Do I have to wear my sling all the time?

Answered by Tom Adger

It is important to wear the sling or immobilizer provided by your surgeon at all times, unless they specifically instruct you otherwise. The sling is designed to support and protect your injured arm, and wearing it consistently will aid in the healing process.

While it may be tempting to remove the sling for short periods of time or during certain activities, it is crucial to follow your surgeon’s guidelines and keep the sling on as much as possible. Even small movements or activities without the sling can put strain on your injured arm and impede the healing process.

That being said, there are certain exceptions. Your surgeon may advise you to remove the sling for specific exercises or physical therapy sessions, as part of your rehabilitation program. Always consult with your surgeon or physical therapist before making any modifications to wearing the sling.

It is important to note that while wearing the sling, you can still move your wrist and hand, as well as straighten your arm below the elbow. However, it is recommended to minimize movement of your arm as much as possible to prevent any unnecessary strain on the injured area.

In terms of self-care, it is crucial to prioritize rest and avoid activities that may put stress on your injured arm. This includes lifting heavy objects, participating in strenuous physical activities, or engaging in repetitive motions that may exacerbate your injury.

Remember, every individual’s healing process is unique, and it is essential to follow your surgeon’s specific instructions and recommendations for wearing the sling. If you have any concerns or questions about wearing the sling, do not hesitate to reach out to your surgeon for clarification and guidance.

Wearing the sling consistently and minimizing movement of your injured arm will aid in the healing process and promote a successful recovery. Patience and adherence to your surgeon’s instructions are key during this time.