What does a sling do for your shoulder?
The shoulder sling keeps your arm against your body. It prevents you from moving your arm too much as you heal after an injury. If you wear it the wrong way, you might delay healing or injure your arm more.
Is a sling good for shoulder injury?
Slings can be used for many different injuries. They are most often used when you have a broken (fractured) or dislocated arm, elbow, or shoulder. After a shoulder injury you may be fitted with a shoulder sling to help immobilize the joint to aid in the healing process.
How long should you wear a shoulder sling?
It is very important to wear your sling as directed by your doctor after surgery.
- The sling is typically used for 4 to 6 weeks after surgery.
- You should not do any reaching, lifting, pushing, or pulling with your shoulder during the first six weeks after surgery.
Should I wear a sling if I have a torn rotator cuff?
Rotator cuff repair can reduce pain and improve shoulder function, although there is a risk of repeat tears or incomplete healing. Patients are often advised to wear an immobilizing sling or brace for the first few weeks after rotator cuff surgery.
What sling is best for rotator cuff injury?
Rotator Cuff Tear For the most serious rotator cuff tears, be sure to try the abduction sling top protection.
How long do you wear a shoulder immobilizer?
Wear your shoulder immobilizer or sling With many rotator cuff surgeries, you wear a sling or immobilizer at all times for 4-6 weeks. During this time, you can move your hand, wrist, and fingers, but the full motion of your arm is limited.
Should you wear a shoulder sling to bed?
Sleeping. For some injuries your sling should be kept on while you are in bed at night, our Virtual Fracture Clinic team will advise you. You may find it more comfortable to sleep on your back initially with a pillow under your injured arm for support.