What is Shoulder Bracing and Shoulder Support?
As rehab professionals, we have seen thousands of patients with different types of shoulder injuries who have tried different shoulder treatments to help with their pain. Sometimes, a painful shoulder needs some support starting off in the early stages of treatment or to help you manage conditions that are longer lasting, like frozen shoulder.
When do we look at using a shoulder BRACE?
The most important thing to consider when we determine when to use a brace or a non limiting support, depends entirely on your condition or posture. Post surgery, early shoulder injury such as a shoulder dislocation or torn muscle/ligament may need a more supportive shoulder brace to allow the area to heal before diving into exercises for your shoulder pain.
However, not all shoulder braces are created equal! Some are more supportive and some are more restrictive (meaning this helps keep your shoulder in the same position to allow healing). Talk to one of our shoulder experts to see which might be right for you!
When do we look at using a shoulder SUPPORT?
The term “support” can be all encompassing but here we are talking about tools that allow your shoulder to move better and help your pain without restrictions. A regular shoulder support might be a compression sleeve, or even a shoulder brace that does not restrict movement!
Choosing the right shoulder brace or shoulder support can be instrumental in your rehab journey. Shoulder physiotherapy is an effective way to tackle your pain but with the right support, we may be able to improve your neck and shoulder pain sooner.
If you have the following symptoms, bracing may help…
- Pain with overhead movements
- Pain with brushing hair
- Difficulty pushing and pulling doors
- Pain with Reaching behind
- Pain with lying on the shoulder
- Waking up with shoulder pain
- Difficulty using arm for self care at home
- Poor physical capabilities
- Poor body positioning
Common Conditions and Posture Issues Successfully Treated With Shoulder Bracing
Will Braces / Orthotics Help Me?
You may benefit from shoulder bracing if you have a wide range of shoulder-related conditions including:
Injuries in the shoulder can cause inflammation and fluid to build up in the small space and create pain but irritating the structures and nerves.
Another common condition that results in injury to the muscles, joint, and ligaments around the shoulder joint.
Rotator Cuff Injury
One of the most common shoulder injuries seen. This injury affects the 4 primary shoulder rotator cuff muscles (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, subscapularis)
Oftentimes, those with muscles around their shoulder and repeated injuries may have reduced stability in their shoulder joint which can cause injury and pain with day activities.
Shoulder surgery such as rotator cuff repair, shoulder arthroscopy, labrum surgery, shoulder arthritis surgery, partial or total shoulder replacement, or shoulder fracture fixation can require support immediately post op!
Frozen shoulder (also known as Adhesive Capsulitis) is a chronic condition affecting the shoulder characterized by chronic joint stiffness and pain. The shoulder loses movement in all directions and can create significant disability with activities that require the arm.
Online Treatment Also Available
Although Video Consultations aren’t a new service, it may be new to you. And you may have some concerns or questions that need to be answered before you start treatment. Consider our no charge video consult where you will get all of your questions answered by a registered physiotherapist.
3 Shoulder Strengthening Exercises for Shoulder Pain
By working on these strengthening exercises you can improve your shoulder function, strength, and stability and return to the daily activities you love to do. Let us know how you like these!
Shoulder Abduction Isometric
You will need a towel for this exercise. Stand beside a wall, stand up nice and tall! Put your arm by your body and bring your elbow to 90 degrees.
Press your elbow out into the wall with the towel between your arm and the wall. Press and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat 5 times.
Shoulder Blade Set
Sit in a comfortable position and upright position. Bring your shoulder blades back and down and squeeze. Hold this position for 10 seconds. Repeat 10 times every other hour.
Arm Raise with Band
While holding an elastic band at your side, draw your arm up in front of you keeping your elbow straight. Stop at the 90 degree mark where your arm is parallel with the ground. Hold this for 2 seconds and slowly bring the arm down. Repeat 10 times.