Surgery for your AC Joint Separation should only be considered if you have completely torn your AC Joint and your shoulder joint has become noticeably deformed. Most grades of AC Joint Separation can be healed without invasive surgery.
Not all AC Joint Separations require surgery. Sometimes an AC Joint Separation only involves a sprain or partial tear of the joint. If this is the case, there's no need to waste time and money on surgery. King Brand® has the professional medical devices that can do the job for you. They can relieve the pain, keep your shoulder still and promote blood flow to heal your damaged AC Joint.
Do this and your AC Joint can truly heal - finally.
The above are signs of a severe AC Joint Separation that may require surgery. If you do require surgery to repair your AC Joint, our products can be used to speed up your recovery post-surgery. Immediately after surgery you will be in a lot of pain and may have some inflammation in your shoulder. This is the time to use our ColdCure® Shoulder Wrap and Accessory Sling. Once the ColdCure® Wrap has eliminated your pain and swelling, you can start doing BFST® treatments. The BFST® Shoulder Wrap will work to stimulate blood flow in your shoulder and accelerate the healing process.
You don't need surgery to heal your separated AC Joint. You can heal with improved blood flow and limited movement of your shoulder. You simply need the right treatment. You need Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy® (BFST®).
BFST® Wraps bring high-quality, healthy blood flow to your injured tissue while you are at rest. This increase in blood flow works to actively heal your damaged tissues. Blood flow is the most critical element in rapid recovery. Unfortunately, a separated AC Joint at rest often has very restricted blood flow. While physical activity stimulates blood flow, it can also lead to further tissue damage, which means a longer recovery time. BFST® Wraps allow you to rest and avoid re-injury while your AC Joint receives the additional blood flow it needs to heal.
The BFST® Shoulder Wrap stimulates blood flow through your AC Joint area while you are at rest. This is very important because while at rest, an unaided and inflamed AC Joint can otherwise have seriously reduced blood flow. It is the oxygen and nutrient-rich blood that enables the healing process, so adequate blood flow is required for the AC Joint to heal quickly and completely.
The BFST® device is comfortable and easy to use. Put it on, plug it in, turn it on, sit back and relax. BFST® treatments are relaxing and they feel great. People often notice a slight tingling sensation and warmth deep in their shoulder as the BFST® starts increasing their blood flow. We recommend that you do 3-4 BFST® treatments per day. Since the effects of each 20 minute treatment last for up to 4 hours, we recommend you spread your treatments out throughout the day.
Almost as important as the promotion of blood flow is the reminder of the injury. The reminder is what helps you move with care so you don't end up overdoing it and making your AC Joint Separation even worse. Avoiding further injury is fundamental to rapid recovery. That's why we recommend that you keep wearing your BFST® Shoulder Wrap between treatments. It's designed to be worn even when turned off to help protect your AC Joint from further strain. Just unplug the controller from the device and gently tighten the straps to provide your AC Joint with light support between treatments. Also, don't forget to keep wearing your Accessory Sling, as it's designed for use both during and after treatments.
Your AC Joint Separation may be extremely painful and debilitating, causing you to take painkillers in order to find some relief. NSAIDs such as ASA, acetaminophen or ibuprofen are often used to treat the pain but these drugs do nothing to treat the actual condition. In fact, NSAIDs are known blood thinners and make the bleeding worse for fresh tissue injuries. Typical pain medications acutally interfere with the healing process. Cortisone injections are used in extreme cases but these too are intended to address the pain. They do not promote healing of the injury and put you at a very high risk of further injury.
Painkillers only mask the pain, causing people to feel a false sense of ability. This can lead to further damage being done to the shoulder. It's understandable that people may need to take painkillers from time to time. However, it's important to avoid using painkillers when you're physically active, as this can cause permanent damage. If you need to take painkillers, restrict them to times when you'll be at rest, such as when you're sleeping.
ColdCure® Wraps are a safe, effective alternative to painkillers. The ColdCure® Top Shoulder Wrap does a superior job of relieving the pain and swelling associated with an AC Joint Separation. Not only does the ColdCure® Wrap provide soothing relief of your symptoms, it also helps to protect your shoulder from further damage. While painkillers take 20 minutes to kick in, the ColdCure® Wrap starts working as soon as you put it on.
For controlling the swelling and pain associated with an AC Joint Separation, nothing works better than cold compression.
