Choosing the Right Shoulder Brace for your Shoulder Injury
Choosing the best suited shoulder brace for specific type of injury may not be an easy task.
Though there are lots of braces for general purpose, most often than not, these braces are not enough to ease the pain and improve the condition of the hurting shoulder.
And if used long-term, chances are the unsuited brace may even aggravate the condition, which may cause more serious problem for the shoulders.
This article is all about the selection process in choosing a shoulder brace. Read on and find out how you can get the best brace for your shoulder condition.
There are many types of shoulder brace available in the market, there are shoulder supports for better posture, surgical braces for rehabilitation, shoulder immobilizer for serious shoulder injuries, compression brace for sports and sling brace for minor injuries.
Each type has its particular function, which obviously affects the materials used for the construction of the brace.
Choosing a shoulder brace by Support level
Support rating schemes are used to rate the support level of a particular type of brace. Usually, braces are labeled as “basic, moderate and high.”
Basic Support Shoulder Brace
This type of support brace is usually made up of smaller and stretchable fabric or light neoprene.
This is good for people looking for minor support for their shoulder during normal day of work or even during sleep, as it’s fairly comfortable to wear. I
f you’re looking for this kind of brace and wear it for long periods of time, then your best bet is to wear something with a strap, as this will help hold the brace in place.
Also, consider the shape of the brace, where do you want it to cut across?
There is a basic shoulder with a narrow strap and cuts right across the chest, and there are types with multiple and even wider straps.
This type however, is uncomfortable to wear, especially for women. And if the brace is made up of neoprene, it can cause sweating, and can be very uneasy to put on. [easyazon-block asin=”B002DPBH1G” align=”none”]
Moderate Support Shoulder Brace
This type shoulder brace support is made up of thicker neoprene, and it covers more shoulder area than the basic type. The fabric is a more comfortable version though, and it usually includes more than one strap to lock in and secure its place in the shoulders.
McDavid 462R Universal Shoulder Support
One of the most popular choices for this type of shoulder brace in Amazon is the [easyazon-link asin=”B000Y8IB3G”]McDavid 462R Universal Shoulder Support[/easyazon-link].
This brace retains therapeutic body heat though its thermal neoprene, which definitely helps promotes healing for the injured shoulder.
This support works best for athletes and active day, as it allows shoulder movement and better support at the same time.
However, if you intend to use a brace for a long period of time, then you might settle for the Basic support with stretchable fabric style. [easyazon-block asin=”B000Y8IB3G” align=”none”]
High Support Shoulder Brace
This type of support level is usually used to completely immobilized the injured shoulder joint or for post-operative recovery.
High support shoulder brace is not usually used for any sports or strenuous activity as it simply doesn’t allow its wearer to move the covered shoulder.
This type of brace may also be made up of tougher materials such as carbon fiber or metal to prevent its wearer in moving the affected shoulder.
Mueller Shoulder Brace
The popular choice for this type of support brace in Amazon is the [easyazon-link asin=”B001IF5X1M”]Mueller Shoulder Brace[/easyazon-link].
This brace is perfect for dislocation injuries and shoulder rehabilitation where total arm rehab is needed. T
his brace includes a 6” wide elastic shoulder strap anchored to a 10” wide band that wraps all over the chest and has a Velcro closure. This creates a backward pressure and a downward pull on the shoulder, helping to reduce subluxation of the joint.
Remember to chose left or right shoulder version depending upon which shoulder is injured. [easyazon-block asin=”B001IF5X1M” align=”none”]
Choosing Shoulder Brace by injury type
Posture related shoulder injuries
For Posture related injury or clavicle problems, then a posture shoulder brace is usually required.
The [easyazon-link asin=”B004CUKPLI”]OPPO Posture/Clavicle Brace[/easyazon-link]and [easyazon-link asin=”B0007D34KI”]Saunders Posture Support[/easyazon-link] are two of the most popular choice for this type of shoulder support. Both provide good support down from the lower back, to spine and shoulders while allowing its wearer for a freer and comfortable movement. [easyazon-block asin=”B0007D34KI” align=”none”] [easyazon-block asin=”B004CUKPLI” align=”none”]
Shoulder Joint injuries
For Joint injuries, then shoulder braces that holds the joint in place can make a lot of difference, as it provide better support in the soft tissue through compression. T
he type of support needed of course depends on the severity of the injury. For minor problems, braces with basic level support are usually enough.
Frozen shoulder and shoulder arthritis
For arthritis problems and frozen shoulder conditions, a [easyazon-link asin=”B00132UPUY”]shoulder brace with thermal wrap[/easyazon-link] can help alleviate the condition by providing heat therapy in the affected area.
These braces though provide heat therapy, and not support. [easyazon-block asin=”B00132UPUY” align=”none”]
Consider these tips in choosing a shoulder brace for your shoulder condition and wear the one best suited to address your shoulder injury.
If in any doubt, always seek proper medical advice from your doctor before using a shoulder brace.
Shoulder Exercise and Shoulder Pain Relief
Exercise is an important part of shoulder treatment. My shoulder program contains full details to help rehabilitating and strengthening you shoulder simple to do at home, you can order it by clicking the link below:
Always check with your doctor first, but generally exercising your shoulder regularly will help you get relief from shoulder pain. Never repeat an exercise if you feel that it aggravates your pain. Stop the exercise immediately if it hurts.
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