Product Review: DonJoy Reaction Knee Brace
When you first look at the DonJoy Reaction Knee Brace, the first thing that comes to mind is "what is that". This knee brace does not look like anything out there. Does it work? What's it for? This review will help you decide.
There are many orthopedic knee conditions that an athlete can obtain. Pain in back of the knee, on top of the knee, below the knee, the sides of the knee and inside the knee joint itself. One of the most common conditions that occur in sports is called patellofemoral pain syndrome. It is sometimes referred to as "runners knee". The pain occurs in front of the knee around the kneecap. This condition is aggravated by running, jumping and going up and down steps.
Chondromalacia Patella is caused by mal-alignment of the patella in the femoral groove, improper shoe gear, aggressive sports, uneven terrain, muscle imbalance and several other biomechanical conditions.
The Reaction Knee Brace by DonJoy was developed by world renown orthopedic surgeon, Dr. William Nordt. The premise of the Reaction Knee Brace is similar to a spider web. This knee brace uses a unique elastomer that according to DonJoy, "pulls" pain away from your knee. If you can visualize a spider web in the wind, bouncing up and down, absorbing the force of the wind, you get an idea of how this brace functions.
The web absorbs the shock of running and jumping, dispersing energy throughout the brace, shifting the pain away from the kneecap. The web acts like a spring to absorb stress and shifts the peak loads away from the knee.
Many patients that have worn this knee brace have demonstrated remarkable improvement. For those of you who like to read studies, here is one: A Novel Knee Orthosis in the Treatment of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.
The design of the Reaction Knee Brace acts to dynamically stabilize the patella on all sides, bringing the patella into proper tracking position for patients with shallow femoral grooves and muscular imbalance.
A new back pad was added to the knee brace, allowing the brace to better fit and conform to the knee.
The DonJoy Reaction Knee Brace is available with an undersleeve to prevent the knee brace from movement and prevent any skin irritation. The Reaction Knee Support is also available in multiple colors.