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Treatment For Shoulder Bursitis

Shoulder Impingement SyndromeThe shoulder joint is a complex system of muscles, tendons and ligaments, that are designed to move the arm in a number of directions. Injury to any of these parts, can cause restricted motion, pain and swelling.

The most familiar muscle groups in the shoulder are the deltoid muscle and rotator cuff. The deltoid muscle is responsible to lift your arm up and away from your body. The rotator cuff is actually made up of four muscles that are designed to allow rotation of the arm. Under the rotator cuff and above the glenohumoral joint (the ball and socket of the shoulder joint) is a large bursa sac, that separates the muscle from the joint. The purpose of the bursa, like other bursa throughout the body is to absorb shock and forces placed on the shoulder, and to allow the muscles to glide smoothly around the joint complex.

It is possible to have bursitis with other injuries of the shoulder, such as tendonitis and muscle tears. Repetitive movements seen in such sports as baseball, tennis, racquetball and volleyball are common sports with shoulder bursitis. Football is another contact type of sport that causes shoulder damage due to impact and abnormal or excessive range of motion.

When the joint is damaged, there will be swelling and pain with movement. When the muscles are swollen around the shoulder joint, the bursa becomes irritated and inflammed, leading to pain, swelling and restricted motion.

Symptoms of bursitis are similar to tendonitis and capsulitis of the shoulder. Pain on palpation and range of motion of the shoulder occur. There may be weakness in the shoulder, pain at rest and restricted movement.

Your physician may treat the condition initially with ice, to reduce the swelling, pain and inflammation. Resting the shoulder is key to resolving the bursitis. Heat can be placed over the shoulder several days after the initial injury to improve shoulder mobility and increase circulation to the affected area. A shoulder sling or shoulder brace maybe needed to immobilize the shoulder and arm and allow the area to heal.

More severe cases require non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy and a cortisone injection to reduce swelling, pain and improve function. Bursitis may be caused by a bacterial infection that requires aggressive antibiotic treatment, so if the problem is not resolving in a timely manner, seek medical attention.

It is important that you consult with a physician before attempting any treatment for a shoulder bursitis. Most cases of bursitis can be reduced by proper conditioning, stretching, warming up and cooling down following activity.

One of the premiere websites that sells shoulder braces and shoulder slings for Bursitis and provides a wealth of information on these types of shoulder injuries is www.braceshop.com .

The Brace Shop, LLC. is one of the fastest growing brace companies in the USA. They provide one of the largest selections of extremity braces, therapy products & accessories on the internet.

Dr. Kenneth Shapiro

Product Review – Active Ankle T2 For Volleyball

If you ask any volleyball player what is the most popular ankle support for their sport, most will say, without question, “The T2 by Active Ankle.” “There is more positive feedback on the Active Ankle hinged stirrup brace than any other ankle support we carry”, says Robert Belone, the CFO of The Brace Shop, Inc. No other ankle brace has such brand recognition for a particular sport. It is the ultimate volleyball ankle brace.

What makes the Active Ankle T2 so popular in volleyball?

The Active Ankle T2 provides 54% more stability than competitive products. The solid shell transfers some of the weight-bearing forces around the injury site up into the lower leg to help reduce pain.

A Drexel University study showed the brace reduced by about 8% the weight carried by the heel bone-equal to 12-pound unloading during ambulation in a 150-pound person. Bilateral hinges allow unrestricted flexion of the ankle assisting in a faster return to activity.

The T2 features a durable, quick-fitting single strap system that is adjustable for both high- and low-top shoes. Combined with feather-light E.V.A. padding that hugs every contour of the ankle the T2 offers a sleeker, less bulky brace while still offering maximum performance and protection.

The patented design reduces pain, increases stability by controlling medial/lateral motion of the calcaneus (heel bone). Bubble flex pads provide intermittent compression to massage edema away during ambulation. The solid U-shaped brace locks the ankle in place by surrounding it in a hard shell. Full elastic back ensures complete unrestricted blood flow to the Achilles’ tendon and virtually eliminates the chance for blistering. A short curved seamless arch virtually eliminates irritation to the bottom of the foot.

