A clavicle fracture is common in both children and adults, but typically occurs more frequently in those under age 25 due to the clavicle not completely developing until your late teens. Your clavicle, or collarbone, is located between your rib cage and your shoulder blade. Babies during birth often experience a broken collarbone, but in older persons, it can follow a direct blow to the shoulder, a car collision, or falling on to an outstretched arm. A serious injury to acquire, there are many treatment options available and a full recovery is usually anticipated.
Some of the signs that you might have a broken collarbone include: pain in your shoulder, difficulty moving your shoulder, and swelling or bruising around the broken bone. A doctor’s consultation should always be sought out when you are experiencing any abnormalities in your body. Occasionally, if the broken collarbone is more severely damaged, you could be recommended surgery but this is rare. The most common treatment you might be presented with is excessive rest for the injured extremity. Generally it takes about 12 weeks for your broken collarbone to completely heal, but pain should subside within only a few weeks. In addition to resting, a shoulder brace is also strongly suggested if not required for the clavicle to heal correctly.
The Brace Shop provides a number of shoulder braces that are manufactured specifically to aid in the healing of a broken collarbone. One of the most common braces the Brace Shop sells by doctor recommendation is an Ossur Figure 8 Clavicle Splint. You can also find many other styles and varieties of braces available in the Brace Shops large online store. If you have any questions or comments you can contact our customer service who would be happy to assist you!