Custom-made compression garments maintain effective pressure for 2-3 months and then must be replaced. Alternating between several garments will aid in lengthening the life of the garments, although, in some cases of weight change, or spurts of rapid growth in children, more frequent re-measurement and replacement may be necessary.
Note: Shoulder flaps are intended only to hold up a sleeve. They are not intended or designed to apply therapeutic pressure to the torso.
Common Options for Custom Shoulder Garments
Shoulder Flap & Strap Styles
The purpose of a shoulder flap is to hold up a sleeve. It is not designed to apply therapeutic pressure to the upper torso. Some benefit may be obtained to the upper shoulder, especially the acromial region, but a shoulder flap should not substitute for a vest.
10A Shoulder Flap Regular Male & Child
The default flap closure for an adult male flap is a zipper placed on the opposite side of the torso. For a child, the default closure is hook & loop placed on the opposite side of the torso.
10A Shoulder Flap Regular Female
The default flap closure is hook & loop placed on the opposite side of the torso.
The 10A Female for an adult female comes with an opening for the breast. This may not be indicated for a patient without breast due to surgery. You must indicate this on the Measurement Chart.
10B Shoulder Flap Strap Male
10C Shoulder Flap Strap Female
10D Shoulder Flap Strap Child
The strap-style Shoulder Flaps come with an an adjustable strap and foam padding for comfort.
Shoulder flaps do not automatically come with sleeves. You must select a sleeve, full length or short, to attach to the shoulder flap. If a hand compression garment is to be attached to a full-length sleeve, measurements will be required for a glove, gauntlet, mitten, or stump cover in addition to the measurements for the sleeve and for the shoulder flap. See the Upper Extremity page for more information.
Fabrics and Design Considerations
Bio-Concepts Order Form
This should be completed and transmitted with every custom garment order.Download PDF
How To Prepare The Order Form
Detailed instructions for submitting orders and an example order form.Download PDF
Upper Extremity Measurement Chart
For separate sleeves and sleeves attached to torso garments (for example, sleeves for a sleeved vest).Download PDF
How To Measure The Upper Extremity
Procedures and an example measuring chart.Download PDF
Bio-Concepts Sketch Pad
To indicate the locations of special linings and other features.Download PDF
How To Use The Sketch Pad
Instructions for illustrating special features.Download PDF