Clavicle Fracture

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


  • 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 15-20 minutes, 03-04 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.


  • 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.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch this condition.

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