I broke my collar bone (clavicle) on May 26th while rollerblading in Colorado. I went to the ER and was initially given a sling to wear. I then went to see an orthopedic surgeon 4 or 5 days later and have been wearing a clavicle strap per the doctor's orders since that day. In the last week or so, I have noticed when I take the clavicle strap off for a few hours to wash it that I am really much more comfortable without it. It hurts more at this point to wear it! I am wondering if I really need to wear the clavicle strap for the full 6 weeks as recommended by the doctor. Are there others out there on this board who have experienced breaking the clavicle and wearing, or not wearing, the clavicle strap for the 6 week period?
My next appointment with the doctor is this Thursday. By the way, I am 43 years old.
Thanks in advance for anyone kind enough to respond!