Collarbone Recovery Time

It has been just over 3 weeks since I broke my collarbone and I have to say I finally feel like I am getting better. I asked around when I broke it to see what other people’s experiences were with recovery. Many people said they broke it when they were young so they don’t remember and one person could give me input due to a recent break. I thought it would be helpful to keep track of my experience if anyone asks me in the future. To remind you here was the result of my inability to stop a kids Razor Scooter…

IMG_7912I actually heard  the bone crack but luckily I didn’t realize I at the time! Here is how my recovery has gone so far.

  • Day 1 – Total shock and couldn’t move arm at all. I was prescribed Norco for the pain and I gladly took it.
  • Day 2-3 – Laid in bed or sat on couch. Used Norco with Advil. Still had very limited movement but I was able to take a shower and get dressed (with some help, thank you Stuart). Wore a sling to immobilize as much as possible.
  • Day 4-5 – Feeling antsy and wanting to get out so I tried to walk around my neighborhood. Only made it half a block. The bones were still popping and shifting.
  • Day 6-8 – Finally able to get out and walk a bit further. Popping and shift bones was getting better. Trying to manage with just Advil during the day and Norco at night, but some days I had to take the Norco in the evening.
  • Week 2 – Finally driving very little. Worked from home all week and still had to take one more sick day. Managing with Norco at night and Advil during the day. Walked on teh treadmill a couple times. Pain migrated to the top of my shoulder and the shoulder blade.
  • Week 3 – Made it into the office two days (my commute is 2.5-3 hours round trip). Weened self off Norco at night by end of third week and felt instantly much better! Walking on the treadmill for 45-min to 1 hour. Sat on my road bike (on a trainer) for the first time and could reach the shifters and shift the bike.

If you break your collarbone, just plan on doing NOTHING for the first two weeks. The more you can rest and stay still, the better you feel. I will update as time goes on…

** I am not a doctor and I don’t play one on TV. This is just my experience so far.


  1. I’m happy to hear you’re getting better and able to move around more. Sounds like I never want to break a collarbone! Amazing how getting off Norco has an immediate effect, huh?

  2. I’m so glad you are healing up and able to get some endorphins flowing 🙂 My dad broke his collarbone and didn’t rest enough in the first few weeks. As a result, it didn’t heal up properly, so kudos to you for properly resting!!

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