ColdCure® Wraps are made entirely of very soft, stretchy material. They come with 3 swappable cold packs that contain our unique XC RigiGel® formula. XC RigiGel® holds its form and doesn't migrate to other areas of the wrap, meaning it always stays in place to treat your AC Joint. The gel doesn't move, even when put under pressure for long periods of time. The gel packs are inserted inside the wrap one at a time, so you can have the other two charging in the freezer to keep your therapy going. We recommend you do your ColdCure® treatments in 20 minute cycles of use and rest.
Our XC Gel® packs are just as flexible at 0°C as they are at room temperature, meaning they will always conform to the shape of your shoulder. It also means you will get an even, consistent cold treatment every time. Unlike gels that are mushy and watery, our gel is firm enough to stay in place, but soft enough to mold comfortably to your shoulder.
Trying to keep your shoulder immobile throughout recovery is difficult, but it's important if you want to avoid re-injury. That's why we designed the Accessory Sling. Simply attach the Accessory Sling to your BFST® or ColdCure® Shoulder Wrap to limit the movement of your arm and shoulder.
The Accessory Sling also does an amazing job of taking the weight of your arm off your injured shoulder. This additional support will be a huge relief, and will also help prevent re-injury.
The Accessory Sling is easy to use and totally customizable. You can wear it on your left arm or right arm, and the Velcro® will attach anywhere on your Shoulder Wrap. Only at King Brand® will you find products that allow you to do blood flow stimulation or cold therapy while your arm is also in a Sling.
Please note that the Accessory Sling cannot be used on its own or with any products other than the BFST® and ColdCure® Shoulder Wraps.
When you're not doing treatments with your BFST® or ColdCure® Wrap, your injured tissue becomes vulnerable to further damage. You don't want to re-injure your already fragile tissue and make your AC Joint Separation worse. Apply KB Support Tape directly over the injured area between your BFST® and ColdCure® treatments. This will provide your AC Joint with additional support and protection.
Our skin is soft and elastic and can stretch much more than the tissue underneath. When you apply KB Support Tape to your skin, it becomes a much more rigid surface than before, serving to limit how much the skin can stretch. The Tape makes your skin a source of outside support to hold your tissue in place, helping to prevent re-injury. That's why we call it armor for your injury.
KB Support Tape provides your injury with lightweight, comfortable compression to relieve your swelling throughout the day. You can wear it during all of your daily activities and it won't get in the way or restrict your movement.
KB Support Tape comes in 2 different styles: Pre-Cut Strips and a Continuous Roll. These 2 styles come in 4 different colors: Pink, Blue, Black & Beige. There's no functional difference between the colors, they just allow you to express your personal style.
The Pre-Cut Strips of KB Support Tape are ideal for people who want to use their tape on-the-go. Since they're already cut into ready-to-use strips, you can apply and go! Each roll of Pre-Cut KB Support Tape contains 20 individual strips. Each Pre-Cut Strip is 2 inches wide and 10 inches long.
The Continuous Rolls of KB Support Tape are perfect for you if you're looking for a more customizable Tape. You can cut the Tape into a variety of different shapes and sizes to achieve a completely unique application for your injury. Each box contains 1 Continuous Roll of KB Support Tape that is 2 inches wide and 16 feet long.
While we found the above application to be effective for AC Joint injuries, it's only an example. We encourage you to try different applications for AC Joint injuries to find the one that works best for you. Also, remember to listen to what your body is telling you. Use the pain as a guide. If you feel the pain in a specific area of your shoulder, apply the tape there.
What sets KB Support Tape apart from the rest? It's not athletic tape, it's medical tape. This means our Tape is manufactured to ISO 10993 standards, which ensures that our Tape is made from extremely safe, biocompatible materials. Our Tape is actually made from materials that are safer than most baby products, including diapers, toys and clothing. Don't let the big brand tapes fool you. Most of them are made from toxic materials, because there are no standards for athletic tape. Some big brand athletic tape glues even contain carcinogenic ingredients. At King Brand®, your health and safety is of utmost importance, which is why KB Support Tape is manufactured to such high standards.
The purchase of every BFST® and ColdCure® Wrap comes with the free professional consulting services of our King Brand® Advisors. This is a huge bonus in terms of your recovery. Our Advisors are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to AC Joint Injuries. They have also been thoroughly trained on BFST® and ColdCure® technology and treatments. One of our Advisors will contact you 2 or 3 days after your order has been delivered to see how your treatments are going and answer any questions you may have. Our Advisors truly care about your recovery. They can even help you create a treatment plan that's tailored to your symptoms and schedule. While one of our Advisors will follow up with you directly, you are welcome to contact us if you need any help. We're here for you every step of the way.
