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As some of you already know I have a health condition that leads to me partially dislocating joints on a regular basis and one joint that recently joined in the fun is my right shoulder. The way it came out of place was an unremarkable movement where I literally just put my arm behind me then heard a pop and a ping followed by severe pain all along my collarbone and up my neck. My physio checked it out for me and said I'd dislocated the area where the shoulder meets the collarbone so she popped it back into place and instructed me to wear a sling for a week or so. I've got supports for many areas of the body but a sling was something I didn't have. Onto ebay and I found this PhysioRoom sling for £8.99 so ordered one.
The sling is measured from the elbow to the middle of the little finger for the sizing which is a bit odd since in the picture above it doesn't reach that far down the model's hand! However I needed a small one and it arrived nice and quickly but unfortunately with no instructions. You'd think a sling would be very straightforward and while it is fairly basic there is still one strap I'm not sure about but more about that later. The part that cradles the arm is a thin soft canvas type of material and the straps are sturdy thick cotton with a padded section to place on the shoulder. The sling is secured by velcro.
Figuring out how to put this on with a shoulder I didn't want to move too much proved a puzzle, eventually I laid the cradle section on the table and draped the strap around my neck and round to the front of the sling. That worked ok but it was still a bit difficult to get in it even like that. Then I hit the puzzling strap. At the front of the sling there is a plastic section that the main strap feeds into to bring the two sides together and lift the front of the sling up where it is then velcroed. However on one side of the sling, on the inside, there is a short strap with a loop that doesn't make much sense, the only thing it seems capable of doing is feeding through the plastic sections to bring them together but then if the main strap is fed through the loop it puts a twist in the strap so I really don't know what that strap is for. It seems unnecessary and I never use it but I can only imagine it extends the strap a little bit. The main strap does adjust to a degree like bra straps do but I suppose it's possible some people need an extension. I never use that strap and just tuck it inside the sling.
Once on the sling is very supportive and it was bliss taking the weight off my shoulder. It holds the arm snugly and the padded part around my neck is comfortable too. I wore the sling for a week as instructed then washed it on a cool wash and let it air dry. I've needed it again since for another few days and it did the job nicely. It can be worn on either arm and is alot more comfortable than a tradional triangular sling on the neck.
Overall I do like this sling and find it very supportive but it can be a struggle getting into it with an injury present plus there's that irritating little strap I can't figure out! Four stars from me though for the comfort, support, easy washing and years of use I'll get out of it.