Fractured Clavicle (Collarbone)

Your child has a fractured (broken) clavicle. The clavicle is the collarbone.

Fractured Clavicle (Collarbone)
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Your child will need a sling

For the bone to heal, your child will need to wear a sling. The sling helps to keep your child's arm and collarbone still so the bone can heal.

Your child may need to wear the sling for about 2 to 3 weeks.  

Healing after the sling is worn

After 10 to 14 days of wearing the sling, the fracture will stabilize and have new bone growth at the injury site. Your child may feel a bump on the collarbone. This is normal; it means that the fracture has healed. The bump will get smaller over the next year, but it may not disappear completely.

Avoid contact sports

Your child should avoid high-impact contact sports for a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks after the sling comes off (unless you are told otherwise).

If you have any concerns, contact your family doctor or the Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) at the fracture clinic.

Key points

  • Your child needs to wear a sling for a fractured clavicle.
  • The clavicle is the collarbone.
  • The fracture will begin to heal after 10 to 14 days.
  • You child will need to avoid high-impact activities for a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks after he stops wearing the sling.

Preeti Grewal, RN, MN, APN

William Cole, MBBS, MSc, PhD, FRACS, FRCSC

11/6/2009




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