The video and instructions below will explain how to fit your sling correctly and a technique for getting washed and dressed.
We use different types of slings for different injuries. You may have been given one of the following slings.
The Triangle sling is used for short term use only. If you have been given one please discuss it with our Virtual Fracture Clinic team.
When fitted correctly, your sling should look like this:
Top tips for your sling:
Applying your sling:
All patients with shoulder and elbow injuries can do gentle exercises of the wrist and hand. Please do not exercise or put any weight through your shoulder or elbow until you have been advise to do so.
You are allowed to remove your sling to wash and dress. At first you may find this difficult or painful to do yourself, you may need help from family or friends. We recommend that a strip wash is safest and most comfortable initially. If you are showering, allow your injured arm to hang by your side whilst you use your good arm to wash.
Top tips for dressing:
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. You may also find it more comfortable to sleep in a semi-sitting position.
Please note the information above is for guidance only. If you have any concerns or additional queries please contact the Virtual Fracture Clinic.