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Maryann Gromisch RN Guide

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Treatment

Treatment will depend on the severity of the injury. Treatment involves:

  • Putting the pieces of the bone back in position, which may sometimes require anesthesia and more rarely surgery
  • Keeping the pieces together while the bone heals itself

Brace or Sling

Most clavicle fractures can be treated with either a figure-of-eight strap, which is wrapped around the body and the shoulders, or with the arm in a sling. These devices help hold the shoulder in place while the clavicle heals. The doctor may prescribe pain medication.

Surgery

Very rarely, surgery may be needed to set the bone. The doctor may insert pins or a plate and screws in the bone to hold it in place while it heals. You will still need to wear the sling or figure-of-eight strap while you heal.

Exercises

When your doctor decides you are ready, start shoulder range-of-motion and strengthening exercises. You may be referred to a physical therapist to assist you with these exercises. Do not return to sports activity until your clavicle is fully healed.

Healing Time

  • A child may heal as quickly as 3-4 weeks.
  • An adolescent may take 6-8 weeks to heal.
  • An adult who has stopped growing may require 8-10 weeks to heal.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2014 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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