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Broken Collarbone advice for a kid - September 24, 2015, 08:52 AM

Hi All,

This place is always good for info so I thought I'd at least ask. My friend's son slipped on a mossy rock and broke his collarbone. He's 12, I believe.

The doctor had him in a sling and it's been about 6 weeks. This is the X-ray and the Dr. and Ortho say it looks good.

His shoulder is an inch short now! Comments? Advice?

I would think they would want to pin that shiz...
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September 24, 2015, 09:02 AM

Might be time for a second opinion.

Town Center Orthopedics and Commonwealth Orthopedics, both in Reston Hospital have put me back together many times over the last 25 years.
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September 24, 2015, 09:14 AM

I brom mine around the same age(13) mine was similarly displaced and they put me in the x brace and sling and let the bone grow back together. I now have a pretty big lump there. My parents questioned the doc for the same thing. The explanation I remember them getting was because of growth plates or something along those lines where if they plated it (didn't ask about pinning) it would not heal correctly because of how fast teenagers and kids tend to grow.

It never hurts to get a second opinion either way.
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September 24, 2015, 10:15 AM

You'd think that there would be a brace available for separation as well as a sling for support. Six weeks is a lot of water under the bridge of healing time for a 12 year old, who heals quickly. I remember as a kid that when my broken wrist was healing in a cast, my doctor took a follow-up X-ray. Then he cut off the cast, and without telling me what he was going to do grabbed it with both hands and re-broke that sucker. Son of a bitch! That's old school for you. Yes, get a second opinion, just to be sure.
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September 24, 2015, 10:26 AM

No. That doesn't look right. Not at all.
While young kids still have plenty of space between growth plates, the clavicle is one of those areas that you don't want to gamble with. Kid would walk around for the rest of his life with the Thriller Zombie shoulder lean.




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September 24, 2015, 04:09 PM

Broke mine at 18 - they overlapped it in an x-brace, with the explanation that the bone would lengthen as it healed. They were correct, and my shoulder sits where it is supposed to today. They claimed the lump would disappear within a few years, but it's still as prominent as ever 12 years later.

Also note that the break is on a diagonal and that it's not nearly as overlapped as it appears.

I was swimming on mine again 6 weeks later (10k yards first day back in the pool just for good measure). I no longer allow doctors to tell me that I can do anything that pain doesn't stop me from doing. The collarbone was fine, but I rapidly tore up the CS joint.


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September 24, 2015, 06:52 PM

12? Come out of pocket and plate. I don't know why doctors feel like it's ok to allow them to grow back all fucked up. Nearly anyone who has had a serious break like a floater almost always tears up their shoulder later on. You have to compensate for the way you lift things, etc.

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September 25, 2015, 02:44 PM

Step 1: give that kid a high five.

Step 2: go get another opinion.
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