What Makes This a Great Back & Shoulder Brace for Kids?
BraceAbility’s child-size clavicle brace was crafted with the purpose of making treatment of a broken collarbone or poor posture as comfortable as possible—without sacrificing its effectiveness. For one, the figure-8 shoulder brace covers no more of the body than is necessary and it slips on easily like a backpack.
The straps of the broken clavicle brace are padded, which makes them more comfortable against the skin—especially in the sensitive area beneath the arm. The straps are each 2.25 inches wide, providing adequate support without unnecessary and uncomfortable bulk.
Another great feature is that you can trim the straps of the posture-correcting brace for a customized fit. This means there is no need for annoying excess material dangling down the spine.
Velcro closures make it easy to adjust the length of the shoulder straps, though it should be noted that these closures are located at the back of the support. This means your child will need your help adjusting the fit of the brace for breaks to the collarbone, but it also means that he or she is unlikely to mess with these closures and throw off the fit.
A felt back pad protects the skin in the area where the straps of the brace for poor posture merge at the midpoint of the upper back. This pad is covered in a knitted stockinette material that is soft and comfortable against the skin.
Also of note, all of the material used to construct this brace for a child’s broken collarbone is free of latex, which is great for those with allergies to the material.
The pediatric posture brace holds the shoulders in the anatomically correct, rolled back position, helping to retrain the muscles and other soft tissues of one’s upper body to maintain this position. Your child should start by wearing the pediatric posture-correcting brace for around thirty-minutes at a time and work your way up to three hours increments.
The shoulders-back position is also a great way to hold the collarbone area still as the bones recover from a break. Therefore, this support doubles as a broken collarbone brace for kids.
My Kid Slouches… Treating Poor Posture with a Brace
Poor posture is pretty common among kids and teens. Heavy backpacks, poor self-esteem and hunching over a laptop, phone, tablet, etc. can all compromise your child’s posture. And while some instances of poor posture have to do with structural abnormalities of the spine, many cases of poor posture, including those listed above, are more of a learned condition that can be corrected.
Correcting poor posture is not simply a matter of appearance. The resulting muscle imbalances and alignment problems can lead to chronic pain, fatigue, stiffness and injury. And these issues only get harder to fix the longer they go on.
One of the first steps to correcting poor posture is an awareness that the problem even exists. Think of how easy it is to slump on the couch at the end of the day or how often you slide into a hunched position at work (by the way, we also offer posture-correcting braces for adults). Wearing a shoulder brace in and of itself is a reminder to sit up straight with the shoulders back.
Actually holding the shoulders back is also necessary for correcting imbalances in terms of back and chest muscle strength and flexibility. A kid who is used to a more slouched posture may also need the added support of the pediatric posture brace to hold them back at first.
Note that a child should gradually increase the amount of time wearing the youth shoulder support, maxing out at three-hour increments. Around-the-clock use can actually cause one’s muscles to rely on the brace and can do more harm than good.
When one is standing in proper posture, the joints are stacked—the ears are over the shoulders, the ribs are over the hips, the hips are over the heels and the pelvis and spine are in a neutral position. Take our posture quiz to find out how you and/or your child shape up.
There are also various exercises to strengthen and improve the flexibility of the core to correct posture issues when imbalances are at play. In some cases, time with a physical therapist may be needed. There are also a number of posture-improving exercises that can be done from the comfort of one’s own home.
A Brace for Treating Your Child’s Broken Collarbone
Unfortunately, a break to the clavicle, also known as the collarbone, is a relatively common injury among young children. A fall onto an extended arm, a blow to the shoulder and other such forces can all break this relatively unprotected bone that does not fully harden until roughly age 20. Learn more about such fractures.
Treatment will depend upon the severity of the break. For more minor injuries where the bone is still correctly aligned there are no displaced bone fragments, immobilizing the shoulder and applying ice is usually sufficient. This soft brace for a broken collarbone can do the trick, as it holds back the shoulders, immobilizing the clavicle region of the body.
Eventually, your child will likely have to do some physical therapy to restore lost range of motion and strength to the arm and shoulder.
For more serious injuries to the collarbone where the bone shifts out of alignment, bone fragments are present or the bone is forced out of the skin, surgery and the use of surgical hardware like plates, screws, wires, etc. will likely be needed to fix the bone in place. Following surgery your child will likely need to wear an arm sling or shoulder immobilizer to hold the area still.
Q&A on Pediatric Back Brace for Bad Posture or a Broken Clavicle
- What conditions / injuries does this kids’ upper back brace treat? It treats poor posture as well as a break to the clavicle (collarbone).
- How does it work? The figure-8 brace holds the shoulders in a rolled back position that is key for good posture. When it comes to a clavicle fracture, the pulled back shoulders immobilize the collarbone region, protecting it from further damaging movement and supporting it as it heals.
- When should my child wear it? If you are using this as a fractured collarbone brace, your child should wear it as directed by your doctor. Typically such injuries take three to six weeks to heal for a child. As a youth posture correcting brace, one should wear it for 30-minute increments to begin with and gradually increase use to three-hour intervals.
- How do I know which size to get? You can use fabric or a flexible tape measure to find the circumference of your child’s chest measured at the bottom of the sternum. The brace is available in sizes XX-small to small, fitting circumferences ranging from 15 inches to 30 inches.
- How do I adjust the brace to make it smaller or bigger? To adjust the fit, undo the Velcro closures and pull the straps tighter until a desired level of support is reached. Since the straps are in the back, your child will need assistance to adjust the brace as he or she will not be able to reach the straps.
- How do I put the posture brace on my child? Unfold the brace and lay it flat to identify the left and right straps. Undo the Velcro closures on the ends of the straps. Feed the end of the right strap through the right side of the plastic triangle buckle and attach the closure. Repeat with left strap. The brace should now be in a “figure-8” shape. Slip the brace on your child like you would to put on a backpack. The triangle buckle should point down and the shoulders should be gently pulled back. If your child experiences any pain or discomfort, adjust the brace by loosening the straps.
- Can I wash the brace? Yes, this brace is washable. Make sure to close all Velcro closures and hand wash in cold water with mild soap. The brace should be air-dried; do not use high temperatures to wash or dry.
- Other features:
- The padded straps of the pediatric shoulder brace can be trimmed to size.
- Protective felt pad protects the midpoint of back against the plastic triangle where the straps meet.
- Brace features a low-profile design.
- Color: White.
|Size||XXS (Infant)||XS (Child)||S (Youth)|
|Chest Circumference||15" - 20"||20" - 24"||24" - 30"|
|Measure the circumference around your chest at bottom of your sternum.|