Gordon’s return bolstered by posture shirt

New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon.

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The Pelicans Eric Gordon is borrowing a page from the Rockets’ Dwight Howard as he works through a return from a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

Gordon is relying on the same AlignMed shirt Howard has worn to keep posture in place and joints aligned, according to AlignMed’s inventor and CEO, Bill Schultz.    

"It’s like having kinesiology tape from your neck to below your waist, on your chest and back," Schultz said. "Except that we put it in a garment, so it’s much more comfortable and covers a larger surface area."

The shirt Gordon wears has neuro bands sewn into it. The stretch tension stimulates the muscles, causing them to fire and joints to align in their natural position,

"If you improve the position of the joints, you’ll have better posture, reduce pain and limit the chance of injury," Schultz said.

Gordon’s shoulder is not yet 100% after his November 22 collision with Utah’s Alec Burks. The collision dislocated Gordon’s shoulder. When Gordon’s shoulder popped back into lace, his labrum completely tore.

Gordon says he plans to wear the AlignMed shirt for at least the near future. After missing 21 games, Gordon has now played in two contests. Gordon says he hopes to avoid surgery until the offseason.