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Choosing The Right Shoulder Sling
It is important to get a shoulder sling that is appropriate for your injury. There are many different levels of support and it can be confusing trying to pick the right one.
This article covers the main types of shoulder slings, describing their features, benefits and suggested uses.
The length of time you are likely to be in a sling will have a big say on your final choice. The longer you need to be in it, the more important comfort will be. Following surgery or some injuries, the shoulder needs to be immobilized for 6 weeks or more. In these cases the right sling can make a bad situation much more tolerable.
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Shoulder Slings and Immobilizers
Shoulder Slings just have a single strap - the one that goes up and around the neck to support the arm. A Shoulder Immobilizer also has a waist strap that acts like a belt to keep the arm firmly by the side.
As a general rule, more serious injuries require an immobilizer and they are also helpful for anyone who needs to sleep in a support. Minor injuries that just need a little rest can often get away with just a basic sling.
Shoulder Immobilizer with Abduction Pillow
Shoulder Slings For Longer Term Use
Anyone who is required to be in a shoulder sling for more than a few weeks will appreciate a comfortable sling. Another factor that becomes important over this period is personal hygene.
A small abduction pillow keeps the arm slightly out to the side of the body, allowing increased ventilation and (for those not permitted to remove the sling) ease of wipe cleaning.
These may seem like small details but when it is 100 degrees outside, 6 weeks is suddenly a very long time.
Shoulder Sling for More Than 4 Weeks
Donjoy Shoulder Immobilizers have been around for a long time and tick all the boxes for anyone likely to be in a sling for more than a few weeks.
The Ultrasling I is at the lower end of their premium range and offers good value for money for those looking for comfort without the super-premium price tag.
The arm is kept away from the side with the 10 degree abduction pillow and the waist strap secure the arm for sleeping.
Economical Shoulder Immobilizer with Abduction Pillow
This Shoulder Immobilizer is not the most refined product. Although it is a little clumsy, it does represent the most economical product with an abduction pillow and as such will be a value buy for those expecting medium term use of a shoulder sling.
The Budget Shoulder Sling Option
To support the arm following your average sporting injury or occasional shoulder pain, you only need a basic sling.
As the difference in price between a basic sling and a basic immobilizer is negligible, even those looking for a budget option may as well get an immobilizer like this. At less than $13 it is great value and you never know if you will need the extra waist strap until you try to sleep in one.