The collarbone is most frequently broken in childhood, but it can be broken throughout an individual’s lifetime. These breaks are usually the result of a fall on an outstretched arm or from falling directly on the shoulder. Collarbone fractures are also commonly caused by automobile accidents. If you’ve experienced a broken collarbone, there are a few different treatments that your doctor may recommend, based on the severity of the break.
If you experience the following symptoms, you’re likely experiencing a broken collarbone.
- Immediate pain in the area of the fracture
- Hearing a snapping sound
- Holding arm close to body minimizes pain caused by moving the shoulder
- Swollen skin and bruising around the affected area
- When the affected arm is moved, grinding or clicking can be felt
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, don’t delay reaching out for medical help. If you put off seeing a doctor, the delay in treatment could cause poor healing of this injury, causing potential medical issues in the future.
Non-surgical treatments can include arm support, physical therapy, and pain management medication all working together during the healing process.
Dr. Hicken specializes in injuries of the shoulder, specifically the collarbone and can get you the treatment you need for recovery. Depending on the severity of the fracture, Dr. Hicken may recommend surgery for your injury to heal correctly. If surgery is not recommended, your affected arm will be immobilized with a sling to promote proper healing of the collarbone. It’s important to attend all follow-up appointments throughout the healing process. Dr. Hicken will take x-ray images to ensure that the fracture is healing properly.
The average healing time for this type of injury is anywhere from 4-8 weeks. During this time, it’s important to keep your arm immobile and rest. This will help to speed up your recovery. Listen to your body. If you’re overexerting yourself and this is causing pain to your collarbone, you could hurt your recovery.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Hicken. He specializes in shoulder injuries and is here to get you back on the road to recovery. To schedule your appointment, give us a call at 435-787-2000.