Hinged Knee Braces

A rigid hinged knee brace can provide a maximum level of support to the knee. Hinged braces are ideal for day-to-day activities and all sports for those who are suffering from mild to moderate ligament injuries or instabilities, meniscus injuries, sprains or osteoarthritis. For severe ligament injuries or for those involved in contact sports like football or basketball, it is important to select one of the rigid hinged braces. Rigid hinged braces provide a maximum level of support and typically don't have a sleeve or wrap. Soft-hinged braces provide a moderate level of support and combine hinge support with a knee sleeve or wrap for compression. Need ACL protection or want a custom fit? Try a custom knee brace.

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    DonJoy Performance Bionic Drytex Knee Sleeve
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    Joint stabilizing, bilateral hinged knee sleeve with an open patella design. Learn More
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    DonJoy Advantage Stabilizing Hinged Knee Wrap
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How Does a Rigid Hinged Knee Brace Work?

A Rigid hinged knee brace can provide maximum level of support for the knee. They guard against ligament tears and other knee injuries. Many rigid hinged knee braces have specially designed hinges situated on each side of the knee to help stabilize the knee joint and to prevent it from moving unnaturally. They also come with straps that hold the knee brace in proper position on your knee. When the thigh bone (femur) and shin bone (tibia) move too far apart from one another, that can over-stretch the ligaments, leading to knee injuries such as ACL tears and meniscus strain. That's exactly what rigid hinged knee braces help prevent. If you participate in sports or have had previous knee injuries, then a rigid hinged knee brace could help provide the extra support and stabilization you need to perform at your highest level. Check out some of our top rigid hinged knee braces:

DonJoy Defiance III Custom Knee Brace - One of our best custom knee braces from our DonJoy collection.
DonJoy Armor with FourcePoint Hinge - This hinge helps to prevent non-contact ACL injuries.
DonJoy FullForce - one of our most popular rigid hinged knee braces

When to Wear a Soft Hinged Knee Brace?

Soft hinged knee braces are a great choice for individuals looking for moderate knee support and protection. They are often used by athletes because they help stabilize the knee joint during running, jumping, pivoting and other movement. Athletes that participate in basketball, soccer, and other sports that involve lots of running often wear soft hinged knee braces. Soft hinged knee braces help by combining the compression of knee sleeves with the strength of a hinged knee brace to keep your leg from the types of movement that cause ligament tears and knee strain. They are also great for individuals who have had previous knee injuries. A well-made soft hinged knee brace won't get in your way as you move around, and it should be breathable and comfortable to wear. Take a look at the leading soft hinged knee braces:

DonJoy Playmaker - a popular knee brace because it's comfortable but provides ample protection against knee injuries
DonJoy Deluxe Hinged - helps protect against knee ligament and cartilage tears