When you entered our site, a Shoulder BFST® medical device, a Shoulder ColdCure® medical device, an Accessory Sling and a roll of KB Support Tape were automatically put into your shopping cart. What's in your cart now is exactly what you need to stop the pain and speed the healing of your AC Joint. You may go to the checkout at any time or please continue to learn more about treating AC Joint Injuries by exploring our site. You can also find products to treat other injuries and ailments in our shop.
Combination Therapy means using ColdCure® and BFST® in combination by alternating treatments, as well as using KB Support Tape between your treatments. Combination Therapy is much more effective than using just one product or the other. This is because you're getting the pain and swelling relief of ColdCure®, the healing benefits of BFST®, and the protection and re-injury prevention of KB Support Tape, resulting in the absolute best treatment for your AC Joint.
Use the ColdCure® Wrap several times a day to help reduce not only the visible swelling you may see on the surface, but also the inflammation you may have and cannot see, deep down in the soft tissue.
Avoid using the BFST® Wrap until your inflammation and swelling has subsided. Start your BFST® treatments on Level 1. For maximum benefit, please take into consideration that each 20 minute treatment optimizes your blood circulation for an average of 4 hours. We recommend 3-4 treatments daily, spread throughout the day. During the day, do a BFST® treatment every 4 hours or before any type of physical activity. This can include anything that puts a strain on the injured area (lifting, reaching, etc). This can also be used for preventative measures after a full recovery to optimize your blood flow.
Do a ColdCure® treatment any time you experience a pain flare-up or after any physical activity to prevent further injury and reduce swelling and inflammation. 30-45 minutes after your ColdCure® treatment, follow with another BFST® treatment. This time will allow the blood flow and body temperature to regulate again. Refrain from using ColdCure® within the 4 hours following your 20 minute BFST® treatment. This will counteract the treatment. If necessary, use the ColdCure® Wrap for pain control, then follow up with another BFST® treatment.
Any time you're not doing a BFST® or ColdCure® treatment, wear KB Support Tape on your AC Joint. More Tape means more support, so if you're doing something physically demanding, you may want to apply an extra layer of Tape. If you're taping and doing multiple BFST® treatments throughout the day, do your first BFST® treatment before the Tape is applied and your last treatment after it has been removed at the end of the day.
BFST® Wraps are Class II FDA Registered medical devices. Class II medical devices are serious medical devices with very high standards of quality, safety and performance. The BFST® Wrap complies with hundreds of pages of regulations and standards that are in place to keep you safe and ensure effective treatments. This is a medical device, not a consumer good, but it's still available for the public to buy and use at home.
The Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy® (BFST®) Wrap is designed to promote blood flow in injured tissue below the dermal (fat and skin) layer. Utilizing our proprietary Energy Web®, specially controlled and incredibly safe, low levels of EMR energy envelop your shoulder and stimulate blood flow in the soft tissue deep beneath the skin. The resulting blood flow brings oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to your separated AC Joint, accelerating the healing process.
BFST® Wraps come with a 3 level power controller. Everyone should start their treatments at Level 1 and work their way through the levels gradually as their AC Joint heals. Proceeding immediately to Level 2 or 3 will not speed up the healing process. You need to condition the body first.
During your first treatments on Level 1, you may feel a slight warming sensation deep within your shoulder. This is because, at first, your circulation is poor. The more treatments you do, the better your circulation will become, and the less warmth you will feel. This is good. As the warmth lessens from treatment to treatment, this is an indication that your circulation is improving. Better circulation means blood flow all the time, not just during treatments. This is the goal. When you feel almost no warmth during a treatment, it is time to move up to the next power level. Don't rush it though, more heat doesn't mean better treatment. In fact, less heat means better treatment, so take your time moving up in levels.
BFST® Wraps are far superior to heating pads when it comes to therapeutic benefits. BFST® Wraps work to actively heal your damaged tissue by promoting blood flow to the injured area. Heating pads can't do this. Heating pads simply bring blood to the surface of the skin, making it hot to the touch. This does nothing for the injured tissue deep below the skin. The difference between a BFST® Wrap and a heating pad is significant.
The Energy Web® of the BFST® Shoulder device is enclosed inside a soft, comfortable neoprene wrap. The Wrap shapes the Energy Web® to mold around your shoulder, so your AC Joint receives an even distribution of energy. The Wrap comes with 3 Extension Straps (Small, Medium & Large) that allow you to customize the fit. No matter your size, you can find the right fit for your body. You don't need to remove the BFST® Shoulder Wrap once your treatment ends. Simply unplug the controller and keep wearing it to act as a reminder of your injury.
