- Installation / Setup
• Lightweight aluminum frame provides comfort and durability
• Improves natural gait
• Reduces the amount of time your knee is in an “at risk” position
• A little pricier than other braces
• Separate neoprene sleeve recommended to prevent brace from sliding
Updated on 2018-02-18 – The Donjoy FullForce Knee Brace is one of the most highly recommended braces for protecting the ACL from injury or recovering from ACL surgery. Specifically designed to treat moderate to severe ACL problems, ACL reconstruction surgery, and hyperextension, this brace is capable of addressing any ACL instability you have. We hope you find this knee brace review helpful.
Donjoy FullForce Ligament Knee Brace – Design Details
With over 30 years’ experience, Donjoy is a huge player in the bracing industry and are well known for their amazing products. The Donjoy Fullforce Knee Brace with Fourcepoint technology is unlike any other in the bracing industry and one that is proven clinically to protect the ACL. The Donjoy FullForce is often worn by athletes who suffer from ACL problems who can’t afford to be weighed down by a heavy brace. It’s well-suited for contact sports like football, hockey, lacrosse, as well as other activities like baseball, cycling, walking and hiking. This brace is an excellent choice for anyone who is recovering from an ACL injury or is trying to prevent one.
The Fourcepoint hinge design optimizes the function of the Donjoy 4-Points-of Leverage System and enhances the general mechanical performance of the brace, which results in the reduction of shear forces thrown at the knee, but also increases flexion angles simultaneously. In a recent study, it was shown that athletes who trained with the Donjoy 4-Points-of Leverage brace that has a FourcePoint hinge had the risk of experiencing a non-contact ACL injury reduced by more than 50 percent.
The FourcePoint Hinge and 4-Points-of-Leverage system (see image above) are what make this brace so successful in treating ACL problems. The 4-Points-of-Leverage system was developed to reduce the strain on your ACL by distributing the load placed on your ligament to four specific points, two anterior and two posterior. It features a distinct cuff and strapping arrangement which creates a net differential posterior force to the shinbone (tibia) which helps to prevent anterior movement of this important bone. According to the configuration, the Four Points of Leverage has the center of the hinge superior to the joint line and slightly posterior to the midline. With this 4-point configuration, points 1 and 3 compresses soft tissue, a move which isolates the thighbone (femur) and pushes it to the front. Points 2 and 4 draw the posterior of the tibia, a movement which creates a net differential force directly above the tibia and prevents it from moving forward. This produces less strain on the ACL. Meanwhile the FourcePoint Hinge reduces your risk of suffering an injury (or re-injuring your knee) by minimizing the amount of time your knee is in an “at risk” position. This is accomplished by applying progressive resistance throughout movement.
Donjoy FullForce Ligament Knee Brace – Features & Benefits
This knee brace is supported by Donjoy’s Knee Guarantee program, which is the first time a manufacturer of prefabricated bracing will offer customers. Multiple sizes are available, which is great since no athlete is alike. (See sizing chart below). It’s also extremely lightweight and durable, which makes it easy to handle and care for. The Donjoy Fullforce Ligament Knee Brace can help with the following knee problems:
- It can be used to treat knee injuries such as ACL, MCL and LCL injuries. It reduces the strain on the knee during these injuries and helps to reduce the pain.
- It also helps prevent stop shock syndrome
- It can help to provide maximum support and stability for athletes. Sporting activities require a high level of physical fitness and agility. FullForce is designed to provide full support and stability to a recovering athlete while engaging in a sporting activity to prevent a recurrence of the injury.
- FullForce can also improve joint function after a person has undergone treatment to repair a joint which was dislocated.
- It can help increase high impact activity such as playing soccer or football after sustaining an injury to the knee.
- Additionally, the bracing can help to delay knee surgery.
There aren’t many cons to be found with this knee brace. It’s perfect for everyday use and demanding physical activities and easily adjusted for a comfortable, personal fit. It is a little more expensive than other braces you can get to treat ACL injuries but there really isn’t a brace to compare it to in terms of comfort, support, and protection. The only thing missing is the neoprene sleeve. Although it’s more of a personal preference, you may want to consider buying the separate neoprene sleeve to wear under the brace just to reduce the risk of sliding or rubbing over time.
Overall Opinion – If you’re dealing with ACL problems, the Donjoy FullForce Knee Brace comes highly recommended for serious athletes, weekend warriors, and every day workers. It comes with a hefty price tag but you’ll get a lot of mileage out of this brace. It’s also a great confidence booster and anyone who’s ever suffered an ACL injury knows how important it is to be able to trust your knee again. The FullForce knee brace helps make that possible.
Donjoy Fullforce Product Demonstration
You can also check out our review on the Donjoy Legend which is another fantastic ligament knee brace, or any of our other knee brace reviews.
Disclaimer – I am not a doctor and I am not qualified to provide medical advice. This review was posted for informational purposes only and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Read full disclaimer.
Updated on 2018-02-18 – Included additional information on the design aspects of the brace.