Robert Grey M.S. ATC, who is a coordinator of Athletic Training for The Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Division, endorses the T2 because many school and athletic programs have limited budgets and resources for expensive braces. The T2 is easy to fit, rigid in construction and provides the support & durability to last a full season.

The T2 accommodates a wide variety of shoe gear, so volleyball is not the only sport this brace is ideal for. Basketball, Tennis, Racquetball and other court sports have had tremendous success with the versatility and durability of this sure winner. For more information about this brace including sizing information, CLICK HERE.

If you are a coach or trainer, looking for a brace that all players can wear, look no further. If you are an athlete, talk to your doctor or therapist about the Active Ankle T2.

For more information on our full line of braces, visit us at www.braceshop.com or call us at (866) 325-8045.

It is always recommended to consult with your treating doctor to determine the correct brace for your orthopedic condition.

Product Review – DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace

The DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace is one of the most popular and widely used knee braces on the market. The functionality and price are the main highlights of this versatile and supportive brace. DonJoy is an international brace manufacturer that supplies the US Ski Team, US Snowboarding Team, Canadian Freestyle Ski Team, USA Volleyball team, as well as UCLA, Texas Tech, University of Mississippi and University of Maryland. The DonJoy Playmaker is available in so many styles and sizes, that it used in most every sport for a wide range of orthopedic knee conditions.

Of all the braces on the market today, the most versatile brace is without question the DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace.

The DonJoy Playmaker is suitable for mild to moderate ACL, MCL and LCL knee instabilities. It has been used by thousands of athletes in all types of sports to help stabilize and support their injured knees.

As an intermediate-level product it has proven over time to be both durable and adaptable to most sports activities, with many added features not usually seen in a fabric hinged style brace.

It is available in neoprene fabric for those athletes in cold weather and water sports. Neoprene helps retain heat and is extremely durable in high impact/contact sports. Skiing, Hockey, Snowboarding, Wakeboarding and Kite Surfing are just some of the sports utilizing the Neoprene Playmaker.

The Playmaker is also available in a material referred to as drytex. This unique nylon core and polyester Lycra fabric allows for improved airflow. The lightweight polyester-nylon weave fabric is ideal for patients who have neoprene-based irritations or allergies, or live in warm weather climates.

The Playmaker also is available in a slip-on or wrap-around style. Wrap-around styles usually are indicated when a persons thigh and calf circumference does not fit the norm, which happens in large athletes, obese individuals, or when a pull on is not practical (removing ski boots or hockey skates). The wrap-around style gives the athlete more adjustability by controlling the tension placed around the thigh and leg separately. The slip-on style is easy to apply and tends to apply more even compression around the knee. The choice is purely a comfort factor and does not affect the support of the brace.

A unique feature of the DonJoy Playmaker is the availability of an open cutout in the back of the knee. One of the most common complaints among athletes and patients is the irritation of the material in the back of the knee. By creating an opening in the back of the brace, bunching of the brace is reduced and the back of the knee is able to breathe. Again, the choice is a comfort factor and does not affect the support of the brace. Many athletes (skiers) prefer a closed back, so as to keep the knee warm.

The greatest features of the DonJoy Playmaker is the basic construction of the brace. Polycentric hinges with contoured condyle shells and the famous 4-point dynamic leverage system provide unsurpassed stability and support for a fabric style brace.

Some of the new features that came out in 2008 is a drop lock style hinge for post op patients and patients that need to lock the brace in full extension when ambulating. The new Fource Point Hinge has been incorporated into the Playmaker. Fource Point Technology was developed to further protect the ACL and enhance the Four Points of Leverage brace design.

The patented Fource Point hinges are designed to react during leg extension and offer an increasing resistance in the last 35 degrees of extension, in order to reduce extension shock and increase posterior tibial loads.

The hinge has three adjustment settings to vary the amount of resistance to meet the specification of the physician’s protocols and the patient’s comfort.

Whichever style Playmaker you decide on, you can be assured that you are getting one of the most popular and supportive braces on the market today. For more information on this brace including sizing information CLICK HERE.

It is always recommended to consult with your treating doctor to determine the correct brace for your orthopedic condition. For more information on other braces please visit us at www.braceshop.com or call us at (866) 325-8045.