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How long does it take to recover from broken collar bone?

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Dr. Brian Chimenti
Sports Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Brian Chimenti
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Dr. Tandy Freeman
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: 6 weeks to 6 months

Most clavicle fractures heal uneventfully allowing a return to non-contact activities within 6-8 weeks with longer recovery times for contact or collision activities.
Displaced fractures often take longer to heal and, in some instances, may require surgical treatment. Treatment decisions, including return to activity, should be made in consultation with a physician with training and expertise.

In brief: 6 weeks to 6 months

Most clavicle fractures heal uneventfully allowing a return to non-contact activities within 6-8 weeks with longer recovery times for contact or collision activities.
Displaced fractures often take longer to heal and, in some instances, may require surgical treatment. Treatment decisions, including return to activity, should be made in consultation with a physician with training and expertise.
Dr. Tandy Freeman
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