Custom Fit Bracing

What is a custom knee brace?

A custom knee brace is constructed according to precise and accurate measurements taken from the patient’s mid-thigh to the middle of the lower leg of the injured side. The brace is designed to fit only the dimensions of that patient’s leg.

A custom brace consists of two geared polycentric (metal) hinges built into a rigid carbon composite frame. The brace is held to the patient’s leg by a series of Velcro straps that are secured to the brace.

Custom knee braces limit tibial translation and rotation of the knee joint (ACL/PCL injury), support the knee joint with side to side motion (for LCL/MCL injury), and offload the knee joint (meniscus injury/osteoarthritis).

At the Sport Medicine Clinic, we utilize DonJoy Custom Braces.

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Briana Bradstreet

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FAQ

What conditions are treated and/or improved with custom bracing?

Common conditions treated include:

  • ACL ligament tear
  • Post-operative ACL ligament repair
  • Meniscus tear
  • Post-operative meniscus debridement or repair
  • MCL or LCL ligament injury
  • Unicompartmental osteoarthritis of the knee (OA)
  • PCL ligament tear

How do I order my brace?

Book an appointment at the Clinic to be measured for your custom knee brace.

Once the brace is received from DonJoy, you will be contacted for a follow-up appointment to have our staff educate you on how to apply your brace

How long will it take before I get my brace?

A standard order takes approximately 2 weeks. A rush order can take 3 – 5 business days.

What is the cost of a custom knee brace?

The cost of the Defiance is $1,695.00 and is exempt from both provincial and federal taxes. This cost includes all fittings, shipping, and follow-up care that pertain to the brace (refurbishments are not included).

A deposit of 50% is required prior to the brace being ordered. We will provide you with a receipt when full payment is made to submit directly to your insurance, if required.

What is the warranty from DonJoy for my custom knee brace?

Your frame/hinges have a lifetime limited warranty. The pads, straps, and liners for the brace will have a 6 month warranty.

What if my brace stops fitting in the first year after purchase?

If your brace is not fitting correctly, we will re-measure and re-make the brace (up to 1 year after the brace was initially made).

After 1 year, any re-measurements and re-fitting come at an additional charge.

What if I need a replacement of the soft parts on my brace?

Refurbishments may be completed at an additional charge, depending on what parts need replacement or repair. Please contact the Clinic directly for more information.

Why should I get a custom knee brace rather than a regular one from the drugstore?

A Defiance 3 with forcepoint hinge or A22 brace provide maximal support for ACL injuries (stops tibial translation and limits some rotation).

Defiance 3 braces with standard hinge unloads the knee joint when unicompartmental osteoarthritis or meniscus injury are present.

Defiance 3 standard hinge provides maximal support for MCL and LCL injuries.

Are custom knee braces covered by OHIP or the assistive devices program (ADP)?

No, custom knee braces are not covered under OHIP or the ADP.

Are custom knee braces covered under my extended health insurance program?

A custom knee brace may be covered under your extended health benefits. Please check with your benefits provider prior to your appointment. Note that some insurance providers may require a physician referral. The Sport Medicine Clinic will provide you with an invoice to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement, if applicable. 

We suggest you ask your insurance to pre-approve the cost of your brace prior to ordering.

Do I need a referral to get a custom knee brace at the Sport Medicine Clinic?

Most insurance companies will require a physical referral letter to cover the cost of the brace. Please check with your insurance provider in advance of ordering your brace to ensure you are able to claim your brace and to find out what documentation you may require.

Do I need to be a Sport Medicine Clinic patient to purchase a custom knee brace?

No, you do not need to be a patient of the Clinic to purchase a custom knee brace. Non-members are most welcome.

Can I use my brace in water?

Yes, you can get the brace wet as it is waterproof. We recommend letting the brace and soft parts (i.e. straps, liners, pads) to air dry after exposure to water.

Can I ski with my brace?

Yes! The brace is designed to be used while skiing or water skiing.

How do I clean my brace? What if my hinge becomes difficult to move?

To clean the liners, straps, and pads:

  • Remove the brace
  • Handwash with water or MILD detergent
  • Rinse well with cold water
  • Let it air dry
  • Clean & dry liners will result in less skin irritations

To clean the brace frame and hinges:

  • Wipe with a damp cloth

Oiling the hinges is not necessary. If the hinges become difficult to move or do not function normally, they mat need to be repaired. This may be covered under warranty, if still within the specified time frame.

Where do I go if I want more information?

For more information on custom braces provided by DonJoy Global, click here.

Is the Sport Medicine Clinic accepting new clients for custom knee bracing?

Yes! Please call 416-865-0903 or email us today to book your appointment.

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