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Top 10 Shoulder Braces 2017

Get an appropriate level of support you need after a harm or for persistent ache with this sort of shoulder braces so that it will ensure you are still able to move about your day effortlessly. Select from choices compression, brought warmth and bloodless therapy, maximum mobility, or a discreet profile that suits overlooked beneath clothing.

Bauerfeind OmoTrain Shoulder Support (5)NEO G Shoulder Support - Right - Medical Grade Quality HELPS shoulder stability, pain, injured, weak, arthritic shoulders, shoulder dislocation, rotator cuff injuries, recovery - ONE SIZE Unisex BraceSaunders Sully Shoulder Support Brace, MediumO2 Cold Therapy Shoulder Brace with Ice Pack and Air Compression Wrap, UniversalZamst Shoulder Wrap, Black, LargeEVS Sports SB03 Shoulder Brace (X-Large)Bamboo Charcoal Fiber Men Double Shoulder Support Brace, Across Shoulder 39-41cmComfyMed® Posture Corrector Clavicle Support Brace CM-PB16 (REG 29Yosoo Shoulder Brace for Rotator Cuff Shoulder Tear Injury AC Joint Dislocated Prevention and Recovery, Neoprene Shoulder Support Wrap Belt Band Fits Left or Right Shoulder, UnisexShock Doctor Shoulder Support (Black, Small/Medium)

A Shoulder On Ice

I almost made it to thirty-years-old before ever breaking a bone. I wasn't careful; I was lucky. I did, over the course of all that time, encounter my fair share of sprains. I sprained my ankles about a dozen times, my wrists here and there, my knees once in a while, and my elbows quite a bit, as well.

The worst sprain I endured was a shoulder sprain. I've been an ice hockey player since I was four, and that's a sport that comes with a lot of injuries. I'd had a little rivalry going with a guy in one of my recreational leagues, and he decided – rather than drop the gloves and fight me (which is totally legal in hockey, by the way) – that he would do the dirtiest thing you can do to another player: he hit me from behind.

My shoulder and my neck crashed into the junction of the boards and the ice with the full weight of my body at about 20 mph. I tore two of the three major tendons in my shoulder about 85% each, just tempered enough not to require surgery. That saved me a big medical expense, bit the recovery without surgical intervention ended up being much longer.

I was laid up with instructions to keep my shoulder in a brace for the better part of two months, and the braces I tried worked more or less the same as any other I'd used on previous injuries.

A brace works primarily as an immobilizer. Torn muscle and tendon tissues will heal much faster if you don't subject them to a lot of use, so having a little help to keep things still can mean the difference between a six-week recovery and a six-month recovery.

What's more pressing is that re-injury during the healing process can build up masses of scar tissue that might put pressure on nearby nerves or prevent you from ever regaining full mobility in the joint. A good brace will prevent this by fixing your injured shoulder to a healthy position for a given injury, and, in some cases, by aiding the healing process by compression, cooling, or even magnetic resonance.

Depending On the Tendon


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There are a lot of ways you might injure your shoulder, and fitting a corresponding brace to your injury is the first step in determining which of the braces on this list will be the most helpful in your healing. The more advanced braces on our list have enough adjustment options that you could use them to target almost any shoulder injury, but some of our options are a bit more specific in their design.

Take, for example, shoulder braces that use the offset shoulder as a leverage point for bracing. These appear to symmetrically stretch across the back and wrap around both shoulders at the same time. They are ideal for shoulder injuries related to your posture, or injuries to the anterior portion of your coracoacromial ligament.



In the case of my hockey injury above, I tore into the posterior section of my coracoacromial ligament as well as my supraspinatus tendon. The symmetrical leverage braces wouldn't necessarily have hurt my healing process, as they still would have partially immobilized the joint, but there was a risk that if the ligament repaired itself in a compressed position (like the one such a brace would have created), I might have lost some forward mobility.



