What is an Arm Sling?
An arm sling is a device that is used to support or immobilize an injured, sprained, broken, or surgically operated arm or shoulder while it heals. The arm slings help and prevent the movement of your arm too much while healing after an injury. The arm slings should be worn correctly or else it may delay the healing process or even worsen the injury. By wearing arm slings along with providing the support they also provide ultimate comfort for conditions like shoulder dislocation or fracture.
The arm slings are designed in such a way that they are apt for tropical countries which have climatically hot and humid conditions. Arm slings can be used for many different injuries. Along with extra protection, the arm slings have a very convenient way for application. The arm slings allow customization and flexibility for sizes. The arm sling also has a shoulder pad and thumb support which helps in patient comfort.
Why does one need an Arm Sling?
- After any fracture like shoulder, elbow, or wrist fracture.
- After surgery: If a person has undergone a surgical procedure for the shoulder.
- After a stroke: Stroke being a serious injury can paralyze your arm, leg, or both. If the shoulder does not move properly, it may become painful as it hangs by your side and to support this arm slings are required.
Before wearing an arm sling please do follow the doctor’s or physiotherapist’s advice as it may help you to conveniently wear the sling. There can be instances when you may feel a bit confused or concerned because of the straps and loops on the sling. With practice, you may get the knack of wearing the sling comfortably.
Arm slings are available in all sizes from small to extra-large and adjustable according to the patient’s use.
The material of an Arm Sling:
Arm slings are made of PU bonded fabric and hence makes it durable and non-tearable.
Features of an Arm sling:
- Easy application and removal.
- Has pleasant looks and design.
- Appropriate for hot and humid climates.
- Consists of ethafoam shoulder pad and thumb cradle.
- Has a side buckle for opening and closing.
- Helps to reduce fatigue.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you stop a sling rash?
One can develop minor skin irritation from the sling which rubs against your body. To get rid of this skin irritation you can apply a moisturizer or a cream.
How long should one wear an arm sling?
Generally, it is recommended that one should wear an arm sling for 3 to 6 weeks following a shoulder operation.
Should one wear an arm sling to bed?
It is essential that one should wear the arm sling in bed for the recommended period, unless and until instructed otherwise. It is also suggested that you should sleep on your back or on an unaffected side. Further, it is suggested that you should use a pillow underneath your injured arm for support.
Can we wash an arm sling?
Yes, the arm slings can be hand washed and air-dried. It can be washed occasionally if it gets dirty or as per your convenience.
What is the difference between splint and sling?
A splint is used as a short-term first-aid measure until a doctor can inspect the injury. A sling is a bandage that is used to support an injured arm.
Where to buy it?
Arm sling pouches are available in Hyderabad at:
TrueCare Surgicals (Store 1)
Address: H.No 1-100, G2, Hitech City main road, Opposite Indian Oil Petrol Pump, Madhapur, Hyderabad, Telangana 500081.
TrueCare Surgicals (Store 2)
Address: Nizampet X road, Near Sri Holistic Hospital, Behind Vasireddy Swagruha Foods, Kukatpally, Hyderabad, Telangana 500072.
TrueCare Surgicals (Store 3)
Address: Near Nallagandla Bata Showroom, Beside Prestige Showroom, Opp side of Ratnadeep Supermarket, Nallagandla, Seri lingampally, Hyderabad.