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How to choose the Right Shoulder Brace

Choosing the Right Shoulder Brace for your Shoulder Injury

Shoulder Brace

Shoulder Brace

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:

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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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Tim Allardyce

DO MCSP SRP

Exercises For Shoulder Pain

 

How to Prevent Acromioclavicular Injuries

Shoulder injuries

Shoulder injuries involving the acromioclavicular joint are all too common. As I explained in my last post, acromioclavicular injuries are usually impact injuries that tend to be caused either from high-impact sports or from falling on your hand.

Preventing Acromioclavicular Injury

Precautions can be taken to prevent injury during sport, for example wearing shoulder pads, practicing correct technique and exercising. There is less that can be done to prevent falling, except  being careful and taking general safety precautions. Try to prevent accidents where possible and if you do happen to fall and feel that you have injured your shoulder then get help immediately.

Strengthening your muscles with shoulder exercises and ensuring that you are using the correct techniques during sport can also help to prevent acromioclavicular injuries.

How to Prevent Shoulder Impact Injuries

Preventing Shoulder Impact Injuries

A proper warm up routine is very important to help prevent sports related shoulder injuries. It is also essential to wear shoulder supports when playing high impact sports. For example,if you are playing rugby, football, or hockey then you should always wear shoulder supports to protect your shoulders against impact injuries.

Acromioclavicular injuries

Often  impact injuries to the shoulder affect the acromioclavicular joint.

Impact injuries can also occur when you fall off a bicycle or horse and so if you are a serious cyclist or rider then you may want to consider using shoulder supports when you do this as well.

What Are The Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen shoulder is  an increasingly common shoulder injury and I’m frequently asked, “What Are The Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder?”

Frozen shoulder is a very painful condition of the shoulder joint. The most characteristic symptom is  severely restricted shoulder movement.

In frozen shoulder, the shoulder joint capsule and the surrounding soft tissues undergo inflammation, stiffness and contraction, thereby affecting all the movements of the involved shoulder. 

Because shoulder movements become painful sufferers tends to keep the shoulder  immobile, giving rise to the name “frozen shoulder”.

The type of pain is another symptom of this condition. Frozen shoulder pain is ususally described as dull, boring, aching in nature. In the initial stages, it gets more in intense at night, often disturbing  sleep. As frozen shoulder  progresses, the pain persists  day and night.

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Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Surgery

With Arthroscopic  surgery the Rotator Cuff repair  is done by a series of small cuts around the shoulder. Flexible wires called “portals” are introduced through the cuts. These enable the surgeon to see and assess the shoulder damage.

Removal of spurs from the underside of the acromion and repair of the rotator cuff tear are done through the portals themselves using flexible wires capable of carrying various cutting and suturing instruments within themselves in to the joint. This procedure requires a highly proficient and experienced orthopedic surgeon.

Advantage of arthroscopic surgery

The advantage of arthroscopic surgery is that postoperative pain, recovery and rehabilitation are comparatively better. But open shoulder surgery and mini open surgeries provide assured and long term results, especially if the initial rotator cuff tear is very large.

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Mini Open Repair Rotator Cuff Surgery

Mini open repair Rotator Cuff Surgery is a cross between the open and arthroscopic repair.

With Mini open repair the incision is only about 4 cm long. The deltoid muscle is not cut open in this method. Instead, an arthroscope is used to assess the damage and remove the bony fragments of spurs in the underside of the acromion.

Subsequently, the torn rotator cuff tendon is reattached to the humeral head. The incision is then closed in layers.

An advantage of mini open rotator cuff surgery is that recovery is generally quicker than with fully open surgery.

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Open Repair Rotator Cuff Surgery

In open repair rotator cuff surgery a small incision of is made over the shoulder joint. The deltoid muscle, which covers the shoulder joint, is exposed. It is then cut to gain access to the tear.

Re-attaching of the torn rotator cuff tendon to the bone closes the tear. Any bony fragments or spurs are also removed during the procedure. The deltoid muscle is again sutured together. Then the tissues under the skin, and finally the skin are closed.

The results of open rotator cuff surgery provide are generally very good, but disadvantages are that compared to arthroscopic surgery the postoperative pain can be worse, and recovery and rehabilitation takes longer.

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Rotator Cuff Surgery Options

Shoulder surgery is sometimes necessary to treat rotator cuff injuries such as rotator cuff tears. For example, if the rotator cuff injury is accompanied with a decrease in strength of the affected shoulder joint then the injury may require surgery.

There are three different types of shoulder surgery for rotator cuff injuries. These are

1. Open rotator cuff repair
2. Mini open rotator cuff repair
3. Arthroscopic surgery

In my next posts I will examine these different types of rotator cuff surgery in more detail.

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What is the Best Treatment For Dislocated Shoulder?

A study recent study (Jakobsen et al, 2007) that compared the long term results following surgical and conservative treatment strategies for primary shoulder dislocations found that surgical repair produced better results, with better long term prognosis.

According to the results of the study after 2 years, about 56% of the dislocated shoulder patients had recurrence following conservative management. Only 3% of those who underwent surgical correction experienced a recurrence.

The best treatment for dislocated shoulder will depend on the nature of the dislocation and other pateint specific factors, but it is worth noting the impressive results that shoulder surgery achieved in this study.

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Are You Suffering From Painful Arc Syndrome?

Do you find it difficult lifting your hand sideways? Do you feel a sharp pain on the tip of the shoulder when you try to reach for something overhead? If so you may be suffering from Painful Arc Syndrome.

Constant use  of the shoulder, and wear and tear can cause painful arc syndrome.

Painful arc syndrome frequently occurs in athletes and sportsmen and women, because they use the shoulder joint to its maximum capacity.

Physical therapy, steroid injections and shoulder surgery are some of the treatment options for painful arc syndrome.

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Painful Arc Syndrome