Have you ever broken a bone in your arm? Our natural reaction when falling or bracing for an impact is to extend our arms. Because of this, broken arms and shoulders are common injuries.
It can take several weeks or even months for a broken arm to heal completely. Immobilizing your arm is a key factor during the rehabilitation process. Immobilization helps keep your bones aligned as they heal and can also reduce pain, swelling and muscle spasms. Most likely your physician will align your bones back into proper place, and then place a cast on the affected area. Your doctor may also recommend that you wear an arm sling or arm immobilizer to help provide extra support and to prevent you from moving beyond your range of motion too early. Nowadays arm slings come in various designs. They come with breathable fabric and some even have pockets so you can ice your injury to help enhance the healing.
If you ever experience a broken bone, make sure to see your physician immediately so you can start healing as soon as possible!