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For information on how the Myomo (my own motion) orthotic device could help BPI patients please click here: Myomo-Myoelectric Orthotics for BPI or click here to go to their website

Suffering a brachial plexus injury (BPI) or other upper limb or spinal neurological damage from vehicle, on-the-job or other accident can be devastating:  pain, weakened arm, and in some cases a completely “dead arm”.  Some patients have even been recommended amputation as the best alternative.

But for many, there is a better answer.  Myomo, a medical robotics company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has developed the MyoPro. It is currently the only marketed device that, sensing a patient’s own EMG signals through non-invasive sensors on the arm, can restore an individual’s ability to perform activities of daily living, including feeding themselves, carrying objects and doing household tasks. Many are able to return to work, live independently and reduce their cost of care. Myomo is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with sales and clinical professionals across the U.S. For more information, please visit www.myomo.com

                                              

 

 

This sling is designed to secure your arm to your body in such a way that it allows you to be very physically active without having to worry or think about your arm. If you have tried to do any sport, you know your arm bounces around and generally gets in the way, you also know your daily sling does a very poor job of holding your arm in place. We do have a few people who use the sling as their daily sling as they like that it holds their arm in place better than most others will. Dan has manufactured well over 1000 slings to date (September 2020) and has a long list of acknowledgments of how his sling fits and allows them to continue a life with sports and activity!

 

 

 

 
To see some pictures of different people wearing the sling: 

Click here for our Flickr page or, 

go to the Forum page to see other pictures and read feedback from others: 

Click here

  

 

 

I charge a flat $120.00 which covers all costs, including shipping (within the Domestic U.S.).

International shipping, depending on location, additional $25 to $150. All shipments made via FedEx.  

 

Here are the measurements we need: All in Inches Please

1 - Right or left arm.

2 - Length of lower arm from the back of the elbow (below tricep, above elbow) to the tip of the middle finger, straight line measurement. Measure with the arm at a 90-degree angle.

3 - Length of the upper arm from the top of shoulder to bottom of the elbow, straight line measurement.  Measure with the arm at a 90-degree angle.

4 - Inseam to Inseam, only around the back, with arms down, just under the middle of the armpit. Not the entire way around, halfway. 

5 - Inseam to Inseam, with arms down, just under the armpit, all the way around! Back and Chest

6 - Nipple to Nipple

7 - Height & Weight

8 - Color (We are making most in Gray because they retain less heat from the sun which helps on those long runs or bike rides. We can and have made them in a variety of colors, just ask)

*We make them in multiple sizes: we will make the appropriate size depending on your measurements. 

E-mail information above to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you have any questions, you can call me at 818-636-8109.

All the best,
Dan

 

P.S.  FYI, I avulsed all five of my nerves in 1986 at the age of 18 and had the intercostal surgery to give me some function of the bicep. I have done most sports over the years and this sling is my way of helping others get back active again and not have to spend years trying to do something with their arm so they can be athletic.  Below is a picture of me wearing my sling, as I finish a TRIATHLON (swimming, biking, and running)!  Made possible with this sling.

 




Glossary of Terms

 

Abduction: Movement of the limbs away from the body, such as lifting the arm out to the side

Adduction: Movement of the limbs toward the body, such as bringing the arm close to the body from the side

Anterior: Front

Apraxia: A child with apraxia is often unaware that they are carrying or using their affected limb for a particular task

Avulsion: Tearing away; the nerve root being torn out of the spinal cord is the most severe type of nerve injury

Atrophy: A wasting away, in the size of a cell, tissue, organ or part

Axilla: under the arm; the armpit

Bilateral: Both sides

Brachial Plexus: A network of 5 nerves that extend from the spinal column in the neck down to the fingers

Cervical: The neck area

Clavicle: Collarbone

Contracture: A permanent shortening (as of muscle tendons or scar tissue that produces deformity or distortion)

Electromyography (EMG): A test in which a small needle is inserted, to record electrical activity of the muscles

Extension: The movement of two elements of any jointed body part are directed away from each other (straightened)

Extensor: A muscle that extends or straightens a body part, such as a finger or an arm

Flaccid: Weak, lacking firmness, muscle tone and resilience

Flexion: Moving a joint inward to bring it closer to the body (bend)

Flexor: A muscle that bends or flexes any body part, such as the arm or hand

Horner's Syndrome: A nerve condition which involves a drooping eyelid (ptosis), constricted pupil, enophthalmos (sunken eyeball) and lack of sweating on one side of the face

