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Answer by BrawnwynII at 7:49 PM on Apr. 19, 2012
Read this: http://www.braceshop.com/blog/?p=234
I'll comment more after I eat my steak!!! ;o)
Answer by Crafty26 at 8:33 PM on Apr. 19, 2012
Answer by kimigogo at 8:38 PM on Apr. 19, 2012
Ok... dinner's over ;o).
A brace may help with the symptoms, but it is not treating the cause! So, kikigogo's DH is correct... you may be better off with a cortisone injection or a treatment such as Iontophoresis with Dexamethasone (and anti-inflammatory delivered via electrical current). I have never used a brace to treat this in any of my athletes personally. I usually refer to an Orthopedist for the cortisone injection or a Dex script then I treat with the Ionto, ice and a rehab program.
Are you seeing a doctor for this? Are you going to PT?? Has either method been suggested or discussed??
Answer by Crafty26 at 8:55 PM on Apr. 19, 2012
Answer by rkoloms at 9:26 PM on Apr. 19, 2012
I can see why you'd want to try the brace then. I don't see why you can't try it. It's not so much for support but the restrict your motion... to get you out of a painful ROM (range of motion). Please remember that you should never have more then 3 cortisone shots in any one joint!! If the doc wants to do more then that get a 2nd opinion!!
I've had really good luck with intensive ice therapy for bursitis. Since by definition it's swelling the ice can help reduce your over all discomfort. Try icing x 20 minutes, let the the shoulder reward naturally to the same temp as the other arm, then ice 20 minutes again. Do this for at least 3 cycles (more if you can) a day for about a week. I have seen tennis elbow and patellar tendinitis cured this way. It's worth a try... and it can't hurt.
Answer by Crafty26 at 9:28 PM on Apr. 19, 2012
PLEASE avoid heat... it can increase swelling... even though they say is loosens things up it really doesn't help your particular issues!! Please trust me on this... in 15+ years as a sports medicine professional I have used heat once... and even then it was just to shut someone up!! Ice penetrates up to 1 1/2 inches in and the influx of blood you get when your body goes to rewarm the area is much more then the blood flow increase you will get with heat!!! Heat will also only penetrate about 1/2 inch in. The body will also sent in more nutrient rich blood cells and more white blood cells when it is trying to rewarm the area. I can't stress how awesome ice is... even if it's more uncomfortable at first it really is the one that will help you the most!!
Answer by Crafty26 at 9:33 PM on Apr. 19, 2012