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Recovery Time Broken Collar Bone
The time it takes for your clavicle or collarbone to heal depends on several factors:
1) the location of the fracture, i.e. In middle or at the end of the bone
2) the alignment of the broken ends
3) your age - children heal more quickly than adults (who may need up to 12 weeks).
Treatment is conservative and include a splint to keep your shoulder from moving, a sling for your arm and pain meds. ...Read more
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 detail, please see http://orthoinfo. ...Read more
What is long time?: Most of the clavicle (collar bone) will heal, with alignment will form a big callous will eventually molds itself, you should see your orthopedic surgeon and find out the reason for delayed healing. ...Read more
Yep, I bet it does: Most heal without surgery without resulting in significant residual pain and/or dysfunction. If the doctor is concerned that it won't heal without surgery or that it would heal and result in pain and/or dysfunction, the doctor will discuss surgery. Those that require surgery usually do great after surgery. ...Read more
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
Sling for 4-8 wks: Clavicle (collarbone) fractures are one of the most commonly broken bones. The majority are treated non-surgical with a sling, shoulder immob, or figure 8 splint. Clavicle can accept a fair amount of displacement prior to requiring surgery. The healing time is 2-4 months depending on age (younger = faster). ...Read more
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
Collar bone: Varies depending on severity of fracture, displacement, age of patient, smoking status, etc. In general, most fractures that are minimally displaced will heal in 6-8 wks. Most displaced fractures can take longer and may not heal at all. Surgery may be needed to approximate the ends of the bone if widely separated. ...Read more
Should not: Majority of clavicle fractures heal uneventfully unless severely fragmented, shortened or located more at distal end of bone (closer to shoulder). Once healed there will likely be a prominence at the sight of healing but should not be painful. Persistent pain for more than 4-6 mos suggests failure of healing and surgery could be necessary to induce healing. ...Read more
4-6 weeks: It take in childern about 4 -6 weeks. ...Read more
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Typically these injuries occur with falls from a bike
or other activities where on might land on their shoulder.
Sometimes the clavicle (collarbone) fractures and sometimes
the ac joint gets the brunt and gets injured. ...Read more
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Clavicle fractures: Are most often treated with figure of 8 splint, which places the two ends in apposition in satisfactory alignment. In rare cases, surgical intervention becomes necessary for anatomic reasons. Consult an orthopedic surgeon. But it will take up to 8-12 weeks for recovery. ...Read more
Yes: If the fracture is small enough you may not have any significant swelling or bruising. ...Read more
Depends on fracture: Whether it is a simple fracture, compound or comminuted. Get an x-ray interpretation and consult with orthopedic physician. ...Read more
On your back: You will usually sleep on your back since being on your side will cause more stress on the collar bones. Get in the most comfortable position you can and that is about as good as it gets until a certain level of healing ocurrs. Discuss with your pcp or orthopedist. Don't be a "pain in the neck! " ha! ...Read more
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
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 (acetaminophen). ...Read more
Clavicle: A broken collar bone and fracture are really the same. You can have a seperation of the clavicle from the sternum. That is different. As always ask your doctor to explain what they found on x-ray to you. Ask them to explain when family are present to help remind you later. Be well. Always wear a seat belt. ...Read more
No: Based on experience with both infants and older children with fracture clavicles, the fracture per se does not appear particularly painful, unless the arm is manipulated. That is why stabilizing the arm is an important step in managing this condition, which generally heals itself within a few weeks. ...Read more
Is it possible for a broken collar bone to successfully heal even if you don't go to the hospital?
Yes: If the collar bone is not overused or overworked during exercise. ...Read more
I'm afraid to tell my fiance about the broken collar bone out of fear it might life in a negative way. Am I right?
Common fracture: The collar bone is one of the bones most often broken. It sits in a sausage like sleave and often simply cracks without separating or separates a bit. Rx is commonly just keeping the shoulders back & maintaining allignment. Rarely (in major trauma) it can puncture the lung on that side. Once healed, life goes on. I see no reason to think it should hurt you or limit your life. ...Read more
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