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Broken Collarbone (cont.)

Broken Collarbone Prognosis

Many young athletes are able to resume playing their sport within 6 to 8 weeks of the initial injury.

  • Occasionally a bony prominence lasts in the area of the original break.
  • The most common complication is failure of the bone to heal properly, but this is rare.
  • Pain lasting after 6 to 8 weeks should prompt a visit to a doctor (preferably an orthopedist) to check on the progress of the healing bone.
  • In general, older people take longer to heal than younger people, and still may not be completely healed as long as 12 weeks after the original injury.
  • Patients that require surgery usually do well, but complications of infection, non-union of bone, neurologic problems, and joint problems may occur.

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