Helping you stay healthy
There are many types of orthotics for your shoulder and upper arm. There are shoulder immobilizers, shoulder braces, shoulder stabilizers, clavicle straps, and more. There are also many types of slings to use for various injuries. These include but are not limited to universal arm slings, shoulder abductor slings, and padded arm slings.
There are many injuries that shoulder orthoses are useful. These conditions include but are not limited to rotator cuff injuries, osteoarthritis, glenohumeral dislocation, humeral fractures, post-operation, and acromial clavicular dislocation. If you are experiencing any of these conditions or anything else related to the shoulder, contact us today and let us know how we can help.
At Colman, in addition to shoulder and upper arm orthosis, we offer a wide range of knee orthotics and braces. We also offer various lower body orthotics and foot orthotics.
Types of Shoulder Braces
Types of slings
Universal Arm Sling
Shoulder Abductor Sling
Padded Arm Sling
Main benefits of a shoulder orthosis
Shoulder and upper arm orthosis including braces and slings have many benefits. If you have injured your shoulder or any other condition, these orthosis devices help in the following ways. They provide stability to the shoulder, limit excessive movement of the shoulder, provide shock absorption, protect the shoulder, redistribute the pressure on the shoulder, and more. They help with injuries and conditions in the glenohumeral joint including the scapula and humerus, and the acromial clavicular joint.
Rotator cuff tears
Rotator cuff tears are a tear of four muscles and tendons that allow you to lift up your arm near your rotator cuff. The group of muscles and tendons that make up the rotator cuff is located at the shoulder joint and also stabilizes the shoulder joint. If you have any of the following symptoms you may have a rotator cuff tear and should see your doctor:
Shoulder pain when you lay on it or move it in certain ways
Difficult to raise your arm
Shoulder feels weak
Harder to lift things
A click or pop in your shoulder
Torn rotator cuff treatment
In most cases, rotator cuff injuries can be treated without surgery. In more severe cases surgery may be needed as recommended by your doctor. Recovery time for this type of shoulder injury should heal by 6-12 months, but if it hasn’t it is a good idea to talk to your doctor. Physical therapy, pain medicine, rest and ice can help with recovery from this shoulder injury.
A shoulder orthosis or sling is also useful in helping the rotator cuff injury to heal. A shoulder brace like a sling can help relieve the pressure on your rotator cuff. This combined with rest, ice, pain medicine and also physical therapy can help the rotator cuff injury to heal more quickly. A shoulder sling or other shoulder stabilizing braces are also useful post-operative for shoulder surgery if needed to repair a rotator cuff.
A shoulder support brace is also useful for common shoulder injuries that affect the shoulder joint. This could be a dislocated shoulder, tendonitis, shoulder pain, sprains or strains, and fractures. Other common shoulder injuries include arthritis, frozen shoulder, bursitis and more. Shoulder support from an orthosis such as slings and shoulder braces is able to support the shoulder joint to relieve pressure on the affected area. For shoulder injuries, it is important to remember RICE, rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Shoulder support like a shoulder brace can provide rest and some compression. As the shoulder improves it is also important to lessen the use of the shoulder brace and to use exercises recommended by the doctor to help accelerate the healing process.
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WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR FIRST VISIT
Your First Visit
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Meeting your Specialist
Your first appointment will include an initial assessment and also a chance to meet your specialist and ask questions.
If you have a prescription from your doctor, be sure to bring it with you.
Be prepared to discuss your medical history and also talk about your goals and expectations. We will also complete a physical assessment and try out a variety of orthotics to see what best meets your needs.
Please dress comfortably and bring shorts. We may need to measure, cast or use 3D-scanning to customize your fit and maximize comfort.
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