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Hi, New to the site and wondering if anybody could weigh in on a specific issue. Short version is I broke my medial clavicle next to the SC joint. Anybody have experience with managing this and outcome? It’s a rare injury and I’m not sure even my docs are giving ideal advice. I can give more info as needed. Thank you!
 

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I broke mine on the other end so have nothing specific on that. I saw and got advice from 3 different orthopedic surgeons before deciding what to do. I suggest getting 2nd/3rd opinions and try to get those from sports medicine specialists. In my experience, they better understand the importance of your activity and fitness so tailor their advice accordingly.
 

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That is an odd place to break a clavicle. Did you bruise ribs too?

I had a bad clavicle break in 2004, but mine was further out. What I had in common with you was indecision on the part of my Ortho. It spooked me too. I got a second opinion, and that doctor was also unsure whether I needed surgery!

I decided not to get the surgery (which is what both doctors recommended after thinking about it for a while), and today I'm glad I didn't. Interestingly, one of the doctors subsequently retired; and I ran into him many years later. He said that in today's practice, nobody would have hesitated to recommend surgery. Still glad I didn't have it.

I had a fairly long recovery, without side effects.

By the way get ready for this thread to be moved to Rider Down
 

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I don't know. Mine broke more in the middle, with the ends overlapping, and with no insurance at the time.... didn't have surgery. This was back in like '93. Recovery was freaking awful for me. Uncomfortable all the time, and that figure 8 sling became a mental torture device near the end. It took months to heal, and was super tender for a long time after healing. Sleeping on that side was impossible for years. It's doesn't still bother me now, thankfully.

In contrast, know several people who had the surgery to repair, with plates and screws, and they were back to normal much, much quicker than I was. I would opt to get it fixed if possible.
 
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