Keep doing BFST® treatments even after you think you've healed. The healing process takes much longer than most people realize. Even after you "feel better", your AC Joint may only be 20-30% healed. If you want your tissue to heal completely, you need to continue using the BFST® Wrap for months after the pain is gone. Do a BFST® treatment prior to any physical activity. This will act as a warm up for your circulatory system. You should also continue using KB Support Tape on your AC Joint area to help prevent re-injury.
ColdCure® Wraps are FDA Registered Class I medical devices. They exceed all government and health agency regulatory requirements for cold therapy, specifically for use in treating soft tissue injuries like an AC Joint Separation. When applied, ColdCure® Wraps immediately reduce the risk of further damage from excessive swelling. Doctors and Therapists agree that controlling swelling is a fundamental part of reducing long-term permanent damage resulting from soft tissue injuries.
ColdCure® RigiGel® packs are much safer and more effective than ice and products that use mushy blue gel. Why? Because RigiGel® packs are like ice, but they stay at 0°C. While they may start at about -20°C straight from the freezer, after a few minutes they will go to 0°C and stay at 0°C for a long time. This is the ideal temperature for cold therapy, because it's cold enough to relieve your pain and swelling, but safe enough to not cause cold burns. Ice and blue gel packs will also start out at -20°C and rapidly go to 0°C, but then their temperature will keep rising quickly, instead of staying in the safe, effective zone of 0°C. The XC Gel® danger zone is very small, but the benefits are huge.
While XC Gel® packs are designed to be stored in the freezer, you can store them in the fridge if you find them too cold from the freezer. If you find that the gel is too stiff from the freezer, leave it out for 1-2 minutes before inserting it inside the wrap. This will make it more flexible, while still retaining maximum cold capacity.
Most people think that RICE - Rest, Ice, Compression & Elevation - is the correct formula to follow when treating a soft tissue injury. The truth is that ice can actually freeze your skin and numb your nerves, causing 'cold burns' and even permanent damage to your skin and underlying tissue. The proper solution is RCCE® - Rest, Cold, Compression & Elevation. We don't want to apply ice, we want to apply cold that is just above freezing. Yes, you want cold, and lots of it - but not so cold that it is below the freezing point of water.
XC Gel® packs contain 10x more gel per lb than other products, for maximum coverage of your AC Joint. When stored in the freezer, our XC Gel® packs have 3x more cooling power per lb than other products. This means faster relief of your pain and swelling. It also means longer treatment times without having to get up and swap the gel packs as often. Larger gel packs with more gel inside plus superior cooling power ultimately means a better, more effective treatment.
The ColdCure® Shoulder gel packs are specially designed for the unique shape of your shoulder. This ensures that your AC Joint receives an even distribution of cooling power throughout treatment. We don't just use one generic gel pack shape for all of our products. Each body part is shaped differently, which is why all of our gel packs are shaped differently too. All of our ColdCure® gel packs are custom designed for the body part you're treating. This ensures the best treatment and coverage possible. This product was 100% designed to treat an AC Joint Separation.
Gel packs are notorious for having hot and cold spots. What makes our unique XC RigiGel® formula superior to regular gel formulas is its ability to distribute the cold energy evenly throughout the gel pack. This means there's no hot spots. Your shoulder will receive the cooling power of the entire gel pack every time. The temperature-balancing power of this gel formula is unmatched.
XC Gel® packs have 2 different colored sides: a white side and a gold side. Both sides have all the same benefits that our outstanding XC RigiGel® formula has to offer! XC Gel® packs can be inserted inside the pack with the white side facing towards your injury or away from your injury since they're not side specific.
King Brand® soft tissue rehabilitation medical products are the #1 choice by top Athletic Therapists and Medical Practitioners worldwide. We provide guaranteed results and customer satisfaction. Like all King Brand® products, there simply isn't a better performing option. All King Brand® products come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Try our products and if you are not completely impressed, you can send them back for a full refund. We know you will love them though because thousands of people already use them and rave about the results.
King Brand® BFST® and ColdCure® Wraps are FDA Registered medical devices. They have also passed the Health Canada, ISO 13485, ISO 10993 and IEC 60601-1 3rd Edition approval processes. These regulations and standards are significant in terms of product quality and safety. For example, ISO 10993 means that our products are manufactured with biocompatible materials. These materials are safer than the materials used to make diapers, baby clothes and baby toys. These are not simple consumer goods. These devices are designed to prevent, treat and cure soft tissue injuries and chronic conditions. They're also tested to the highest safety standards in the industry.