Collar bone - broken

We have examined you and have ascertained that you have a broken collar bone. Your arm has to be in a sling for 2-3 weeks. The fracture will be healed after 5-6 weeks.

About your visit

We have examined you and have ascertained that you have a broken collar bone. Your arm is now in a sling that you will have to wear for 2-3 weeks. It usually takes 3-6 weeks for the fracture to heal completely.

When you get home

You may be in pain

It is normal to feel pain in the area around your broken collar bone. You may also experience creaking and grating sensations when moving your arm. These sensations will go away with time. At night, you can try to ease the pain by placing pillows under your shoulder on the side of the fracture. This will elevate your shoulder, so it is at a higher level than the rest of your body. 

Call you general practitioner if the pain continues for more than eight weeks, or if after 3-4 weeks, in addition to the pain, you still find it difficult to move your arm.

Take pain-relieving medicine if you are in pain

You should take pain-relieving medicine if you are in pain. Pain-relieving medicine can be bought over the counter. Take only the amount of pain reliever recommended on the package. Contact your general practitioner if you need help managing the pain.  

Remove the sling when you go to bed and when washing

You can take the sling off at night and instead support your arm using a pillow. Remove the sling when you take a shower or bath. When undressing, it is a good idea to do the uninjured arm first. When dressing, it is better to do the injured arm first.

Move your fingers and forearm

The sling is meant to keep your arm immobile so the fracture can heal. However, you should move your fingers many times a day while wearing the sling. 

It is important to exercise your arm

Pain is normal. Exercise at a moderate pace, and do not continue an exercise if you have to force a movement or if you feel acute pain. Plan your exercises around times when your pain relievers are in full effect. 
Do exercises one and two below twice a day. Repeat each exercise five to ten times. 
After 14 days, do exercises three to five below at least four times a day. Preferably more. Repeat each exercise ten to fifteen times.

Exercise 1 

Slightly bend your upper body over a table or chair and support yourself with your healthy arm.

  • Let your other arm hang naturally down the side of your body.
  • Dangle your injured arm backwards and forwards, in front of you and in circles.
     
Picture illustrating how to do the exercise.

Exercise 2

Sit on a chair. 

  • Place your hands on your thighs. Lean forward as you let your hands glide down your legs to your feet.
  • Then move your hands back up your legs as you straighten yourself back up.
Picture illustrating how to do the exercise.

Exercise 3

You can sit or stand.

  • Cross your arms by letting the forearm of your injured arm rest on top of the healthy forearm.
  • Use the hand on your healthy arm to grip the elbow on your injured arm.
  • Use the healthy arm to move your arms up and down.  
     
Picture illustrating how to do the exercise.

Exercise 4

You can sit or stand.

  • Clasp your hands in front of you.
  • Bend your arms 90 degrees.
  • Lift your hands and arms upwards, as far as you can.
  • Lower your hands and arms again.
Picture illustrating how to do the exercise.

Exercise 5

Hold a broom with both hands while standing. Let your arms hang down and hold the broom horizontally. 

  • Use your arms to swing the broom from side to side.
Picture illustrating how to do the exercise.

You can see a video of the exercises on https://regionh.dk/oze or hold your smartphone camera over this QR code: 

Check-ups

We will determine whether you need to come to the hospital for a check-up or whether you should visit your general practitioner. If you need to visit the hospital for a check-up, we will notify you via digital or physical post, or we will call you with information regarding time and place. If you need to visit your general practitioner, you will have to contact the clinic yourself and schedule an appointment.

If your condition deteriorates before your check-up, do not wait, but contact your general practitioner. If your condition deteriorates acutely, dial 1813 for the medical helpline.

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