Hypotonia: low muscle tone, often involving reduced muscle strength

Multidisciplinary Team: a team of medical professionals that work together to support the patient; a multidisciplinary team for brachial plexus specialization would include a pediatric neurologist, rehabilitation physician, specialized and experienced surgeons, OT/PT

Neurologist: A physician who diagnoses and treats disorders of the nervous system

Neurolysis: Surgical removal or part of a neuroma

Neuroma: A benign tumor composed of nerve cells, or scar tissue that forms when there is nerve damage

Nerve grafting: When the gap between nerve ends is so large that it is not possible to have a tension-free repair using the end-to-end techniques or with nerve grafts

Neurotization: This is used generally in those cases where there is an avulsion; donor nerves are used for the repair

Neurapraxia: The nerve has been stretched and damaged but not torn

Occupational Therapist (OT): A health care professional who provides services designed to restore self-care, work, and leisure skills to patients who have specific performance incapacities or deficits that reduce their abilities to cope with the tasks of everyday living

Physiatrist: A physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation; help restore optimal function to people with injuries to the muscles, bones, tissues and nervous system

Physical Therapist (PT): A rehabilitation professional who promotes optimal health and functional independence through the application of scientific principles to prevent, identify, assess, correct, or alleviate acute or chronic movement dysfunction, physical disability, or pain

Posterior: Back

Proximal: Closest

Range of motion (ROM): The range through which a joint can be moved, usually its range of flexion and extension; Active range of motion (AROM) is the active movement of the muscle and Passive range of motion (PROM) is the motion range of a joint through manual assistance

Rupture: Torn nerve or tissue

Supine: Lying on the back

Torticollis: A contracted state of the cervical muscles, producing twisting of the neck and an unnatural position of the head

 

Common Abbreviations

 

A

AAOS - American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

ACOG - American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology

ACR - anterior capsule release

ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

AROM - active range of motion

ASSH - American Society for Surgery of the Hand

B

BP - brachial plexus

BPBI - brachial plexus birth injury

BPBP - brachial plexus birth palsy

BPI - brachial plexus injury

BPP - brachial plexus palsy

C

cm - centimeters

CNS - central nervous system

C/S or cs - cesarean section

CT scan (CT) - computed tomography

CT Myelogram - dye injected into the spinal canal with x-rays, fluoroscope, or CT scans to examine it for leaks/tears or damage etc.

C5-C8 - cervical nerves 5-8

D

DO - doctor of osteopathic medicine

E

EEG - electroencephalogram

EMG - electromyogram or electromyography

E Stim - electrical stimulation (pulses) to mimic the action of signals coming from neurons, provided by a machine, to target muscles or nerves

F

G

H

I 

J

K

L

LSW - Licensed Social Worker

M

mcg - micrograms

mg - milligrams 

mm - millimeters

MD - doctor of medicine

MR imaging - magnetic resonance imaging

MRI - magnetic resonance imaging

MR Neurography - MR Imaging of Peripheral Nerves (PNI)

N

NBPP - neonatal brachial plexus palsy

NCS - nerve conduction study

NIH - National Institute of Health

NP - Nurse Practitioner

O

OBPI - obstetric OR obstetrical brachial plexus injury

OR - operating room

OT - occupational therapy or Occupational Therapist

OTR - Occupational Therapist Registered

P

PA - Physician’s Assistant

PACU - post anesthesia care unit (recovery room)

PNI - peripheral nerve injury

PROM - passive range of motion

PT - physical therapy or Physical Therapist

Q

R

ROM - range of motion

S

SROM - spontaneous range of motion

T

TBPI - traumatic brachial plexus injury

TOS - thoracic outlet syndrome

T1 - thoracic nerve 1

U

UBPN - United Brachial Plexus Network

u/s - ultrasound

V

W

X

Xray - image created of the bones and surrounding structures of the body by electromagnetic waves, usually in a doctor office, clinic or hospital setting

