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How Much Does a Shoulder Brace Cost?

 
average costWith Health Insurance: Copay or 10%-50% Coinsurancehigh costWithout Health Insurance: $15-$600+
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A shoulder brace can be used for various injuries and conditions, including a clavicle fracture, a rotator cuff tear or a dislocated shoulder.

Typical costs:

  • For patients covered by health insurance, the typical out-of-pocket cost for a doctor-prescribed shoulder brace consists of a durable goods copay or coinsurance of 10%-50%. A knee brace typically is covered by health insurance if it is prescribed by a doctor.
  • For patients not covered by health insurance, a shoulder brace typically costs up to $30 or more for a clavicle splint for a fractured clavicle. For example, BraceShop.com charges about $15-$30 for a clavicle splint, while Allegro Medical Supplies charges[1] about $14-$30.
  • A shoulder brace typically costs $15-$600 or more, depending on the type, for a brace for frozen shoulder, a dislocated shoulder or a torn rotator cuff. For example, BraceShop.com charges about $25-$600 or more for a shoulder brace for adhesive capsulitis ("frozen shoulder"). BraceShop.com charges about $15-$600 or more for a brace for a torn rotator cuff. SOS Medical[2] charges about $20-$600 or more, depending on the brace. The cost for a basic sling-type shoulder immobilizer or shoulder support is on the low end, while a hinged brace that provides maximum support falls typically costs more.
Related articles: Physical Therapy, Rotator Cuff Treatment, Dislocated Shoulder, Shoulder Replacement, Broken Clavicle

What should be included:
  • For a clavicle fracture[3] , a doctor might recommend a sling or figure-eight brace, which criss-crosses across the back to immobilize the shoulder during healing.
  • For a rotator cuff injury[4] , a sling or brace might be prescribed to keep the shoulder still while it heals.
  • For shoulder dislocation[5] , a brace might be prescribed to offer support and limit motion.
  • In some cases, a doctor will recommend or prescribe an off-the-shelf brace, but in other cases, an orthotist[6] will evaluate, help to design and fit a patient with a brace.
Additional costs:
  • In some cases, such as after an injury or surgery, physical therapy might be required at a cost of about $50-$350 per session.
Discounts:
  • Drug stores and websites that sell braces sometimes offer coupons or special offers. For example, BraceShop.com has a savings club[7] that offers a 5% discount for signing up.
Shopping for a shoulder brace:
  • A family doctor typically would treat a minor injury, a sports medicine doctor might treat a sports-related injury and an orthopedic specialist might be required for a serious injury or surgery. The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery offers an orthopedic surgeon finder[8] by city, state or zip code.
  • In some cases, a patient may need to see an orthotist, a certified health professional who specializes in braces and other orthotics, to get evaluated and fitted for a brace. The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics offers an orthotist locator[9] by state.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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External Resources:
  1.  www.allegromedical.com/orthopedics-orthotics-c528/figure-8-clavicle-splint-p557956.html
  2.  www.sosmedicalonline.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=35_83_91
  3.  emedicine.medscape.com/article/1260953-overview
  4.  orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00064
  5.  orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00035
  6.  oandpcare.org/OrthoticCareFaq
  7.  www.braceshop.com/productcart/pc/viewContent.asp?idPage=151
  8.  www.abos.org/find-a-certified-orthopaedic-surgeon.aspx
  9.  www.abcop.org/Pages/Directory.aspx?searchtype=Facility
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