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How should you treat a broken collarbone?

A broken collarbone requires immediate medical attention, as there are several types of treatment that can help you make a fast and full recovery.

This injury can result from many circumstances, such as a slip and fall, fall from height or motor vehicle accident. Regardless of the cause, these are the types of treatment strategies your medical team will consider:

  • Medication: For example, your doctor may prescribe a pain reliever to help you during the days and weeks following your injury and/or surgery.
  • Immobilization: This is typically required, as you need to give your collarbone the time necessary to heal. On average, it takes between six and 12 weeks for an adult to heal from a broken collarbone. Your doctor can help fit you for a sling that promotes proper healing.
  • Physical therapy: It’s suggested to begin therapy during your recovery, as it can help prevent stiffness in your shoulder. After you’re done with your sling, you can then get involved with more intense physical therapy.
  • Surgery: It’s not always required for a broken collarbone, but in the most severe of cases, it’s necessary. For example, if the bone has broken into several pieces, a surgical procedure is typically required.

Even if you don’t require surgery, it’ll still take a minimum of six weeks to make a full recovery. So, if you suffered your injury on the job, you need to consider filing a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. This allows you to receive regular payments until your injury heals enough for you to return to your previous job responsibilities.

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