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How To Wear A Shoulder Sling?



If you have suffered an injury to your shoulder, elbow, or wrist, you may be required to wear a sling on your arm to help protect it while things are healing. Wearing a sling keeps your arm against your body and prevents you from moving your arm too much as you heal after injury. Improperly wearing your sling may delay your healing or, worse, injure your arm further.

If you are required to wear a sling, it is important that you wear it properly. This helps to prevent fluid and blood from accumulating in your hand and wrist. Proper sling usage can ensure that your arm heals the right way. 


To apply a shoulder sling correctly:

1. Gently pull the sling over your arm and elbow. It should fit snugly around the elbow. Your hand should come to the very end of the sling. Make sure the end of the sling doesn’t cut into your wrist or hand; if your hand hangs at your wrist, your sling may be too small.

2. Reach around your neck and grab the strap behind your elbow. Pull the strap around the back of your neck and feed it through the loop near your hand.

3. Tighten the straps so your hand and forearm are elevated above the level of your elbow. This helps to prevent blood and fluid from pooling in your hand and wrist.

4. Fasten the strap with the Velcro fasteners. You may wish to put a small piece of terry cloth under the strap for comfort around your neck.

5. Some slings have a strap that goes around your back to keep the elbow close to the body. If it has one, reach behind and pull the strap around your back, fastening it near the hand. Make sure the strap is not too tight. You should be able to fit two or three fingers between your body and the strap of the sling.