluminum frame
• Ergonomic, swooping thigh and calf cuffs provide clearance for the contralateral leg
• Contoured, flexible cuff shells conform to patient anatomy
• Hypoallergenic Sili-Grip strap pads promote brace suspension
• 10° soft stops to reduce impact noise
• Short brace length (13'') accommodates short inseams
• 1 year warranty on frame and hinges
• 6 month warranty on soft goods

Grading any Ligament Injury and the ACL Bracing Debate



Mr John Hardy is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in London and Bristol in the UK.

John said that " A ligament is a band of fibrous connective tissue composed mainly of collagen fibres".

He said "Ligaments connect bones to other bones to form part of the mechanism controlling the stability of a joint. The stability of any joint is due to the shape of a joint, the muscles surrounding the joint and the ligamants that cross a joint".

John said: "Ligament injuries are classified into three grades. Strictly an injury to a ligament is called a sprain. A strain is an injury to the musculotendenous junction though this is often incorrectly used for tendon injury".

A ligamant Sprain is either Grade 1 where there is pain on stressing but no laxity. Grade 2 is pain and laxity but there is a defined endpoint to the laxity (i.e. a partially torn ligamant) and Grade 3 is where the ligament is completely ruptured". "I tend to offer surgical repair to Grade 3 ligament injuries like the lateral collateral and posterolateral corner rupture in the rugby player in the image on the left".

We also asked John if he used an ACL Brace after one of his patient's ACL reconstructions and he said: The clinical evidence is good that except in exceptional circumstances ACL braces are not necessary in the immediate post operative period. For example the study by (Harilainen A, Sandelin J. Post-operative use of knee brace in bone-tendon-bone patellar tendon anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: 5-year follow-up results of a randomized prospective study. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2006 Feb;16(1):14-8.) showed no difference in the braced compared with the non-braced patients. However, I use 2 types of brace after ACL reconstruction the Knee Support for return to contact sport after 6 months and the Armor type ACL knee brace for patients who want to return to skiing or who have a less than secure fixation for example smokers or patients on steroids.