2464 / LIGHTWEIGHT SHOULDER IMMOBILIZER
This support is designed to restrict movement in and around the shoulder by reducing abduction and arm rotation. It is indicated after shoulder dislocations, separations, minor rotator cuff injuries, strains and other similar injuries.
Indications Listed Below
• Lightweight, breathable components provide excellent immobilization and wearing comfort
• Restricts shoulder and upper arm mobility
• Full contact hook and loop fastening and adjustment
• Padded strap for greater patient comfort
• Slide buckles on strap for easy adjustment
• Breathable, cool cotton sling
• Removable webbing swathe strap
Lightweight padded components provide excellent immobilization and wearing comfort.
sling and swathe
Sling and swathe are easily adjusted to fit a wide range of adult and adolescent figures.
How to Measure for and Apply the SHOULDER IMMOBILIZER
|MEASURE BASED ON ARM LENGTH|
|X-SMALL||6" X 11" (15.2 X 28 cm)|
|SMALL||7" X 13" (17.8 X 33 cm)|
|MEDIUM||8" X 15" (20.3 X 38.1 cm)|
|LARGE||9" X 18" (22.8 X 45.7 cm)|
|X-LARGE||10" X 20" (25.4 X 50.8 cm)|
A. Measure based on arm length
1. For best results, the garment should be worn over a piece of clothing. Unfasten all closures and adjustments.
2. Position the arm inside the sling over the ribs so that the elbow is flexed approximately 90 degrees and the top edge of the sling is right below the breast line. Insert the thumb through the loop in the sling.
3. Fasten the shoulder strap and adjust for comfort.
4. Fasten the back strap (swathe) snugly. When properly applied, the shoulder immobilizer should comfortably cradle the arm and should not interfere with normal respiration.
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 described below may not be treated by the specific product listed above. 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