Types of shoulder supports
Depending on what kind of injury you have, you need a different support for your shoulder joint. Your doctor will discuss with you what the right shoulder support or shoulder brace in your situation is and for how long you should be wearing it. The purpose of most shoulder supports is to immobilise and the shoulder joint and offering stability.
A shoulder sling keeps the arm in a fixed position, either in front of the body or at the side, depending on which position is required for the recovery of the shoulder injury. Some slings keep the elbow at a specific angle away from the body. The degree of shoulder abduction can usually be adjusted within a set range. Additional waist straps help keep the arm in place. The softly padded sling avoids putting unnecessary strain on the body to avoid neck pain.
Conditions that require a shoulder sling can be:
- after shoulder surgery
- dislocated shoulder
- rotator cuff injury
- humeral head fracture
- impingement syndrome
- after the insertion of a shoulder prosthesis
Shoulder support straps
Shoulder supports without a sling sit closely on the skin and apply compression and warmth to the shoulder joint. This also helps loosen stiff rotator cuff muscles, which offers pain relief. Additionally, they completely immobilise the shoulder in order to avoid strain on the shoulder, avoid further injury, and help along the healing process. The soft, breathable material makes it possible to wear the shoulder strap comfortably for long periods of time.
Conditions that require a shoulder support strap can be:
- shoulder instability
- chronic anterior subluxation
Due to the position of the collarbone, it's not easy to immobilise it, which is why there are specialised clavicle supports. In case of a broken or fractured collarbone, they are put on like the straps of a backpack and have bandages that sit securely over the collarbones. The adjustable straps of the shoulder girdle allow for a perfect fit and the fastener lies flat against the back, interfering as little as possible with clothing.
Supports and braces by medi
medi is your expert for orthopaedic supports and braces, not just for the shoulder but for the whole body. The German company is producing high quality products based on medical expert knowledge. We're constantly working to improve our products in order to offer the best possible medical aids to patients. Before choosing a shoulder support or any other product, please consult your doctor to make sure you get the support that helps you best. If you have any questions or need further information, please reach out to us via our website or service hotline. Our team is happy to assist you.