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Broken left clavicle - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Bones, Muscles and Joints
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   how can i help you
User :   hello i have a question
Doctor :   please go ahead with
User :   i broke my left clavicle and is it absolutely imparative that i do not move it during the healing process?
Doctor :   yes ofcourse
Doctor :   when did u sustain in jury
Doctor :   how many weeks back
User :   saturday 2 days ago
Doctor :   Ice the injured shoulder for 15 minutes three times per day as needed to help reduce pain, swelling and inflammation
Doctor :   Keep your injured arm in a sling for 3 to 4 weeks postinjury to help support the clavicle as it heals
Doctor :   While using a sling, it's important to maintain proper bone and muscle alignment to avoid future problems. Try to focus on good shoulder position. Don't shrug, slouch or let your shoulders round while in the sling
Doctor :   u need to consult ur rehab specialist and orthopedician
Doctor :   i mean regular follow up is needed
User :   ok can i occasionally take it out of the sling and move it around a little?
Doctor :   nope, u need to strictly follow the instructions
Doctor :   as given by ur orthopedician
Doctor :   you bend forward at the waist and let your injured arm hang down toward the ground. Make small circles with your hand and let momentum move your arm around effortlessly
Doctor :   these exercises are best done under supervision
Doctor :   of rehab specialist
Doctor :   dont rush into these things
Doctor :   just go slow
Doctor :   take one step at the time
Doctor :   gradually ur should will bear the weight
Doctor :   u need to wait abit
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   are you there?

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