 Y

 Z



Glossary of Terms


Abduction: Movement of the limbs away from the body, such as lifting the arm out to the side
Adduction:
Movement of the limbs toward the body, such as bringing the arm close to the body from the side
Anterior: Front
Apraxia: A child with apraxia is often unaware that they are carrying or using their affected limb for a particular task
Avulsion: Tearing away; the nerve root being torn out of the spinal cord is the most severe type of nerve injury
Atrophy: A wasting away, in the size of a cell, tissue, organ or part
Axilla: under the arm; the armpit
Bilateral: Both sides
Brachial Plexus: A network of 5 nerves that extend from the spinal column in the neck down to the fingers
Cervical: The neck area
Clavicle: Collarbone
Contracture: A permanent shortening (as of muscle tendons or scar tissue that produces deformity or distortion)
Electromyography (EMG): A test in which a small needle is inserted, to record electrical activity of the muscles
Extension: The movement of two elements of any jointed body part are directed away from each other (straightened)
Extensor: A muscle that extends or straightens a body part, such as a finger or an arm
Flaccid: Weak, lacking firmness, muscle tone and resilience
Flexion: Moving a joint inward to bring it closer to the body (bend)
Flexor: A muscle that bends or flexes any body part, such as the arm or hand
Horner's Syndrome: A nerve condition which involves a drooping eyelid (ptosis), constricted pupil, enophthalmos (sunken eyeball) and lack of sweating on one side of the face
Hypotonia: low muscle tone, often involving reduced muscle strength
Multidisciplinary Team: a team of medical professionals that work together to support the patient; a multidisciplinary team for brachial plexus specialization would include a pediatric neurologist, rehabilitation physician, specialized and experienced surgeons, OT/PT
Neurologist: A physician who diagnoses and treats disorders of the nervous system
Neurolysis: Surgical removal or part of a neuroma
Neuroma: A benign tumor composed of nerve cells, or scar tissue that forms when there is nerve damage
Nerve grafting: When the gap between nerve ends is so large that it is not possible to have a tension-free repair using the end-to-end techniques or with nerve grafts
Neurotization: This is used generally in those cases where there is an avulsion; donor nerves are used for the repair
Neurapraxia: The nerve has been stretched and damaged but not torn
Occupational Therapist (OT): A health care professional who provides services designed to restore self-care, work, and leisure skills to patients who have specific performance incapacities or deficits that reduce their abilities to cope with the tasks of everyday living
Physiatrist: A physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation; help restore optimal function to people with injuries to the muscles, bones, tissues and nervous system
Physical Therapist (PT): A rehabilitation professional who promotes optimal health and functional independence through the application of scientific principles to prevent, identify, assess, correct, or alleviate acute or chronic movement dysfunction, physical disability, or pain
Posterior: Back
Proximal: Closest
Range of motion (ROM): The range through which a joint can be moved, usually its range of flexion and extension; Active range of motion (AROM) is the active movement of the muscle and Passive range of motion (PROM) is the motion range of a joint through manual assistance
Rupture: Torn nerve or tissue
Supine: Lying on the back
Torticollis: A contracted state of the cervical muscles, producing twisting of the neck and an unnatural position of the head

 

Common Abbreviations


A
AAOS - American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
ACOG - American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
ACR - anterior capsule release
ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
AROM - active range of motion
ASSH - American Society for Surgery of the Hand

B
BP - brachial plexus
BPBI - brachial plexus birth injury
BPBP - brachial plexus birth palsy
BPI - brachial plexus injury
BPP - brachial plexus palsy

C
cm - centimeters
CNS - central nervous system
C/S or cs - cesarean section
CT scan (CT) - computed tomography
CT Myelogram - dye injected into the spinal canal with x-rays, fluoroscope, or CT scans to examine it for leaks/tears or damage etc.
C5-C8 - cervical nerves 5-8

D
DO - doctor of osteopathic medicine

E
EEG - electroencephalogram
EMG - electromyogram or electromyography
E Stim - electrical stimulation (pulses) to mimic the action of signals coming from neurons, provided by a machine, to target muscles or nerves

F

G

H

I 

J

K

L

LSW - Licensed Social Worker

M
mcg - micrograms
mg - milligrams
mm - millimeters
MD - doctor of medicine
MR imaging - magnetic resonance imaging
MRI - magnetic resonance imaging
MR Neurography - MR Imaging of Peripheral Nerves (PNI)

N
NBPP - neonatal brachial plexus palsy
NCS - nerve conduction study
NIH - National Institute of Health
NP - Nurse Practitioner

O
OBPI - obstetric OR obstetrical brachial plexus injury
OR - operating room
OT - occupational therapy or Occupational Therapist
OTR - Occupational Therapist Registered

P
PA - Physician’s Assistant
PACU - post anesthesia care unit (recovery room)
PNI - peripheral nerve injury
PROM - passive range of motion
PT - physical therapy or Physical Therapist

Q

R
ROM - range of motion

S
SROM - spontaneous range of motion

T
TBPI - traumatic brachial plexus injury
TOS - thoracic outlet syndrome
T1 - thoracic nerve 1

U
UBPN - United Brachial Plexus Network
u/s - ultrasound

V

W

X
Xray - image created of the bones and surrounding structures of the body by electromagnetic waves, usually in a doctor office, clinic or hospital setting

 Y

 Z

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