How do you know if you have broken your collarbone?
Signs and symptoms of a broken collarbone include:
- Pain that increases with shoulder movement.
- A bulge on or near your shoulder.
- A grinding or crackling sound when you try to move your shoulder.
- Stiffness or inability to move your shoulder.
Can you move your arm with a broken collarbone?
A broken collarbone can be very painful and can make it hard to move your arm. Most clavicle fractures can be treated by wearing a sling to keep the arm and shoulder from moving while the bone heals. With some clavicle fractures, however, the pieces of bone move far out of place when the injury occurs.
How long does it take for a broken collarbone to stop hurting?
Treatment for a broken collarbone usually requires a sling or figure-of-eight splint to keep the area immobile for several weeks. In some cases, surgery may be required. Most clavicle fractures heal within 4 to 8 weeks. Physical therapy may help with rehabilitation.
Is the collarbone the worst bone to break?
The clavicle (collarbone) is one of the most fractured bones in the body. Symptoms of a broken collarbone include severe pain and swelling at the site of the fracture and with visible deformity in some cases.