ClaviBrace Clavicle Gilet is designed to treat all severity of clavicle fracture, more commonly known as a broken collarbone, providing pain relief and best outcomes without surgery.
Within 10-20 minutes spasm in the shoulder girdle muscles is relieved and the fracture begins to reduce i.e. 'open out to length'. Pain significantly reduces often disappearing altogether. The shoulders are fully supported and the fracture is anatomically aligned removing the risk of rotation at the fracture site resulting in a good union, independence with a speedy return to normality and sport.
BMI Hospital and Harley Street shoulder consultant Mr Ian Bayley FRCS, "the clavicular gilet is an exciting innovation and we're seeing really good results using it".
Want to know more about the dedicated clavicle fracture care and gilet fitting service offered at BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital, Harrow, HA1 3RX. Please phone: 0208 8723872 or
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.
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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.
WHY USE A GILET DESIGN?
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.