The arm is an infinitely useful appendage. Since it is attached to the rest of the body at the shoulder, for optimal arm health, the shoulder must be well. Occasionally, injury or disease will cause pain and disability in the shoulder. When this happens, the patient will need to discuss the possibility with his physician of needing a shoulder supporters.
Causes of shoulder pain are most often the result of an injury, although age-related wearing of the joint and its components does occur. This is because the shoulder, with its ability to rotate the arm 360 degrees, has the greatest range of motion and one of the greatest chances of being hurt through activity. After which it will need to be rested through the use of a shoulder supporter. The muscles, tendons, bones and ligaments that comprise the shoulder are all susceptible to being pulled, torn, strained, inflamed or broken. Any of these will lead to severe pain for the patient, and his first indication will be an inability to move his arm. As soon as an injury has happened, the patient needs to immediately consult with his doctor for the proper treatment regime, and the right product for shoulder support he should use until his office visit. Should the patient attempt to treat himself and does it improperly, he risks permanent disability in his shoulder.
Depending upon the harm done, the doctor may prescribe an arm sling or some form of shoulder for the shoulder. While slings are almost universal orthopedic products, patients have available to them many different support options for their shoulder. Among these are sport shoulder supporters that hold up the shoulder while still allowing for the range of motion needed for athletics. By letting the arm move, these aid in the full recovery of a mild shoulder injury without loss of muscle use. A physician is not likely to prescribe one of these for a serious injury, such as damage to the rotator cuff or a fracture. In cases such as these, the patient might have to wear a shoulder immobilizer. Unlike slings, these have a strap that wraps around the waist. This strap is connected to two bands: one that wrap around the forearm and one around the upper arm. Essentially, the arm is tied to the body cannot move away, as it could with a sling. This is an extreme form of shoulder supports, just below the level of a cast, but if this is the doctor's recommendation, it must be followed.
During recovery from an injury, the patient will soon be directed to begin physical therapy exercises. These will help the patient to return to his full range of motion after healing. For these exercises, the physical therapist might ask the patient to remove his shoulder supporter for part or all of the day. While is might be painful, the other option is to ignore the advice and risk having the shoulder muscles freeze.
The advice of a physician concerning the use and length of time of a supporter for the shoulder must always be followed for most rapid and thorough healing.
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