At first, while your collarbone is healing, you will need to wear a sling or wrap (called figure of 8 bandage). This will:
- Keep your collarbone in the right position to heal
- Keep you from moving your arm, which would be painful
Once you can move your arm without pain, you can start gentle exercises to increase the strength and movement in your arm. At this point, you will be able to wear your sling less.
When you restart an activity after a broken collarbone, build up slowly. If your arm, shoulder, or collarbone begins to hurt, stop and rest.
Most people are advised to avoid contact sports for a month after their collarbones have healed.
Do not place rings on your fingers until your provider tells you it is safe to do so.