Instead, I turned to the types of braces that elicit in their users the sense that they've become bionic. They strap below the opposite shoulder and are immensely adjustable, so you can find a comfortable position in which to immobilize your injured shoulder that will promote the most thorough healing.

Some braces offer additional treatment variables, like cooling systems or magnets. After a certain point in the healing process, cooling is no longer necessary, so this kind of feature is only really useful for people with chronic shoulder problems who require frequent immobilization and relief for pain and swelling.

Immobilized For Millennia


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Ancient Egyptian tombs and burial sites tell fascinating stories about the medical histories of their inhabitants. You can see once-broken bones that must surely have been set to achieve such a clean healing, as well as some pieces of ancient splints in the tombs with them. This evidence dates back to roughly 2465 BCE, and clearly, shows how deeply an understanding of immobilization went with ancient man.

Almost 1,000 years later, a papyrus text was written by an unknown Egyptian medical scholar. The scroll, dubbed the Edwin Smith Papyrus after the famous Egyptologist, Edwin Smith, details several medical procedures from the top of the head on down, with occasional reference to the importance of immobilization.

Later, in a painting found in another Egyptian tomb dated to 1300 BCE, we clearly see a technique illustrated toward the reduction of a dislocated shoulder. Presumably ignorant of this painting, Swiss physician Emil Theodore Kocher would present a similar technique to the medical world some 3,200 years later.

While we have undeniably come extremely far in a great many fields of medicine, and as computer technology has mapped out our healing processes to excruciating detail, it's humbling to take a look at human medical knowledge from nearly 5,000 years ago and see the same tried and true techniques we practice today.


#10.Shock Doctor Shoulder Support (Black, Small/Medium)


Our 842 shoulder support brace guarantees stability control and compression retention support due to the inclusion of our X-Fit strap. The X-Fit enables you to position and correctly align your shoulder on either side of the body. Choose the advanced therapy system that offers top of the line relief and shoulder stability when you need it most.



Performance Level 3: Medium stability and support for moderate to major ligament sprains, muscle strains and unstable joints allowing for use as necessary for injury recovery.


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#9.Yosoo Shoulder Brace for Rotator Cuff Shoulder Tear Injury AC Joint Dislocated Prevention and Recovery, Neoprene Shoulder Support Wrap Belt Band Fits Left or Right Shoulder, Unisex


The shoulder is a frequent area of injury for athletes, especially those whose activities require repetitive use of the joint, such as basketball, volleyball, swimming, and weightlifting. This brace is a simple, non-surgical method to stabilize and protect the joint during your activities, which can be worn to recover from a shoulder injury or to reduce discomfort.


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#8.ComfyMed® Posture Corrector Clavicle Support Brace CM-PB16 (REG 29"-40") Medical Device to Improve Bad Posture, Thoracic Kyphosis, Shoulder Alignment, Upper Back Pain Relief for Men and Women


Brace was a bit tricky at first to use. I tinkered with the adjustments until I found one that worked. I started to wear it about 1 hour per day then moved to 2 hours. It does keep your shoulders in the right position to assist with muscle memory. Overall, I am pleased with the purchase.


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#7.Bamboo Charcoal Fiber Men Double Shoulder Support Brace, Across Shoulder 39-41cm


Ships from Hong Kong. The shoulder support provides compression, support, and warming relief to the shoulder joint complex without restricting movement. By stabilizing the joint capsule, the support reduces pain from tendon and ligamentous injury of the rotator cuff muscles whilst promoting healing through heat therapy. The support helps encourage correct alignment of the shoulder joint following dislocation or subluxation injuries and can prevent further over stretch or overuse of muscles during rehabilitation. It is suitable for acute and chronic shoulder conditions as well as post surgery and recovery. Dimension: S size for across shoulder 36-38cm; M size for across shoulder 39-41cm; L size for across shoulder 42-45cm; XL size for across shoulder 46-50cm; Before you buy this item, please check your measurements to make sure the item fits before ordering.


