Open Reduction and Internal Fixation of the Clavicle

Open Reduction and Internal Fixation of Clavicle Fracture



     Post op

Day 1-3


  •      Sling 3-6 weeks
  •      Passive & active assisted table slides - elevation up to 90º

                 - rotation as comfort

  •      Proprioception, scapula setting & axillary hygiene
  •      Neck, elbow, wrist & hand exercises
  •      No horizontal adduction/cross flexion

From 3 weeks

       Providing check x-ray satisfactory

  •      Weaning off sling for ADLs
  •      Progress ROM - gentle active ROM

                - begin hand across body movements

6 Weeks +

  •      Sling discontinued
  •      Push for full ROM
  •      Begin strengthening activities



Week 3

     Comfortable passive/active assisted up to 90º

Week 6

     Sling discarded, 75 º to full ROM

Week 12

     Full ROM, return to normal activity

Return to Functional Activities


Driving 3-6 weeks

Swimming 6 weeks

Contact Sports Once full ROM and strength achieved 3 months +

Lifting Light - 3-6 weeks

Heavy - 3 months +

Work Sedentary - 3 weeks

Manual - 3 months

Courtesy- NC/RC


Guidelines for post-operative physiotherapy listed here should be used as reference points and are best used in conjunction with individualised post operative instructions and titrated appropriately as per patient progress. This guideline is designed and used by physiotherapists at the Wrightington Hospital and The Arm Clinic.

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