A sling supports your forearm. It keeps an injured arm or shoulder from moving.
Some slings, called immobilizers, have a strap that goes around your waist to hold your arm against your body.
Your doctor may have given you a custom sling that holds your arm in a certain position. If not, you can use a ready-made sling from a pharmacy.
But a sling can create problems. Keeping your arm in one position for too long can cause serious problems, such as frozen shoulder.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: November 29, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Thomas M. Bailey, MD, CCFP - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Patrick J. McMahon, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
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