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Well, it's just over 2 weeks now and yesterday I largely removed my sling. The shoulder is pretty stiff and when I move it in certain directions (slowly) I can feel it "pulling" where the break is - enough discomfort to stop me pushing my luck. But I could at least use it very lightly which was cool. It is pretty stiff this morning though so I think I need to keep taking it easy.



For those of you that have had similar breaks, does that sound about right as far as recovery goes? Anything in particular I need to watch out for that might slow/reverse my recovery?


Did you end up getting it plated?

If no plate it should still be sore as **** but a bit better than it was and the pulling is absolutely normal.

If plated will still be a pulling but the pain should be very little.
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Did you end up getting it plated?

If no plate it should still be sore as **** but a bit better than it was and the pulling is absolutely normal.

If plated will still be a pulling but the pain should be very little.
Nope, no plate - "conservative treatment" is what the Ortho said.

By the end of yesterday it was bloody sore as I think the muscles that had been working all day to "protect" the break were tired. But this morning it is considerably better and I have a lot more movement in my shoulder without it hurting the breaks.

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Nope, no plate - "conservative treatment" is what the Ortho said.



By the end of yesterday it was bloody sore as I think the muscles that had been working all day to "protect" the break were tired. But this morning it is considerably better and I have a lot more movement in my shoulder without it hurting the breaks.



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I'd be keeping it really light. I couldn't even sit up and get off the couch at 2 weeks without help.
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Well, it's been 4 weeks today since I broke the bone and over the last few days there has been a remarkable improvement in the stability of the bone - much less discomfort and I have a much better range of motion in the arm now. I had an X-ray on Wednesday and it looked very similar to the one 2 weeks ago - the report says no signs of union or calcification, but I understand that I should only expect that around week 5 or 6 anyway, so no need to stress. Looks and feels like I'm going to have a pretty mean hump due to the displacement of the bones From what I understand the bone will remodel over the next few months and maybe that won't be as big, but I suspect I will have a bump there from now on.

Now, the Ortho said there would be no need for physio and that I will be able to get almost full movement back as the bone heals... has anyone else that has broken a collarbone needed physio? If so, any tips on what exercises/stretches work best so I can do them myself?
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Funny thing as you get older you notice a different approach from the Drs. I didn't have physic for a collarbone break like yours. I remember a big bruise coming down my chest from bone bleeding. You should be able to get a referral to see a physio if you want, it's a bit of a business they will take your money no problems
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If so, any tips on what exercises/stretches work best so I can do them myself?
go swimming in a heated pool .... Hydrotherapy is a good thing

start with the safety step, by the time you can dive in you should be good to go riding ...
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Well, it's just under 9 weeks since I broke the collarbone now, and I had X-rays done this morning. The shoulder has been fairly stable, but just over a week ago I did accidentally put weight on my right arm to sit on the ground and hurt the collarbone. There has been occassional aching of the bone, so I already knew it wasn't healed yet, but I was hoping the X-ray would show some decent progress.

Findings per the report:
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Previously noted comminuted displaced fracture involving the mid third of the clavicle is again demonstrated largely unchanged since the previous examination. There is some mild callus formation although the fracture line remains clearly visible.




I must admit, I was hoping for more progress. I guess I am at least healing, but it seems to be going very slowly. I will have to research more to see whether this is "normal" or not though. Any experience out there?
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My son at age12 turning 13 came off and busted his collar bone ( clean break )
Went to the Austin and they sent him home in a sling with a , let's see how it goes.
3 weeks later he was still in pain so back to the Austin and X-ray showed a 4 cm overlap with no beginning of fusing.
They referred on to a ortho specialist and when he saw the X-ray he got the little fella booked in for surgery that day.
My boy had a 8cm titanium rod inserted and bingo the next day he was moving with no pain killers or panodol. Yes he wore a sling for 3 weeks but without the surgery his shoulder would of been 4 cm shorter than the other.
Every brake is different and same as opinions from doctors. What's right and what's wrong , who knows, but he is back riding the motorbike,playing football doing stuff.
Every now and then he feels that is weird, but no matter what and which ever way it healed it would of felt different.
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But good luck and if you need a surgeon I can let you know who done it for our boy.He does work also on AFL players.
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I just spoke with another Ortho and he reckons that I'm probably not going to improve much from here. The numbness I get in my arm/hand is most likely as a result of me holding my arm close to my body to stabilise it, and that'll also explain why my muscles under my shoulder blade are so knotted up and so sore. When I concentrate on relaxing my shoulder I can feel it pulling on the site of the break.

He reckons that if I am going to ride bikes again I would be best served having the bone plated, then once it is healed have the plate removed. He also reckons that I can be back at work within 2 days of having the surgery to plate it, and that the surgery to remove the plate down the line is "Micky Mouse" surgery.

Decisions decisions.
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He reckons that if I am going to ride bikes again I would be best served having the bone plated, then once it is healed have the plate removed. He also reckons that I can be back at work within 2 days of having the surgery to plate it, and that the surgery to remove the plate down the line is "Micky Mouse" surgery.

Decisions decisions.
I do recall some dumb-ass mechanic giving you identical advice to this straight after the crash...that thing isn't healing well/straight enough to be fully functional for riding IMO. I may be a dopey old near-pensioner but I reckon I've seen as many moto-crash x-rays as any doctor...
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