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Clavicle Fracture Treatment for faster recovery

Updated on May 26, 2011

Clavicle Fracture

What is a Clavicle fracture?

Clavicle fracture is a type of fracture that takes happens on the collar bone of human body. Clavicle fractures are very common in children and teenagers. Clavicle or collar bone is one of the thin bones in the human body that is supports either side of the neck and shoulder joint. It's common because its thin middle shaft is not able to bear big impacts and ends up breaking or dislocation. 

Common Causes of Clavicle fractures?

The most common reason behind many clavicle fractures is injury caused when someone falls with arm at one side.

Clavicle bone fractures happen due to fall on to a shoulder or a direct trauma to the clavicle region. In most cases it's very visible and thus Diagnosis is easy by physical examination. However, radiological confirmation must be done with the help of X ray equipment. It is seen that clavicle fractures happen usually at the shaft region due to its curve in the middle region.

The most common types of clavicle fractures are:

  • Midshaft clavicle fracture
  • Distal clavicle fracture
  • Proximal clavicle fracture

Midshaft clavicle treatment – as mentioned earlier also that this part of body is the most vulnerable to bone fractures because of the small bend at this mid shaft that becomes the weakest point of the bone. Any impact that occurs with the extended shoulder joint may cause the bone to break/crack. In these cases you need need midshaft fractured clavicle treatment.

The main aim of the Clavicle fracture treatment is to restore the normal anatomy of the fractured bone and stop pain and regain normal strength.

Clavicle Fracture Treatments

There are generally two ways of treating clavicle fractures. These are:-

  • Non operative
  • Surgical

In non-operative case, the bone treatment involves resting the upper arm of the affected clavicle and supporting the lower arm with the aid of a clavicle sling. It's a time taking yet effective technique.

8 figure shaped brace may or may not help because it causes discomforts in patients and cause more pain. In majority cases, clavicle fracture treatments are done with non-operative ways. If the fracture is at the lateral point i.e. at the end of the subject bone, then joining of the bone is more difficult as compared to the fracture in the shaft or the mid-region.

Second way of treating bone fracture is surgical. Just 10% of the cases of the clavicle fracture are being treated by this surgical method.

The surgical techniques are also known as open reduction internal fixation (of bones) or ORIF in which a plate is being used to cure bones. Surgical fracture treatment involves use of anatomically shaped titanium or steel plate. This plate is fixed along with the better aspect of collar bone with screws. These plates can also be removed at later stage.

The bone must be aligned properly and proper calcium supplementation of calcium and phosphorus should be done.

Clavicle Fracture Healing time

It is known fact that bone fracture healing roughly takes 3 to 18 months. However, in recent studies, it has been discovered that healing of bone fracture can be stimulated with the help of herbal supplements like Cissus Quadrangularis. Consuming these supplements along with calcium rich dairy supplements can tremendously reduce the healing time of a clavicle fracture.


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      medicfan 5 years ago

      my boyfriend had an accident at work, and fell out of a wagon at like 8/9 ft and fractured hes clavicle, i don't know what to do, its not healing and they said he might have to have surgery.. what can we do?

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      upendar 5 years ago

      I fell from bike,at that time I had horrible pain,when I took x-ray, dactor said that there is no fracture but it is still paining, I don't knw what to be done. Can any one help me. I visited three factors in a month but there is no use.plz anyone suggest me,what need to be done

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      janecutts 6 years ago

      Thanks Eiddwen, I am so glad that you found it useful

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      An interesting hub which I am sure will benefit many.

      Take care