Apr 20, 2014

Arm Slings & Shoulder Slings

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How an Arm Sling or Shoulder Sling Can Help Treat Shoulder Dislocation

The shoulder is one of the most frequently dislocated joints because the top of the arm bone sits in a very shallow socket. Ironically, what makes the shoulder extremely mobile also makes it very unstable. This is where an arm brace can help. A  shoulder dislocation is often caused after a heavy fall onto the arm. Even though the arm has been reconnected, it still takes around twelve to sixteen weeks for a dislocated shoulder to heal. A dislocated shoulder means that the arm bone has popped out of its socket, causing the supporting tissues to overstretch or tear.

Signs of a dislocated shoulder may include the following: an extremely painful arm that is difficult to move, the presence of a lump or bulge under the skin in front of the shoulder, and a rather squarish (as opposed to round) appearance of the shoulder.

Patients who have suffered a dislocated shoulder need to seek medical attention immediately, as arm slings alone may not fix the problem, and surgery may be required. Most dislocated shoulders are treated in a hospital emergency room, where an X-ray is first done to make sure that there are no broken bones. If a fracture is not present, the arm is then gently put back and connected into the shoulder joint. The shoulder and arm are then both supported by a shoulder sling. The sling brace is usually worn for a few weeks to several months for the shoulder to completely recover.

The Best Shoulder Sling Available at BraceAbility

The Corflex Ultra Shoulder Abduction Pillow with Sling is indicated for shoulder arthroscopy, rotator cuff repair, bankart repair, shoulder separation, and shoulder dislocation. This sling for arm and shoulder is designed to provide immobilization at 15 degrees of external rotation (abduction). Unlike the more basic model, the Corflex Ultra offers an extended pillow design with malleable foam for the ultimate prevention of slipping and rolling. The design of this shoulder sling also offers an extended level of comfort for the patient, making it ideal for long-term use and consistent wear.

We at BraceAbility offer a variety of shoulder slings, arm slings, and arm splints depending on your needs. Not sure what arm-shoulder slings you require? No problem. Our customer service representatives are here to help. To speak with one, please call us at (866) 712.7808. We'll be glad to assist you in any way we can.

 
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