An orthopedic shoulder brace is a device often used in treatment of shoulder injuries. It essentially limits the movement of the shoulder so that it doesn’t move unnecessarily to prevent further injuries. This is really crucial since shoulder injury can be very painful for a person and keeping the shoulder intact ensures a faster recovery. Normally, the group of people who commomly need orthopedic shoulder braces are athlethes as they are very susceptible to shoulder injuries. However, anyone can get a shoulder injury from ordinary activities or events like incorrect sleeping position, rolling off the bed, or lifting an object that is too heavy.
Orthopedic shoulder braces is ideally worn by athletes since this can help prevent possible injuries. While it doesn’t really make them invincible to shoulder dislocation or other injuries, it can effectively reduce the prevalence rate. However, there is a certain disadvantage of wearing orthopedic shoulder brace while playing or training as it does limit body movement of the athlete resulting to severe limitation of their performance.
There are two different types of orthopedic shoulder braces. The first type is usually known as thermal wraps. These shoulder braces features a heating and cooling mechanism that can help relieve the pain that is associated with repetitive or long term injuries. Most often these materials are made of neoprene since this can hold the required temperature better than other materials. A more expensive version of this type of orthopedic shoulder brace is a magnetic wrap. However, magnetic wraps as compared to thermal wraps are quite limited since it only has a heating mechanism and no cooling effect.
The second type of orthopedic shoulder braces are modern shoulder slings. It is an immobilizer that efficiently restricts tshoulder movement to prevent further damage and injury. A modern shoulder sling is an actual wrap that goes around your chest, your wrist, and above your elbow. Modern shoulder slings lets your shoulder to rest making it more susceptible to recovery and healing.
Eventually,there’s also another special type of orthopedic shoulder brace better known as the shoulder posture brace. Its main purpose is to correct posture problems and therefore it won’t help you that much when recovering from a shoulder injury.