What Is the LimbO Waterproof Arm Protector?
After breaking two bones in my wrist, I had to have a cast fitted on my arm. The cast was from my hand to just below the elbow. When they had finished putting my cast on, I was handed a leaflet about waterproof protectors as I was told I was not allowed to get my cast wet.
They suggested purchasing a protector from LimbO, which is an English company that makes products to help mobility and make life easier for people, such as myself, that are wearing plaster casts for a few weeks.
The company has waterproof protectors for different parts of the limbs such as feet, legs, hands, half and full-length arm protectors, etc. The one I am reviewing is the below-the-elbow protector. This is suitable for both shower and bath usage.
How Does It Work?
There is a leaflet that comes with the protector that tells you how to put it on your arm.
To fit the protector onto your arm, grip the neoprene seal at the top with your forefinger and thumb and gently pull it up over your injured arm. Neoprene rubber is what's used so it grips easily to the skin.
To be honest, when I first did this, I did have a bit of difficulty. But once I did it a few times, I got the hang of it. Once you have pulled the protector fully over the cast, then it is safe to shower and bath. You may find that there is air contained inside the protector making it blow up. But this is easily resolved by letting the air out so it is easier to move your arm and fingers.
Another small note worth considering is to make sure you have got this pulled up right up your arm. For one thing, I found it easier to use my hand, or at least my fingers with it pulled right up my arm.
I paid £13.75 for this on Amazon, but it is also available on the official Limbo website for £10.80.
Does It Work?
I usually spend quite a long time in the shower, especially in the winter months when I can have the water really hot! I found this really invaluable and useful to use. I found that the protector fitted securely over my arm, and when I am fully immersed in the shower no water gets in. I did wonder if any water would get in, to be honest, when I first used it. But when I got out and removed the protector from my arm, both my arm and the plaster cast were bone dry. The rubber seal stops any water from getting inside. I'm guessing the neoprene rubber is the same kind of rubber they use on diving suits and suchlike.
The main plastic part that covers your arm protects the arm well and doesn't feel uncomfortable on your arm. I can move my arm freely enough and my hand too. Of course, you're not going to be able to use your hand like you normally can, but you can move your fingers enough to be able to get a little movement with washing your hair, for instance. My arm did not sweat or become hot either, although the company does suggest not being in the shower or bath for more than 20 minutes just in case your arm does sweat or become too hot.
I'm really glad I purchased this. I find it made taking a shower so much easier and simpler. I have no idea how people managed before these were invented! I found it easy to slip the protector onto my arm. It can be a little awkward putting this on with one arm in the beginning, but once you've done it a few times, you quickly learn the best way to put this on yourself. The company also does protectors for children, which is handy.
It can easily be removed from your arm too. You just have to roll back the seal a little bit and slide it over the cast. The website suggests trying not to pinch the seal when putting it on or taking it off to avoid tearing it. This might prove tricky to do, but as I say, you'll get used to using it and knowing the best way to add and remove it from your arm.
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© 2020 Louise Powles
Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 06, 2020:
This is a great product. Hope your arm heals nicely, Louise.
Louise Powles (author) from Norfolk, England on May 03, 2020:
Genna - thankyou for the lovely comment. I think it's healing well. 2 more weeks and it can come off!
Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on May 03, 2020:
I'm so sorry to hear you broke your wrist. I broke mine many years ago, and only wish I had this cool protector. I had to wrap my cast in plastic bags and tape that were so awkward and uncomfortable! I hope you heal quickly.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 30, 2020:
What a great invention! Thanks for reviewing it. Should I ever need a cast, I will be sure to remember this. I hope you are healing nicely.
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 29, 2020:
Louise Powles thank you for sharing your experience it is a challenge and you sure are getting well. Hope have a speedy recovery and your explanation of the cast is interesting.
FlourishAnyway from USA on April 28, 2020:
Sorry about your booboo! I have already wondered how people effectively keep casts from getting wet.
Louise Powles (author) from Norfolk, England on April 27, 2020:
Lorna - thankyou for the lovely comment. Yes, my hand is mending, thankyou. This protector would be so helpful in the care homes you visit!
Lorna Lamon on April 27, 2020:
Great idea and so useful. The elderly I visit in the care homes usually end up using a black plastic bag when they shower. This would be so beneficial to them. Hope you are well Louise and recovering from your broken wrist.
Louise Powles (author) from Norfolk, England on April 26, 2020:
Thanks Liz! No, I had no idea about things like this either till they told me about it. It's very handy!
Liz Westwood from UK on April 26, 2020:
I am very sorry to hear about your broken wrist. I had no idea such products existed. This is a very useful review. I remember years ago struggling to keep a relative's ankle plaster dry. I wish we had known of these.