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Clavicle Fractures Treatment Options

What are clavicle fractures?

Clavicle fractures, also known as collarbone fractures, are common injuries typically resulting from direct trauma to the shoulder or a fall onto the outstretched arm. These fractures can vary in severity, ranging from simple cracks to complete breaks, and may occur at different points along the clavicle. Symptoms often include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty moving the arm. Diagnosis is usually made through physical examination and imaging studies such as X-rays.

How are clavicle fractures treated?

Treatment for clavicle fractures depends on various factors, including the location and severity of the fracture, as well as the individual’s age and activity level. Common treatment options include:

What non-operative options are available?

Rest, immobilization with a sling, pain management, and physical therapy to promote healing and restore function.

What operative options are available?

Surgery may be necessary for severe or displaced fractures to realign the bones and facilitate proper healing.

What does rehabilitation look like?

Following treatment, rehabilitation plays a crucial role in restoring shoulder function and preventing complications. Rehabilitation programs may include:

  • Range of Motion Exercises: Gradual introduction of shoulder movements to improve flexibility and reduce stiffness.
  • Strengthening Exercises: Progressive exercises targeting the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint to improve stability and function.
  • Manual Therapy: Hands-on techniques such as massage or mobilization to improve joint mobility and tissue flexibility.
  • Patient Education: Guidance on proper posture, ergonomic principles, and activity modification to prevent re-injury and promote long-term shoulder health.

In conclusion, prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment are essential for managing clavicle fractures effectively and minimizing long-term complications. If you suspect you have a clavicle fracture, seek evaluation and treatment from a qualified healthcare professional.

Dr. Shane J. Nho is a board-certified fellowship-trained sports medicine orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the treatment of clavicle fractures. If you believe you are affected by clavicle fractures, schedule a consultation today with our experienced orthopaedic care team.

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Dr. Shane Nho

  • Board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon
  • Team Physician for Chicago Bulls, White Sox, Steel
  • Performs more than 700 procedures each year
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