What is the role of physical therapy in the treatment of clavicle fractures?

Updated: Jan 14, 2019
  • Author: Benjamin P Kleinhenz, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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Once the fracture pain begins to subside and the patient is weaning off pain medications, begin range-of-motion exercises with the shoulder and elbow out of the sling to prevent stiffening of these joints. Exercises should be performed within the limits of comfort.

As pain continues to improve, isometric exercises of the shoulder girdle and arm musculature can begin. These can be performed under the supervision of a physical therapist or by the patient on his or her own, with an instructional handout for guidance.

As fracture healing progresses, based on clinical and radiographic examination findings, isotonic exercises can begin using light weights or elastic bands for resistance.


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