Buyer Guide

6 Critical Factors to Consider Before Buying Shoulder Braces [2021]

 

Let’s see what you must know before you even think of buying a shoulder brace for your injury…

Here are the 6 critical factors to consider before buying shoulder braces:

 

Material

Choosing the comfortable & durable material will impact a lot during the recovery.

Here are your choices of materials that are both comfortable & sturdy, and will give you a great padding that is crucial to reduce the chaffing under the armpits & keep the shoulder joint stable. 

  • Nylon: It’s extremely strong & elastic, and provides a soft & smooth experience. On top of it, Nylon fiber can be dyed in multiple colors, and it’s easy to wash & dry.
  • Nylon Mesh: It’s also highly elastic, strong, soft, and lightweight. Nylon mesh fiber is tear resistant, can be dyed in colors, and easy to wash & dry.
  • Polyester: This fabric is soft & strong, wear, & shrink resistant, easier to dry than cotton, and ideal for preventing moisture & in cold weathers.
  • Neoprene: This is best known for oil & flame resistance, high tensile strength, & temperature resistance. But, Neoprene can be allergic to some patients. 

 

Adjustable Shoulder Strap

Adjustable shoulder strap is great for a soothing & secure fit on your shoulder. It’ll help you easily put on & off your shoulder brace. That’s how an adjustable shoulder strap will help you during your recovery.

 

Washable?

This is a must. You don’t want to feel all grossly & squishy while wearing your shoulder brace. A washable shoulder brace will help you clean it whenever you feel like it’s over used. If it’s machine-washable, that’s even better for your comfort.

 

Shoulder Support

The level of support also matters a lot. Depending upon the level of your injury, you must choose the brace that provides the needed comfort & support. Minor shoulder injuries like mild strain or compression will require level 1 supporting brace. The level 2 support brace will aid in moderate injuries like unstable joints. In the end, comes the level 3 support brace that will provide the maximum comfort & support when your injury is very serious. For example, shoulder dislocation or tearing in the ligaments. 

 

Your Shoulder’s Range of Motion

Depending upon your injury, shoulder braces work as immobilizers or stabilizers.

  • Shoulder Stabilizers: A shoulder stability brace is used when you need some flexibility in doing some shoulder movements for exercises, and at the same time, you need to have your joint or injury stable so you could heal without an interruption,
  • Shoulder Immobilizers: A shoulder immobilizer brace is used when you completely block the movement of the shoulder to prevent unnecessary stresses & stretches on the injury.

 

Hot or Cold Therapy

Some injuries require hot or cold therapeutic sessions to heal & reduce the pain. If your shoulder brace would’ve already built-in pads to place ice or hot packets, you’ll reap the benefit of faster & pain-free recovery.

Mark Patinson

January 15, 2021