healing time for a lateral clavicular growth plate fracture (nondisplaced)
by Jack Freidel, M. D.
A 16 y/o sustained a lateral clavicular growth plate fracture while playing school football 5 weeks ago. The fracture was diagnosed by MRI. There is no AC or tendon tears. The athlete still has slight pain at the fracture site, with decreased ability to move his arm backward in the passing position. The player is able to lift weights and run without pain. How long should this player remain out of contact practice and game play?