Closed reduction (sternoclavicular joint)

A closed reduction of your sternoclavicular joint is a way to set a dislocated collarbone without surgery.

Some collarbone dislocations may be able to be set without surgery. Your doctor will look at your collarbone and may take x-rays before determining if a closed reduction is the right choice for you.

You will be given pain medicine before your collarbone is set. The doctor will pull and move your arm to make the bones line up where they are supposed to go. Once the bones seem to be in the right place, you will have x-ray to confirm. You will be given a brace to keep the bones in position.

If the collarbone dislocation can’t be put back into place, if there are additional injuries, or if the collarbone comes out of position, surgery may be required.

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