For medical breakthrough in the treatment of a broken collarbone
Disappointed with only an arm sling after breaking your collarbone? You are right to be, a sling is not a treatment and represents a random hit or miss, benign do-nothing approach.
Ten years of working with icons of the shoulder world have helped bring about the development of this gilet. Our studies show that it can achieve the same successful outcomes as surgery.
HOW IT WORKS Using a gilet style design offers an ideal and more comfortable means to apply constant support at the shoulders without slipping upwards Quickly stabilises the fracture by holding it in the best possible position for healing Does not cut in at the underarms or interfere with blood supply to the arms Prevents rotation at the fracture site avoiding malunion (bad joining of the two broken ends) STOPS EXCRUCIATING NERVE PAIN - lifts the broken bone ends away from underlying nerves relieving pain and preventing the risk of nerve damage Reduces disturbance at the fracture site and provides an ideal healing environment to aid faster calcification (bone hardening) * Can also be used to stabilise and treat a broken shoulder blade [Scapula] and where applicable, reduces the pain of broken ribs. The gilet has resolved the problems of the traditionally prescribed 'figure of eight splint'. A Canadian study found that the splint pressed down onto the fracture and places pressure on underlying nerves as well as cuts up at the underarms restricting blood flow to the arms and causing tingling down the arms. And that it also rotates causing pressure at the back of the neck and is uncomfortable to wear. The principle of drawing the shoulders back to bring a broken clavicle out to length in this way was proved to be flawed.
Adopting a gilet design has overcome the problems of previous conservative clavicle fracture treatments
Removes any perceived stigma about wearing a brace
Airflow breathable fabrics have been used for continuous comfortable wear
Bacteria inhibiting properties allow the gilet to be worn 24/7 for several weeks without body odour.
Having had first-hand experience of Angel Med’s new ClaviBrace Orthopaedic Gilet, I am very excited by its potential which I believe can hold the answer to managing clavicle fractures non operatively.
For me it obeys the crucial principle of supporting the three pillars, or better stepping stones - namely the pelvis, spine and shoulder blades – upon which effective shoulder function ultimately depends and it delivers this in a way acceptable to the wearer.
This is still a medical brace, but components are cleverly concealed in an everyday-looking gilet and since long-term wear may be necessary, it avoids any feeling of self-consciousness.
senior consultant orthopaedic surgeon
Professor Angus Wallace
Mr Ian Bayley
BSc(Hons), MBChB, MRCSEd, MD, FRCSEd(Tr&Orth)
MBChB, FRCS (Orth)
Getting you back to sport sooner. A specially designed arm gaiter can be added to the Clavicle Gilet at three weeks and protects the fracture against extremes of movement likely to disrupt healing.