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how soon after breaking her collar bone can my 15 year old

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how soon after breaking her collar bone can my 15 year old daughter restart trampolining and horse riding?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Ken replied 3 years ago.
Hello,

I am Dr Ken and I will be helping you today.

Collar bone or clavicle connects arm to the body. Middle part is the most commonly fractured segment. A figure-of-eight wrap is usually used to support the arm and help keep it in position while it heals. If bones are displaced than a surgery is needed. This can be decided on physical evaluation and a x ray. The fracture generally heals in a month {with children healing is faster}. It may take long if there is associated diabetes or if surgery is needed. She may get back to her routine in around 3 months of time. However this will be decided by her doctor on examination and repeat x ray.

Wish her well.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

the doctor at fracture clinic took an xray at 11 days following fracture and said she could start riding at 8 weeks after break is that right? The doctor seen at 6 weeks after break said he didnt know , didnt take an xray but discharged her anyway. Is that right?


 

Expert:  Ken replied 3 years ago.
Hello Rosie,

It generally takes 6 weeks for a fracture to heal - provided there is no displacement of fragments/ there are no associated diseases like diabetes or infection. Horse riding gives significant jerks to the arm and so to the clavicle {as it attaches the arm to the body}. Even if the fracture is healed in 6 weeks If I were you i would avoid any jerks to the clavicle to prevent a re-fracture or displacement.

A repeat x ray is only needed if the doctor on examination feels that there is displacement or mal-alignment of the fracture. I am happy that nothing was found with her and so may be a repeat x ray not ordered.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

RE: "Even if the fracture is healed in 6 weeks If I were you i would avoid any jerks to the clavicle to prevent a re-fracture or displacement." how long would be reasonable to avoid potential jerks to the clavicle? She is really keen to recommence some of her out of school activities


Thanks

Expert:  Ken replied 3 years ago.
I do understand her eagerness. However I would not allow horse riding or trampolining for 3 months.

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