Recovery advice

You may find the following advice helpful while recovering from a broken collarbone:

  • use extra pillows at night to keep yourself more upright if you find sleeping uncomfortable
  • use ice packs and painkillers if pain and swelling continues while your arm is in a sling
  • try to move your elbow, hand and fingers regularly as soon as it's comfortable to do so
  • whenyou think the fracture has started to heal, try removing the sling for short periods at a time if it's not too painful
  • avoid contact sports for at least 10 to 12 weeks after the injury your doctor will tell you when you can go back to work and resume normal activities

It's important to let your arm hang freely. Avoid resting your armsand elbows on chairs, tables, pillows or inside the sleeves of clothes until you've healed.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018