How To Use An Arm Sling

Arm Sling

An arm sling is a useful tool to hold your injured arm, forearm, elbow, or wrist after an injury or surgery. It keeps your arm in a raised position in front of your chest. It supports your affected body parts and helps in the healing process.  

A sling consists of a piece of fabric or material that is worn over the shoulder and used to hold or support your arm. If you are a beginner and don’t know how to use an arm sling. This article is perfectly crafted for you with step-by-step instructions on how to wear a sling. 

How You Can Use An Arm Sling

You can wear a shoulder sling by following the below step-by-step guide. You will learn the process of wearing a sling by yourself without the help of another person. 

  1. First, you must sit on a chair or any other support. 
  2. Place a sling on your lap. 
  3. Now slightly push your injured arm into the sling. Your elbow must be on the back of the sling (closing end) and your hand must be near the front of the sling(opening end).
  4. Adjust your injured arm by bending it in front of your chest. Raise the hand slightly above your elbow. Your arm must make a 90-degree angle while your thumb points upward. This process helps to reduce the chances of swelling by promoting the blood flow. You can use your other arm while elevating your injured arm if you feel pain or uncomfortable.
  5. Now grab the straps of the sling and pull them around your neck. You will place the straps on your opposite shoulder (shoulder of uninjured arm). 
  6. Tight the straps of the sling while holding your injured arm at 90 degrees. You can adjust its length to ensure your arm is held in the right position against your body.
  7. If the strap makes you uncomfortable, you can use a pad or small piece of cloth under the straps for more comfort. 

How long can I wear a sling to support an injured limb?

The duration of sling usage varies depending on the type and severity of the injury. It is best to consult with a healthcare professional for specific recommendations. There is no fixed time zone that can tell you how long you will wear a sling for your injured limb. 


A sling is a useful tool for supporting your arm, shoulder, forearm, or wrist after having surgery or injury. The sling will support your injured arm and help speed up the recovery. You can easily wear a sling no matter if you’re a beginner if you follow the step-by-step guide in this article. You just need a sling and follow the steps.