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Broken Clavicle...

Posted by on Oct. 26, 2013 at 2:42 AM
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My 6 year old and his 8 year old brother were being boys and were in my oldest's bedroom playing power rangers. My kids come running out and my youngest is holding the area around his shoulder saying he hurt his shoulder when he fell off the bed. After dinner (which was done when he done this) DH and I took our oldest to his great granny's for the night and took our 6 year old to the ER. Sure enough, just as I had suspected, he broke his clavicle. Poor little guy. :(  The ER doctor put him in a figure 8 sling to keep his clavicle straight and immobolized. All well and good, since my 6 year old is SUPER HYPER...(hence the injury. Here I was thinking year 6 was going to be clear of infraction and malady. :/.) 

At discharge, the doctor told us to wait a couple of weeks before taking him to an orthopedist! Hello! I know enough about the skeletal system to know that if you have a broken bone to any extent you should see an Orthopedist ASAP, (which will be Monday since they have a walk-in office). I would MUCH rather have the Ortho tell me what's what rather than some family practitioner who doesn't specialise in this are. I want to make sure we're caring for this particular break properly since it's hard to completely immobilize the shoulder short of lashing his arm to his side. So anyway, I'm taking him Monday to the Ortho and making sure everything is ok, that he's not going to need surgery or anything. I HATE that my baby boy got hurt, but as the doctor told us tonight, "boys will be boys". 

Have any of you dealt with a broken clavicle before? If so, any advice is greatly welcomed and appreciated. 

please and thank you. (please excuse my sometimes lack of proper capitlization, my shift key is messing up again.) 

by on Oct. 26, 2013 at 2:42 AM
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callmemaybe
by on Oct. 26, 2013 at 3:15 AM

It won't hurt to see the specialist sooner rather than later, but the truth is, they don't really do anything to "treat" a broken clavicle. 

My oldest son fractured his when he was 3.  He wore a sling like you describe but healed super fast without any other treatment.

My youngest son (now age 15) broke his collarbone twice in the last year.  They gave him a sling and that was it.  Unless the bone is really shattered and severely broken, the doctors will not do anything else since the collarbone (clavicle) heals by itself and usually doesn't need surgery. 

Good luck!  Hope your son feels better soon!


Bieg9093
by on Oct. 26, 2013 at 12:18 PM

 What will it cost you, a $25 co-pay to take him sooner?  I'd take him.  A friend of mine has a collarbone heal badly.  You can see where a piece sticks out a bit and she sees stars every time a seatbelt catches her in the wrong place.

My boy was 8 when he broke his.  It was AWFUL!  ANY movement at all had him screaming in pain.  The only time he'd move was if he needed the bathroom.  And it was torture.  The second day, I went to the thrift shop and got this child-sized Laz-Y-Boy chair that I just happened to notice was there.  He spent the next 3 days and nights in it.  I was able to lift and tip the chair to help him when he needed to stand or sit.  He used every bit of tylenol with codeine that they gave us, plus finished up his codeine from the surgery he had the year prior. 

On day 5, the kid was fine.  A few months later, there wasn't even a bump left...no evidence it had ever been broken.

Best wishes for a very speedy recovery.

Bieg9093
by on Oct. 26, 2013 at 12:21 PM

 Now that I think of it, it may have been then that I dioscovered CafeMom for the first time.  I was pouring over the interwebz looking for something to tell me that it really is normal for it to be THAT painful and, if so, how long it would last.  Hmmm.

Heymamashakeit
by on Oct. 26, 2013 at 12:22 PM
The doc is nuts! Of course you should see an ortho like you said. Better to be safe than sorry!
ladyofnight
by on Oct. 26, 2013 at 6:26 PM
Thanks ladies. I really appreciate all the feedback. Poor guy. He has a very high pain tolerance, so yes not acting like he's in pain but he is being lazier than usual. His brother is waiting on him hand and foot though lol. It's so cute. He did tell him that he would get him good, watch TV, and read with him but he drew the line at butt wiping hahaha. He's been super supportive and attentive to him. He refuses to stay with his papaw Monday and insists in going to the ortho with us. No matter how bad they fight sometimes, they are best friends! :) I love my babies.
thatgirl70
by Carin on Oct. 26, 2013 at 8:45 PM

My husband when he was a teen, but I don't know what they did for him, I don't think there's much you can do except wear a sling.

ladyofnight
by on Oct. 26, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Poor little guy he woke up hurting. :(
AM-BRAT
by Amber on Oct. 27, 2013 at 12:49 AM
Yup. They do nothing unless it's extreme. If you must, seem them sooner.


Quoting callmemaybe:

It won't hurt to see the specialist sooner rather than later, but the truth is, they don't really do anything to "treat" a broken clavicle. 

My oldest son fractured his when he was 3.  He wore a sling like you describe but healed super fast without any other treatment.

My youngest son (now age 15) broke his collarbone twice in the last year.  They gave him a sling and that was it.  Unless the bone is really shattered and severely broken, the doctors will not do anything else since the collarbone (clavicle) heals by itself and usually doesn't need surgery. 

Good luck!  Hope your son feels better soon!



a_and_j_momma
by Platinum Member on Oct. 27, 2013 at 3:10 AM
I think it would be a good thing to see an orthopedist sooner rather than later
callmemaybe
by on Oct. 28, 2013 at 12:33 AM

Oh, and I should add that they also gave him heavy-duty painkillers (hydrocodone) but he only took one each night to sleep for the first few nights. He was in a fair amount of pain for a week each time.

Quoting AM-BRAT:

Yup. They do nothing unless it's extreme. If you must, seem them sooner.


Quoting callmemaybe:

It won't hurt to see the specialist sooner rather than later, but the truth is, they don't really do anything to "treat" a broken clavicle. 

My oldest son fractured his when he was 3.  He wore a sling like you describe but healed super fast without any other treatment.

My youngest son (now age 15) broke his collarbone twice in the last year.  They gave him a sling and that was it.  Unless the bone is really shattered and severely broken, the doctors will not do anything else since the collarbone (clavicle) heals by itself and usually doesn't need surgery. 

Good luck!  Hope your son feels better soon!




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