Can you drive with your shoulder in a sling?

Can you drive with your shoulder in a sling?

The bottom line is that, if you need to be in a sling, you cannot drive. It isn’t safe, especially if you encounter any surprises on the road.

Can you drive with a shoulder immobilizer?

Question: Can someone that had a shoulder replacement and will be in a sling for four more weeks still be legal to drive with one arm? Answer: There are no restrictions placed on a license for this situation, unless a physician notifies Driver and Vehicle Services of such.

Can I take my sling off at night?

For some injuries your sling should be kept on while you are in bed at night, our Virtual Fracture Clinic team will advise you. You may find it more comfortable to sleep on your back initially with a pillow under your injured arm for support. You may also find it more comfortable to sleep in a semi-sitting position.

What does a shoulder immobilizer do?

The shoulder immobilizer you have been given is designed to support your arm, but also to protect you from doing certain motions. It is also to protect your arm from other people pulling on or against the arm and to protect the arm at night, so you do not sleep on it wrong or move it in the wrong position.

Is it legal to drive with one arm in a sling?

Driving with a Sling Anyone is allowed to drive their car even with one arm in a sling. But remember that a steering wheel is not the only car component that the drivers should pay attention to. They need to control the brake, gear shift, and other controls at the same time.

Can I take my sling off to drive?

Research studies have shown that wearing a sling impairs driving and therefore I must also recommend that you delay driving (particularly high speed driving) until you are out of your sling and weaned off narcotic pain medications as well. This is for 2 to 6 weeks depending on your surgery and rehab protocol.


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