Alternate Names : Clavicle Fracture, Broken Collarbone
What are the treatments for the condition?
Minor to moderate injury may require "RICE" therapy:
R = rest or reduced activity
I = ice or cold packs applied to the shoulder, for 15 minutes every
C = compression of the affected area, such as with a special splint called a
figure-of-8 splint or a sling
E = elevation of the shoulder or affected arm
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, also called NSAIDs, may be
recommended to reduce inflammation and discomfort. Examples of NSAIDs are
ibuprofen and naproxen.
After a few days to weeks, the initial pain and swelling will begin to
subside, and the bone will start to heal. At this time,
or strength training exercises may help to increase the strength of the tendons and
may also be used to warm the muscles and improve blood flow.
If conservative treatment is not successful, surgery may be needed.
Sometimes, a bone graft
may be needed to promote healing.
What are the side effects of the treatments?
There may be stomach upset, ulcers, or an
to NSAIDs. Splints or slings can cause muscle tightening as well as skin
irritation. Treatments that require surgery pose a risk of bleeding, infection,
and allergic reaction
What happens after treatment for the condition?
In some situations, no further treatment is needed.
and daily exercises may be advised to strengthen the muscles and help the bone
continue to heal. Complete recovery from the fracture may take several months.
How is the condition monitored?
Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the