Skip to content
Clavicle Healing
chilidavis10 posted:
I broke my left clavicle 5 weeks ago. Was told to use a sling and scheduled follow up appointment. The appointment was today. I have tried to eat right, take calcium/vitamin D, rest and not use. Today the Doctor says he does not see much healing. I'm a male age 55, and since the appointment I have been very anxious. To learn this was discouraging. My next appointment is in 4 weeks. Is the lack of healing a great concern or will it just take additional time? I'm looking for any information that might relieve my anxiety. Thank you
bonebabe responded:
How'd you break it? If it was a nonviolent fracture, your doctor should order a DXA for you.

The clavicle is in an awkward place to heal. It's almost impossible not to move it. When the doctor says he doesn't see "much" healing, what does he mean? Is it healing? If so, that's OK. It'll just take longer. If it's not healing, why does he think that is?

You probably don't want to hear this, but....when we're older, our bones take longer to heal. It's not like when we're young and our bones are growing rapidly. The rate of growth and turnover is slower.

Too, you may not have built your bone up to its peak capacity during your bone forming years and now it's struggling to heal. Bone does heal eventually, the rate of healing varies upon the individual's personal health.

Take your calcium. You need to do that every day for the rest of your life. Also the Vitamin D. You need 500 mg of calcium twice a day. A calcium supplement with D would work well. It's best absorbed with food so take it at lunch and supper for best absorption. Not breakfast.

Helpful Tips

Choosing a safe calcium supplementExpert
Calcium supplements prepared from unrefined oyster shell, bone meal or dolomite may contain lead or other toxic metals. Choose supplements ... More
Was this Helpful?
35 of 47 found this helpful

Related Drug Reviews

  • Drug Name User Reviews

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For more information, visit the National Osteoporosis Foundation website