A shoulder orthosis (SO) is a general name for a brace that crosses the shoulder and encompasses the upper arm and upper trunk. There are many types and its design depends on the type of control or correction that is to be applied. SOs may be used for functional positioning, immobilization, or stabilization. The orthosis can be made of high temperature thermoplastics, off-the-shelf or a hybrid.
Some examples of conditions that would benefit from a SO include:
• Brachioplexus injury
• Shoulder dislocation/subluxation