What is the treatment for a clavicle fracture?
When a clavicle fracture does not result in bone displacement, conservative therapies may be sufficient in alleviating symptoms during the healing process. The shoulder will be immobilized with the clavicle in the correct anatomical position. Pain and inflammation can be controlled with a combination of rest, ice, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs). When appropriate, Dr. Provencher will prescribe a physical rehabilitation program focused on increasing motion and strengthening the shoulder girdle.
Surgical intervention is usually necessary for patients that experience a dislocated clavicle, bone displacement, a clavicle fracture that breaks through the skin, or in the event of failed conservative therapy. A clavicle fracture is surgically repaired using special plates, pins, and/or screws to realign the bone fragments into the correct anatomical configuration.