0327 / NEOPRENE SHOULDER SUPPORT
The OTC 327 shoulder support protects and supports the shoulder following injury or surgery. Handcrafted construction includes invisible stitching and heat seal seam tape for added comfort and durability. Effective support and value to keep you comfortably active. Excellent for use in athletics and occupational activities.
Indications Listed Below
• Four-way stretch material provides even compression over the anatomical prominences of the joint
• Retains body heat, helps maintain flexibility, allows virtually full range of motion
• Includes pocket for optional use of hot/cold gel pack
• Fits right or left shoulder with wide range of adjustability
• Latex free
Four-way stretch material
Four-way stretch material provides even compression over all anatomical prominences of the joint.
Sewn-in pocket holds a reusable hot/cold gel pack firmly in place over the injured joint.
How to Measure for and Apply the SHOULDER SUPPORT
|MEASURE AROUND THE CHEST AT THE LEVEL OF THE ARM PIT|
|SMALL||UP TO 40" (102 cm)|
|MEDIUM||41" - 51" (104 - 127 cm)|
|LARGE||51" - 60" (130 - 152 cm)|
A. Measure around chest at the level of the arm pit
1. Unfasten chest encircling strap, but leave arm sleeve fully fastened.
2. Insert arm of affected shoulder into the arm sleeve of the support, and pull support up over shoulder.
3. Secure the chest encircling strap under the opposite shoulder snugly.
4. Adjust arm sleeve and both chest closures for comfort.
5. When properly applied, the support should fit snug but not so tight that it deeply depresses the skin.
Review the accompanying chart to determine the product that best suits your needs. On the left, you will find a variety of injuries that OTC products are specifically designed to treat and prevent. On the top, you will find the product numbers of all OTC shoulder and clavicle products. If a red box is present where the column and row intersect, your injury or condition is treated/prevented by the associated product.
|Clavicle Fracture / Separation|
|Herniated Cervical Disc|
|Kyphosis / Kyphoscoliosis|
|Rotator Cuff Injury|
|Shoulder Dislocation / Instability|
|Shoulder Sprain / Strain|
|Bicep / Rotator Cuff Tendonitis|
Common Conditions of the Shoulder
Cycle through the slides below to familiarize yourself with several common conditions associated with the shoulder. The conditions shown below may not be treated by the specific product described here. Please view the above Medical Applications Chart to determine what conditions this page's associated product treats.
Rotator Cuff Injury
Rotator cuff injury – sprain or strain – is a common source of pain and functional disability. Symptoms can vary from occasional mild shoulder pain with full motion to constant and severe pain with complete loss of function. The rotator cuff can also be subject to tears. The tears themselves are mostly anterior, because this is the weakest point of their tendonous attachments. Treatment varies depending on the degree of the tear. It can range from medication and rest to surgical repair and immobilization by means of a brace or sling.
Bursitis the most common cause of pain the shoulder. It is an inflammation that affects the small fluid-filled sacs – bursa – that cushion the bones and soft tissues around the shoulder joint. Bursitis often occurs near joints that perform frequent repetitive motion. Symptoms of shoulder bursitis include pain that accompanies certain movements, pain that interferes with sleep, and shooting pains that extend down the outer edge of the arm. Treatment for shoulder bursitis typically involves anti-inflammatory drugs, application of ice treatment, and resting and immobilization of joint with use of an arm sling or immobilizer.
While an arthroscopic surgical repair to the shoulder can usually be accomplished with minimal invasion, there will be an extensive recovery period that can last for many months. The first phase can potentially last up to six weeks following surgery. Frequent application of ice will help reduce swelling. The use of an arm sling will also help with the healing process. Physical therapy might also be indicated. The second phase of recovery will last from six to twelve weeks where a limited range of arm movements will be allowed. The final phase will last from 3 to 6 months during which light but effective exercises are performed to strengthen the muscles in the arm. During this entire process an arm sling or shoulder immobilizer may be used to provide support and comfort.
The Anatomy of the Shoulder
FRONT OF THE right SHOULDER
C. Subscapularis Tendon
D. Subscapularis Muscle
Posterior OF THE right SHOULDER
B. Spine of Scapula
C. Rotator Cuff