Buyer Guide

Types Of Arm Slings: How to Choose the Right One

Here are the most common types of arm slings that can aid in various injuries.

Let’s have a look on them one by one, and discover each one’s purpose. 

Collar-and-Cuff Sling

You use a collar-and-cuff sling when you get injured in the upper arm; probably dislocating your shoulder or fracturing one of the shoulder bones. A collar-and-cuff bone supports the elbow and the wrists, while not completely immobilizing them. You can buy a collar-and-cuff bone on Amazon from any manufacturer or simply make one at home by using a soft and large bandage. 

Here is how you can make a collar-and-cuff sling at home:

  • Take a soft bandage and create a loop around your injured arm’s wrist. Make sure the loop is wide enough so that you’re able to remove your hand out of the collar-and-cuff sling in case of tripping.
  • Then gently raise the arm to your comfortable position (above your belly button or higher to the opposite shoulder). 
  • Tie the other two ends of the bandage around your shoulder so that the arm feels relaxed and well-supported. 

Standard Arm Sling

A standard arm sling is used for injuries, strokes, or fractures to the arms or wrists. It supports the arm so that the arm remains stable without the risk of stress or strains to heal faster. A standard arm sling comes with a sling to slide the injured arm in; and two straps to fasten the sling at the desired position and for a good snug fit. 

Shoulder Immobilizer Sling

This is a type of arm sling you wear when you need to completely immobilize the shoulder. You wear it when you dislocate your shoulder or fracture one of the shoulder bones. You slide your injured arm in the sling and two Velcro straps go behind your back through the sling to fasten them in front of you.

Then a strap band is used over the injured shoulder’s bicep that goes around the chest and under the armpit of the other shoulder to fasten it on your sling. It makes sure the shoulder even does not get a slight stretch or stress. 

Children Arm Sling

Children need specially designed arm slings specific to their size for their injuries. Like adults, children’s arm slings also support their wrists or shoulders for either immobilizing or stabilizing to let them heal faster and pain-freely. 

Mark Patinson

January 16, 2021