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Clavicle fracture (broken collarbone)

Clavicle fracture (broken collarbone)

Clavicle fractures (broken collarbones) account for approximately five percent of all fractures and can be very painful. Our experts at Schoen Clinic specialise in the treatment of fractures and will explore the best possible treatment for you. Sometimes a simple broad arm sling can help to reduce the pain that you are experiencing by holding the fracture in a better position. Occasionally, surgery will be necessary to effectively resolve your condition.

Aftercare & recovery

Fractures will usually unite over a 6-8 week period however your shoulder should feel much more comfortable after as little as 2-3 weeks, particularly if surgery has been performed. Plates and screws are not routinely removed after the bone has healed, unless they are causing discomfort. Problems with the hardware are not common, but some patients find that seatbelts and backpacks can irritate the collarbone area. If this happens, the hardware can be removed after the fracture has healed.