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Donjoy Reaction knee brace

post #1 of 11
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Can anyone share experience with the Donjoy Reaction knee brace? I see that it is being used by the US Ski Team.

 

I have a couple pretty beat-up knees: 5 meniscus surgeries, severed ACL (never repaired), bone on bone, only muscle and arthritis holding them together. Still ski fast and hard but it can be painful. :(

 

Saw the ad in the recent Power Magazine and thought I might give them a try. Got a script. from my doctor.

 

Any comments??

post #2 of 11

I have the Donjoy Defiance. Great brace; I've tried several brands and this one has kept me skiing. But not sure the Reaction is what you want. It's really not for what you say you have, more for patellar issues, mild damage. I'd go see a ortho on this one, he/she will prolly recommend something like the Defiance, which is specifically for stabilizing and orienting knees with both OA and lost or stretched ligaments. It'll require a Rx to do it right, they do a mold to your individual leg, produce the product in a few weeks. They last longer than the Rx does. And your health insurance will cover it if you have the Rx. 

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Originally Posted by capt ron View Post
 

Can anyone share experience with the Donjoy Reaction knee brace? I see that it is being used by the US Ski Team.

 

I have a couple pretty beat-up knees: 5 meniscus surgeries, severed ACL (never repaired), bone on bone, only muscle and arthritis holding them together. Still ski fast and hard but it can be painful. :(

 

Saw the ad in the recent Power Magazine and thought I might give them a try. Got a script. from my doctor.

 

Any comments??

Have you looked in the Fitness, Injury section?  For instance, this thread:

http://www.epicski.com/t/108341/acl-braces-for-skiing-any-thoughts

 

Can also do a directed Google Search, something like "donjoy brace: epicski"

post #4 of 11

:ahijack: Speaking of which, has anyone seen that they've discovered a new knee ligament? For real. After 500 years of anatomy lessons. Called the anterolateral, prevents hyperextension, missed until now because it's smallish, thin, and often obliterated during other injuries. Tends to atrophy and disappear if torn. But may explain why ACL reconstructions still leave knees unstable. 

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:ahijack: Speaking of which, has anyone seen that they've discovered a new knee ligament? For real. After 500 years of anatomy lessons. Called the anterolateral, prevents hyperextension, missed until now because it's smallish, thin, and often obliterated during other injuries. Tends to atrophy and disappear if torn. But may explain why ACL reconstructions still leave knees unstable. 

 

Apologies for raining on your hijack but...

 

If you heard that scientists “discovered” a new ligament in the knee this week, that was incorrect. It was “described,” and while that’s important, there’s a distinction that doesn’t need explaining. The latter just makes a less sexy headline. I saw the news when it came out and (since it wasn’t a life or death detail) decided to chronicle a 24-hour snapshot of bunk information’s life on the Internet.

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No rain. :) Thanks for the link. The initial article I read was in the New York Times, which usually is reliable. It links, in turn, to the article in the J Anat, which is highly respected, peer reviewed. Said article noted right away that the structure in question was first described by a French surgeon in the 18th century. And concludes:

 

"By providing a detailed anatomical characterization of the ALL, this study clarifies the long-standing enigma surrounding the existence of a ligamentous structure connecting the femur with the anterolateral tibia. Given its structure and anatomic location, the ALL is hypothesized to control internal tibial rotation and thus to affect the pivot shift phenomenon, although further studies are needed to investigate its biomechanical function." 

 

In other words, the NYT and I were using "discover" in a casual way. In reality, things are seldom literally discovered in science, but on the other hand, a description that differentiates a new entity that was formerly lumped with others, or misunderstood, along with a new functional explanation that's testable, is pretty close. That's more than a re-description. 

 

Modern physics, paleontology, biology, and astronomy provide plenty of obvious examples. Plenty of fossil species have been discovered in material collected years ago, measured, catalogued, and left to collect (more) dust in a museum drawer. A fresh pair of eyes, a more careful set of measurements, a more relevant theory, and whoaah! a new ancestor. Same happens in zoology all the time when one species of say fish is observed carefully, perhaps some DNA is sampled, and discovered to be two species. Einstein didn't deal with much that hadn't been first described in the 19th century. But he provided a set of explanations and testable predictions that reshaped how we interpreted the old data. He was the discoverer of relativity. Watson and Crick weren't the first to describe DNA. By far. But they were the first to look at the descriptions and realize what they were looking at, what the implications were. So the Nobel committee considered them the co-discoverers. 

 

When I taught anatomy, the ALL, if and when we found something that must have been it, was considered to be a normal variant/accessory of the FCL. That is, we didn't see it as having its own function and own evolutionary backstory. We literally didn't see it. The ALL is not indicated in any anatomy text or atlas I own, or am familiar with. So to argue it's actually a new ligament with its own biomechanics is pretty close to a discovery, actually, whatever your link says. ;) 

post #7 of 11

Thanks for the thorough reply, I appreciate the insight from someone closer to the field than myself.  :)

 

You should check out this thread: http://www.epicski.com/t/122772/new-ligament-discovered-in-the-knee#post_1637386

post #8 of 11
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I have a pair of custom CTi2 braces (carbon fiber and titanium) that I use when riding my motocross bike. I have used them skiing, but they are a little cumbersome. I was looking for something a little more compact. Anything to minimize the grinding and resultant pain. Anything to make these 64 year old, oft abused knees last a little longer.

 

I'll check out the suggestions in above posts. Thanks.

post #9 of 11

Another treatment option when you're off the hill is blood flow stimulation therapy. It's electromagnetic therapy that you do at home while you're at rest. It helps to bring healthy nutrient rich blood to the injured knee to help it heal.

Worked wonders for my meniscus tear and I was able to avoid surgery.

If you google it, you can find lots of info on the therapy.

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Time to give a little update on the Donjoy Reaction. I got one for both knees (insurance covered it) and I'm very happy. As stated in my original post, my knees, especially the left one, are really a hot mess as a result of many old injuries and resultant surgeries. After using the Donjoys about ten times I can report that they are very comfortable, and that my knees do not hurt nearly as much after skiing as they used to when using my other (custom) Cti2 braces and they recover much faster, allowing me to ski several days in a row. They don't have the feeling of stability the the Cti2's do, but so far that hasn't been a problem. I believe that they do what the adds say they do and I would recommend them in a heartbeat. I'm just sayin'. :)

post #11 of 11

Just a little input about my DONJOY Defiance. I love it! I can finally wear a brace all day and have the confidence to hit the Steeps, bumps or what ever. I have attached pics. The one thing I will say is Bone on Bone whick I alos have this or any brace will do nothing for that. I I take some big drops and land a little back I am guaranteed to have a bone bruse. Yes it does hurt a lot and will kep me on the groomers for a few days. Dont expect miracles with braces. They are just a support to keep your knee in place. If anyone has any questions on my experiences Ill be glad to answer them. Thanks Bo

 

Personal - 5'11" - 230#, Level 8 or 3+. Boots are ROSSI AllTrack 130's, COREUPT SLASHERS 186, Nordica HotRod Burner 170's. Bone Bruses SUCK!!!

 

 

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