If you have an injury such as an upper arm or collarbone fracture, shoulder dislocation or separation, your healthcare provider may recommend wearing a shoulder brace or support. It can help to relieve the pain of other conditions such as arthritis, rotator cuff injuries, frozen shoulder syndrome, tendonitis or bursitis.
An appropriate shoulder brace can provide pain relief by compressing the shoulder joint and reducing inflammation. It will also stabilize the shoulder so that the injury will heal with the joint in the correct position.
Some shoulder braces will keep the shoulder elevated. That will in turn improve blood circulation and promote healing. A shoulder support may also serve as an aid to improve poor posture. This poor posture may actually be the root cause of the pain the patient is experiencing.
You should always choose your shoulder brace with the aid of a qualified healthcare professional. However, there are a few criteria that are always important. Wherever possible, the support you choose should be as comfortable as possible to promote patient compliance. In addition, a brace that is easily worn under everyday clothing will be more convenient to wear at work, social or other everyday activities. This will also help with patient compliance, more complete pain relief and accelerated recovery.
One question many people have about wearing a shoulder support is whether they can sleep with it on. Our suggestion would be that you should do so if at all possible. The shoulder brace will help you to avoid sleeping on your shoulder in the wrong position and aggravating your injury. Another suggestion that you might wish to try is sleeping in a semi seated position.