Shoulder and arm immobilization is a necessity following a number of surgical procedures to the shoulder, from rotator cuff repairs to shoulder joint replacement, as well as for non-surgical treatment of various injuries such as separated or dislocated shoulders.
The cuffs as well as the main body of the arm immobilizer are all secured via hook-and-loop closures. Such closure mechanisms are easy to operate, even with one hand. Plus they allow some degree of flexibility as to sizing, in addition to those offered by the six different sizes in which one can order this shoulder brace with cuffs.
The immobilizing and stabilizing shoulder brace is composed of flexible, durable elastic with foam padding in the wrist and humeral cuffs. This mix of materials is free of latex.
Immobilization is a key component of treatment for many shoulder injuries, whether one is undergoing surgical or non-surgical repair. Holding the arm and shoulder still is important in that it prevents movement from leading to additional damage to one’s shoulder. This is especially important after surgical repair to one’s tissues that leaves them especially susceptible to damage.
The support and immobility also helps to limit pain.
Immobilizing the arm at a 90-degree angle also allows the shoulder to heal properly. Excessive movement during recovery can prevent full healing from occurring, leaving the shoulder unstable and more prone to subsequent injury.
Shoulder immobilization might be necessary after repairing a rotator cuff injury or for other arthroscopic repairs. A doctor may also recommend a brief period of immobilization for a dislocated or subluxated shoulder, a separated shoulder, SLAP tears, shoulder fractures, and other injuries causing instability and pain to the joint.
The downside of immobilizing the shoulder (outside of the obvious inconvenience of doing so) is that this can cause the muscles of the arm and shoulder to lose strength and flexibility. Therefore, it is important to follow a doctor’s instructions regarding the period of use of a shoulder immobilizing device, and any recommended exercise regimen. In many cases, one will need to undergo physical therapy to restore full function to the shoulder joint and arm.
Note that the hand strap of this particular shoulder injury orthotic not only makes the brace more comfortable, but it also prevents the hand and wrist from drooping, which could pressure the radial nerve and lead to hand drop.
This orthotic for shoulder injuries holds the arm and shoulder still so that healing can occur following various injuries to the joint. Following is a list of its features:
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