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Most broken clavicles heal well without surgery. A simple arm sling can immobilize the arm. A child will probably have to wear the sling for 2 to 3 weeks; an adult for up to 6 weeks.

Pain is often managed with analgesics such as paracetamol or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (aspirin or ibuprofen).

A large bump will develop as part of the healing process. This usually disappears over time, however a small bump may remain.

Severe breaks with displacement or shortening may require open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF).

Shoulder function and range of movement generally returns to normal with time. Persistent limitation can occur when fractures are widely displaced (the parts of the broken bones are widely separated).


Range of motion and strengthening exercises can begin as soon as the pain subsides. Sports activities should not be started until full shoulder strength returns.

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