Braces and supports are designed to manage specific conditions and injuries across the body, with arm slings designed to manage conditions affecting the arm. They are available in a range of styles depending on the injury you wish to manage, from shoulder immobilisers to high arm slings.
This article looks at some of the key questions relating to this type of product, from what they are and what they do to the different designs available on the market. When you are looking at purchasing a brace or support it is essential to select the correct one to ensure it offers you the greatest support and helps you return to full fitness faster.
What are they?
They are typically used post injury or post surgery. Whilst some braces and supports can be worn as a preventative measure, these are used to secure and protect the upper arm.
By securing the upper arm and keeping it supported arms slings offer a patient a level of comfort and protection and increased confidence during the healing process.
For more information on the types of injuries sustained you can visit the NHS website.
What are the different types available?
It is worth noting that you will typically be provided with one by a hospital following an accident or surgery, buying something different on top of that may be as a result of preference or a requirement to have something more bespoke to your needs. It is important to note that if you are at all unsure as to your requirements it is recommended that you contact your healthcare provider. Here are just a few types available.
High arm slings are designed for use following trauma and surgery to the upper limb and even hand surgery. They are designed to maintain elevation of the arm during rehabilitation and close to the chest, ensure it is fixed and away from potential impacts when moving round. Following hand surgery they can be adjusted to cater for rehabilitation and help control swelling.
Shoulder immobilisers are also used post surgery and trauma for the management of the upper limb. These however work to reduce abduction (the arm moving away from the body at the shoulder) and rotation where limiting unnecessary movement is essential during rehabilitation.
We offer a range of solutions in our shoulder section.
How do they work?
They work by protecting the area of vulnerability following surgery or trauma to minimise the chance of further damage being sustained. If you have just been discharged following surgery to your arm then you are at your weakest and any subsequent fall or trauma can undo the hard work of the surgeons and even make the issue worse. Hospitals will provide their patients with one to protect them and as part of their recovery where raising the arm can help with the control of swelling.
What are the benefits of wearing one?
After incurring any injury or following surgery your route to recovery is very important, as any setbacks can not only increase the length of time you are out of action but can also have a lasting effect on the movement of your arm in the future.
Protection of any injury or area where surgery has taken place is the most important step as knocking your arm or falling on your arm can be disastrous, hence the use of arm slings by hospitals and medical professionals. They are also designed to be comfortable at the same time as offering protection so that you can continue as normal as possible during your recovery period.