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Reduce the loss of health in clavicle fracture Trauma to any bone of the body is an frightening experience.

The clavicle bone is most delicate bone of the body and its rehabilitation requires special care. Also the results after the reunion are not satisfactory in many cases. The patient has to take great care to avoid stress on this body part for many years after the surgery. The most common patients for the fracture are the children (age < 10 yrs) snd old people (age>40). Majority of cases are results of motorcycle accidents, fall from high places, Judo throw injuries, and stress fracture while lifting weights. The common treatments for the clavicle fractures are splints, taping, use of internal fixation and open or closed reduction treatments. The immobilization period for these treatments is usually 3 to 6 weeks and later gentle exercises are prescribed for proper rehabilitation of the body. There is a lot of muscle wastage in the pictorial,l biceps and triceps muscles. A suitable rehabilitation program can give help to return the patient to normal life. The patient should walk as much as possible to improve the blood circulation and move the fingers of both the hands to improve circulation. Great care must be taken not to exercise the hand which is on the other side of the injury as this exercise will not be balanced and later there can be complications in the hands in the injured hand. After the physiotherapy sessions are over, very gradual loading of the hands should be done as the refracture at the injured spot can occur. Best is to consult a qualified personal trainer to strengthen the injured part of the body. Very mild exercises with kg weight of the shoulders of both hands are necessary for good rehabilitation plan. After 2 months pull over and shoulder shrugs may be necessary for further strengthening of the body part. The common side effect after the surgery is the pain of the injured clavicle bone in winter and rainy season. The weight bearing capacity of the injured clavicle bone is normally reduced as compared to prior the fracture. More or less a person can resume the normal lifestyle after the surgery with rehabilitation in 6-12 months of the injury. The rehabilitation period depends on the age and exercise history of the person. For people over 40 years age the rehabilitation may take up to 1 year and results may include significant loss in the weight lifting capacity of the person. Also active participation in the contact sports is not advised for a person with history of clavicle fracture. Refer to images 1 Clavicle fracture, image 2 splint to immobilize the fracture, image 3- open reduction by internal fixation, image 4- image after the treatment

Image 1 : Clavicle fracture

Image :2 Splint to immobilize the fracture

Image 3- open reduction by internal fixation

image 4- Xray after the treatment