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    How long does it take to recover from a collarbone fracture?
    Clavicle fractures should heal completely within 12 weeks, but the pain usually subsides within a few weeks. Often patients are back to full activities before 12 weeks has passed, especially with younger patients.

    As a general guide to return to activities, nothing should cause worsening pain. If not wearing a sling causes pain, wear a sling. If driving hurts the fracture site, don't drive. If throwing a ball hurts, don't throw. Once an activity doesn't cause significant pain, a gradual return can be attempted.

    Recovery is usually complete, with a full return expected. Patients may notice a persistent bump where the fracture was (often for months or longer), but this should not be bothersome.

    Last edited by Curlyben; Oct 23, 2006 at 02:57 PM.
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    Oct 23, 2006, 02:56 PM

    Well, I guess you answered your own question?! :rolleyes:

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