Sling Use After Injury or Surgery

A sling is used after an injury or a surgery. The sling protects and keeps you from using the injured part. A sling will also give rest and support to the injured part.


  • ExitCare Image Do not use your shoulder until told by your doctor.

  • Keep all doctor visits.

  • Put ice on the injured area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15-20 minutes, 03-04 times a day.

  • Pad your elbow if you have numbness in your fingers.

  • Keep your arm on your chest when lying down.

  • Wear your plaster splint (if given) until you see your doctor again. Rest it on nothing harder than a pillow for 24 hours.

  • Do not get your arm wet if you have a plaster splint.

  • Wear your elastic bandage (if given) as told by your doctor.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Exercise your shoulder as told by your doctor. Stop exercising if you have pain.


  • You have an increase in bruising, puffiness (swelling), or pain.

  • You notice a blue color or coldness in your fingers.

  • Your pain is not helped by medicine

  • Any of your problems are getting worse.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.