8 Tips for Coping With a Shoulder Sling
Patient in arm sling

Shoulder Slings

You may find yourself in a shoulder sling for a variety of reasons. The sling helps support your arm after injury or surgery on the arm, shoulder or collarbone. Some people only need it for a short period of time, while others will wear a sling for many weeks. Regardless of how you ended up with it, wearing a shoulder sling can be a challenge. Read on to learn some practical tips for coping with your sling.

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Medical References

  1. Instructions for Wearing Your Shoulder Immobilizer Brace. Johns Hopkins University. http://www.hopkinsortho.org/orthopedicsurgery/ShoulderImmobilizer.pdf.
  2. Postoperative Shoulder. National Association of Orthopedic Nurses. http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=26&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CE0QFjAFOBQ&url=...
  3. Rotator Cuff Tears: Surgical Treatment Options. American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00406.

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