Sean Penn Assistant Injures Herself in Shower Slip and Fall

9/14/2011 3:25 PM PDT
It was Sean Penn to the rescue today ... when his assistant fell down in the shower and messed up her arm ... and the actor rushed her to urgent care.

Sources close to the actor tell TMZ ... Penn's assistant was taking a shower at Sean's Malibu home when she fell ... and popped out her elbow.

Sean wrapped her up in a towel and took her to a nearby urgent care facility.

Sean and his girlfriend, Shannon Costello, (below) were clearly upset as they waited while the assistant was being treated.

We're told doctors managed to pop the elbow back into place ... and now the assistant is recovering at her home.