Clavicle Fracture

A clavicle fracture is a broken clavicle (collarbone). The clavicle connects the chest to the shoulder. Most broken clavicles are treated with an arm sling.

HOME CARE

  • Put ice on the injured area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between the skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day. Do this for the first 2 days.

  • Wear the sling or splint for as long as told by your doctor. You may remove the sling or splint for bathing or showering. Keep the shoulder in the same place as when the sling or splint is on. Do not lift the arm.

  • Allow enough room to place the index finger between the body and strap of the splint. Loosen the splint right away if you lose feeling (numbness) or have tingling in the hands.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Avoid activities that increase pain for 4 to 6 weeks, or as told by your doctor.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • There is pain and puffiness (swelling) that is not helped with medicine.

  • The arm is numb, cold, or pale, even when the sling or splint is loose.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch this condition.

  • Will get help right away if you or your child is not doing well or gets worse.