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#6.EVS Sports SB03 Shoulder Brace (X-Large)


I am a Physical Therapist who purchased this brace for a client who has a subluxated shoulder due to a stroke. The brace is easy to put on. The brace can be adjusted to hold the humerus into the scapula with effective stability. For the price and the adjustability features, this is the best shoulder brace I have used to accomplish shoulder stabilization.


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#5.Zamst Shoulder Wrap, Black, Large


The Shoulder Wrap provides light, dynamic stabilization and broad compression support for the rotator cuff muscles. The i-Fit technology offers adjustable fasteners over the arm to customize the fit. The Flyweight design provides lightweight material for greater comfort and conforms to the shoulder on either side. V-Tech material ventilates and quickly removes perspiration during exercise while ROM-Tech allows for full range of motion, ensuring maximum performance. Ideal for preventative application and/or for supportive use after rotator cuff or shoulder injury. The shoulder wrap is a comfortable option to support the shoulder joint and can be worn during competition. The minimal design can be worn both under pads and over clothing.


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#4.O2 Cold Therapy Shoulder Brace with Ice Pack and Air Compression Wrap, Universal


The ultimate ice pack for icing down any kind of shoulder injury! The patented design of the gel pack with the air pump and compressed air allows for the gel pack to conform to your shoulder in a very comfortable and supportive fashion. With the gel packs removable to place in a fridge or freezer and the air pump removable as well. this is the perfect product to fit into your luggage or sports bag!

Cold is generally applied to acute injuries immediately after trauma, as cold therapy constricts blood vessels to reduce the swelling, block pain, and promote healing. This product is best for sprains, sports injuries, rehab, arthritis, and muscle tensions/fatigues. Compression is also important in the immediate treatment of acute injuries.

Pump up with AIR and compress the cold to alleviate pain faster


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#3.Saunders Sully Shoulder Support Brace, Medium


The Saunders Sully Shoulder Support Brace provides shoulder immobilization and controlled range of motion for anterior, multi-directional, inferior and posterior instabilities, rotator cuff deceleration, shoulder acromioclavicular (AC) joint separations and muscle strains. This shoulder support brace is designed to stabilize, assist or restrict movement of the shoulder post-injury and post-operatively. The elastic straps attach with Velcro at any point and in any direction. The smooth, controlled assistance or restraint follows the natural movement of the muscles and joints. Features perforated neoprene which grips the skin so the shoulder support moves with you. Universal fit allows the Saunders Sully Shoulder Support Brace to be worn on either the left or the right shoulder.


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#2.NEO G Shoulder Support - Right - Medical Grade Quality HELPS shoulder stability, pain, injured, weak, arthritic shoulders, shoulder dislocation, rotator cuff injuries, recovery - ONE SIZE Unisex Brace


Used for/ideal for treating…Rotator cuff injuriesMuscle strains and sprainsBursitis TendonitisInstability* Always consult a doctorProduct descriptionThe Neo G Shoulder Support with heat therapy provides compression, support and warming relief to the shoulder joint complex without restricting movement. By stabilizing the joint capsule, the support reduces pain from tendon and ligamentous injury of the rotator cuff muscles whilst promoting healing through heat therapy. The support helps encourage correct alignment of the shoulder joint following dislocation or subluxation injuries and can prevent further over stretch or overuse of muscles during rehabilitation. It is suitable for acute and chronic shoulder conditions as well as post surgery and recovery.


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#1.Bauerfeind OmoTrain Shoulder Support (5)


OmoTrain is a unique shoulder support that promotes mobility and helps limits rotation. For shoulder pain caused by osteoarthritis, or following surgery (postoperative) or injury (post-traumatic) to the shoulder joint, the OmoTrain supports the shoulder joint in a centered position for improved joint guidance. The shoulder muscles are activated and the joint benefits from improved stability. The removable viscoelastic compression pad can be used to produce a local massage effect on the soft tissues of the shoulder. When measuring, please take a very loose circumference. If between 2 sizes please go to the bigger size.


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