Broken Collarbone Treatment
Treatment for a clavicle fracture often includes rest, cold compresses, arm elevation, and pain medications. Most clavicle fractures are treated with a clavicle strap or a shoulder sling, and heal within six weeks. Severe clavicle fractures may require surgery, in order to align the broken bone so that it may heal. In those with severe fractures, healing may require 3 to 6 months. Physical therapy may be required to restore muscle strength and flexibility in the shoulder.
Treatment for a clavicle fracture includes:
- Avoid activities that cause pain
- Cold compresses:
- Apply for 20 minutes at a time, 2 to 3 times per day
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Celecoxib (Celebrex)
- Narcotic pain medication:
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
- Sling or shoulder immobilizer
- A clavicle strap
- Surgery to repair a clavicle fracture
- Shoulder range of motion exercises
- Best to start these within 5 days of the fracture to avoid frozen shoulder
- Codman exercises
- Range of motion exercises should be performed daily
Broken Collarbone Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of a clavicle fracture.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Will I need occupational therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this injury again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Broken Collarbone Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat a clavicle fracture:
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