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Doctor insights on: Which Is A Worse Injury A Shoulder Dislocation Or A Broken Collar Bone

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Which is a worse injury a shoulder dislocation or a broken collar bone?

Which is a worse injury a shoulder dislocation or a broken collar bone?

Dislocation: Shoulder dislocation is worse because if it does not heal then it can lead to recurrent dislocation. The collar bone fractures heal in 99% cases & most of the heal with conservative management. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
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Dislocated Shoulder (Definition)

A glenohumeral dislocation occurs when the head of humeus displaces in relationship to the glenoid fossa. Most glenohumeral dislocations occur when the humerus slips forward (anterior) on the fossa. A disocated shoulder must be reduced, & a post-reduction x-ray is necessary to check for any fractures/ ensure proper realignment. Dislocations may also cause soft tissue ...Read more


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How bad does a broken collar bone usually hurt?

Moderate to severe: A broken collar bone, which is quite common in forward fall situations, can cause moderate to severe pain. Pain from fractures is due to the ends of the fractures "rubbing" on each other. The collar bone is strut that is the only bony attachment between the shoulder and the axial skeleton. Therefore, nearly any movement of the arm and shoulder will move the collar bone. ...Read more

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I have a broken collar bone, what to do?

I have a broken collar bone, what to do?

Have it evaluated.: The doctor will let you know what needs to be done depending on the degree of injury. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a broken collar bone?

What are the signs of a broken collar bone?

Many: I would add difficulty arising from laying down or getting out of that comfy chair without help. You feel better holding it close to you and not letting it swing free. ...Read more

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How long will it take for a broken collar bone to heal?

How long will it take for a broken collar bone to heal?

Weeks - Months: It depends what type of fracture occurs as well as the location in the clavicle. Usually it is about 6 weeks but sometimes it can be a few months. ...Read more

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Could you die from a broken collar bone?

Could you die from a broken collar bone?

Not expected: A simple broken collar bone is regarded as a minor fracture and not usually one to die from but any fracture should be under the management of a doctor. ...Read more

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How long will it take for a surgery to reset a broken collar bone?

Short term...: Operative repair of a broken(fractured) collar bone takes a few hours once one is actually in the operating room; recovery from the procedure itself also takes a few hours; and probably at least an overnight stay in the hospital. The recovery from a fractured collar bone is another story... ...Read more

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I'm prescribed to take 1-2, 5mg percocets every 4-6 hours for a broken collar bone. When I take them, I start to feel hot. Is this normal?

I'm prescribed to take 1-2, 5mg percocets every 4-6 hours for a broken collar bone. When I take them, I start to feel hot. Is this normal?

Pain Meds: Narcotic pain medications, like Percocet, have lots of side-effects. Most common are drowsiness, nausea, constipation, and restlessness. Feeling "hot" may be from the medication or from the inflammatory reaction your body takes to heal the clavicle fracture. Regardless, pain from clavicle fractures tends to ease rapidly. Recommend using the Percocet for only a few days, then just plain tylenol. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the most comfortable way to sleep with a broken collar bone?

Can you tell me about the most comfortable way to sleep with a broken collar bone?

Collar bone: Try sleeping on the side opposite the break. You can also try taking some pain medication before you go to bed. Sometimes it helps to sleep in a reclining chair. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Ivankovich
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Clavicle Fracture (Definition)

The clavicle is the bone that connects the scapula to the sternum. A fracture (also known as a "break") can occur from a direct blow to the shoulder. The treatment ranges from non-operative treatment in a sling to open treatment with metallic implants. An orthopaedic surgeon can provide more answers. For more ...Read more


Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more