Slings, wraps and medium / maximum support braces, and immobilisers are the most commonly used supports.
An arm sling is a bandage that is used to give support to an injured joint. Typically slings are used when a joint is damaged, dislocated or injured due to surgery. The sling keeps the injured arm or shoulder immobile so that muscles, bones and tendons have time to heal.
A wrap support is used to compress the affected area without restricting movement. It may be in the form of a long bandage or a pull-on sock. Often used for arthritis pain or minor sprains, this flexible brace offers comfort and stability as well as prevent injury for those with a weakened joint.
Medium / maximum braces for arm support are used for sprains or other ligament injuries. Often, these types of injuries cause pain when moving the arm, stiffness, and swelling. It offers more rigid panels to stabilize the wrist and the arm, compress the area, prevent the wrist from rotating inward or outward, and allow ambulation with decreased pain.