Brace Yourself


While many medical technologies have changed over the years, the shoulder brace remains a dinosaur in modern times.

But that will all change soon, thanks to an idea by James Lebolt, DO, sports medicine section chief and orthopedic surgeon with Spectrum Health Medical Group, and follow-through by the Spectrum Health Innovations team.

“We needed a brace to treat athletes who injured their shoulder in season, which would allow them to safely continue to participate in sports,” Dr. Lebolt said.

Lebolt’s new shoulder brace design will work well for all types of athletes, as well as regular Joes and Janes. It should prove especially handy for working professionals such as electricians and plumbers, who perform repetitive overhead work.