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    Broken Collarbone Treatment

    Call 911 if:

    • The person is experiencing tingling.
    • There is numbness or weakness in the hand or arm.
    • The injury is near the sternum and the person is having shortness of breath or difficulty swallowing.

    • The person is experiencing tingling.
    • There is numbness or weakness in the hand or arm.
    • The injury is near the sternum and the person is having shortness of breath or difficulty swallowing.

    1. Get Medical Help Immediately

    • Get the person to a hospital emergency room or to a health care provider.

    2. Immobilize the Arm

    • Avoid moving the affected arm.
    • Hold the arm close to the body with the other arm or a sling with the hand raised higher than the elbow.

    3. Reduce Pain and Swelling

    • Apply ice for pain and swelling.

    4. Follow Up

    • The health care provider may put the arm in a sling to immobilize it and apply a figure eight strap to help maintain shoulder position. Surgery is rarely required.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on January 23, 2016

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