Study: Surgery an Effective Treatment for Clavicle Injuries in NFL Players

Written by  Laura Dyrda | Wednesday, 06 October 2010 12:55
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In some situations, it may be reasonable to consider acute surgical treatment of clavicle injury for National Football League players to enable a return to the field, according to an article published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine.

Researchers examined NFL players who sustained a middle-third clavicle fracture with varying treatment options. Of the players who were treated surgically, 50 percent were treated successfully without sequela and healed at an average of 8.8 weeks.

Four of the seven players who were initially treated non-operatively re-fractured their clavicle within a one-year period from the initial injury and missed an average of 1.5 seasons because of the injury.

Researchers concluded that acute surgical treatment is a reasonable treatment option with a successful clinical outcome and a predictable time frame.

Read the abstract for "Evolving Management of Middle-Third Clavicle Fractures in the National Football League."

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