A lump or visible deformity over the fracture site
Tenderness and swelling of the affected area
The doctor will ask about your symptoms, physical activity, and how the injury occurred. The injured area will be examined.
Tests may include:
—a test that uses radiation to take a picture of structures inside the body, especially bones to look for a break
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.
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.
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.
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.
To help prevent clavicle fractures:
Do not put yourself at risk for trauma to the clavicle bone.
Eat a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D.
Build strong muscles to prevent falls and to stay active and agile.
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