The shoulder joint is one of the most flexible in the body, able to move the arm in a huge range of motion - it is also one of the most vulnerable.
Shoulder injuries can often take a long time to heal, even without the need of surgery, and at times like these, the appropriate support can sometimes speed the healing process by reducing movement on the joint.
There are several different types of shoulder support on the market - we take a brief look at three of the most popular.
- Immobilizer Sling: Designed to immobilize the arm and joint, the envelope arm sling has a body strap to prevent joint rotation.
- Universal cuff and collar sling: This simple design comfortably holds the weight of arm without a lot of bulk.
- Medical support brace: Made from high tech 'Hypalon', this brace has a Velcro fastening on the front for maximum support.
Choosing a support of this nature should be a consultation between the patient and the physiotherapist to ensure that the product chosen meets the patient's lifestyle and needs.