Functional outcomes of conservatively treated clavicle fractures

Mohd Yazid Bajuri, S. Maidin, A. Rauf, M. Baharuddin, S. Harjeet

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OBJECTIVE: The main aim of the study was to analyze the outcomes of clavicle fractures in adults treated nonsurgically and to evaluate the clinical effects of displacement, fracture patterns, fracture location, fracture comminution, shortening and fracture union on shoulder function. METHODS: Seventy clavicle fractures were non-surgically treated in the Orthopedics Department at the Tuanku Jáafar General Hospital, a tertiary care hospital in Seremban, Malaysia, an average of six months after injury. The clavicle fractures were treated conservatively with an arm sling and a figure-eight splint for three weeks. No attempt was made to reduce displaced fractures, and the patients were allowed immediate free-shoulder mobilization, as tolerated. They were prospectively evaluated clinically and radiographically. Shoulder function was evaluated using the Constant scoring technique. RESULTS: There were statistically significant functional outcome impairments in non-surgically treated clavicle fractures that correlated with the fracture type (comminution), the fracture displacement (21 mm or more), shortening (15 mm or more) and the fracture union (malunion). CONCLUSION: This article reveals the need for surgical intervention to treat clavicle fractures and improve shoulder functional outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)635-639
Number of pages5
JournalClinics
Volume66
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Keywords

  • Clavicle
  • Conser vative surgical
  • Fracture
  • Functional

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Functional outcomes of conservatively treated clavicle fractures. / Bajuri, Mohd Yazid; Maidin, S.; Rauf, A.; Baharuddin, M.; Harjeet, S.

In: Clinics, Vol. 66, No. 4, 2011, p. 635-639.

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Bajuri, MY, Maidin, S, Rauf, A, Baharuddin, M & Harjeet, S 2011, 'Functional outcomes of conservatively treated clavicle fractures', Clinics, vol. 66, no. 4, pp. 635-639. https://doi.org/10.1590/S1807-59322011000400019
Bajuri, Mohd Yazid ; Maidin, S. ; Rauf, A. ; Baharuddin, M. ; Harjeet, S. / Functional outcomes of conservatively treated clavicle fractures. In: Clinics. 2011 ; Vol. 66, No. 4. pp. 635-639.
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