4 Tips to Ease Swelling on CollarboneYou can have swelling on your collarbone or clavicle simply by sustaining a fracture to the collarbone or by overworking the bone so that the soft tissues around the bone become overworked.

The connective tissue and muscles surrounding the collarbone become swollen from overuse.  In either case, there are natural ways you can ease the swelling of your collarbone.

4 Tips to Ease Swelling on Collarbone

Here are some tips:

1. The Application of Ice

The application of ice should be the first thing you try to ease swelling on the collarbone.  An ice pack that you buy at the local drug store or pharmacy is a cheap way of doing this.  Just freeze it in the freezer and apply it to the swollen area for about thirty minutes at a time.

If you don’t have an ice pack, you should be able to make do with a bag of ice from the freezer or even by using a frozen sack of vegetables.

Make sure that you put a cloth or towel between the ice pack and the skin so that you don’t freeze the skin.  Ice is best applied within 48 hours after you have injured your collarbone.

2. Wearing a Clavicle Brace

Your doctor can prescribe a clavicle brace, which is sort of like a harness that you wear on your shoulder.  It makes use of padding that is positioned directly over the clavicle (collarbone) so that you can reduce the motion about the clavicle.  This effectively decreases the range of motion of the clavicle so that it is immobilized.

When you immobilize the clavicle, it is able to rest for a period of time so that you can allow the collarbone swelling to go down.  Once you have had a reduction in swelling, you can begin range of motion exercises of the shoulder so the shoulder doesn’t stiffen up from being immobilized.

3. Using Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Medications

You can use any type of over the counter pain reliever that also decreases the swelling of the collarbone.  Medications such as aspirin, as well as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) have the added advantage of decreasing collarbone inflammation while also decreasing the pain and swelling.

Over the counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen (marketed as Advil and Motrin) or naproxen sodium (marketed as Naprosyn and Aleve) can be used to decrease the swelling around the clavicle.

You can use ice and NSAID therapy at the same time to reduce the swelling.  Make sure to take these medications with food or milk so that you don’t irritate the stomach, causing indigestion or peptic ulcer disease from trying to take the medication on an empty stomach.

Always consult a doctor before taking any kind of medication.

4. Using a Sling

A simple forearm sling can be used to ease the swelling of the collarbone.  It is fit around the shoulder and holds the forearm still so you don’t use the shoulder as well.

When the shoulder and forearm have been immobilized, you will effectively decrease the range of motion about the joint so as to decrease the swelling of the attached clavicle.  Wear the brace when not sleeping so that you can reduce the swelling of the collarbone during the daytime hours.