Health Tip: Healing a Broken Collarbone

(HealthDay News) -- Your collarbone, medically called the clavicle, is the bone near the shoulder that helps attach the arm to the body.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says here's what you can expect during recovery from a broken collarbone:

  • Wear a sling to keep the arm still for between three and four weeks for children, or as long as six to eight weeks for adults.
  • Take anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen or aspirin.
  • A large bump usually forms on the collarbone, but typically shrinks over time.
  • You'll have limited motion and function of the shoulder until the collarbone has healed.
  • Avoid sports and vigorous exercise until the fracture has healed. With your doctor's approval, you can begin gentle strengthening exercises once the area is no longer painful.