Broken Collarbone Treatment

Medically Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler, MD on January 26, 2020

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.

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.