Clavicle ORIF Rehab Protocol

Keys to a Successful Outcome

  • Brace should be worn for the first 3 weeks at all times. 

  • No weight-bearing or shoulder ROM exercises should be done during the first 3 weeks.

  • Progressively begin to increase weight-bearing at 6 weeks, but remember to avoid any excessive loading.

Phase
Brace
ROM
WB
Exercises
Weeks 0-6*
Weeks 0-3: Worn at all times; Weeks 3-6: Discontinue use
Immediate PROM in supine position; AROM started @ 2 wks; No flexion above 90° until 4 wks
NWB
ROM exercises initially; Light resistance exercises can start around 4-6 wks
Weeks 6-12
None
FAROM
PWB
Full activities allowed once clinically and radiographically stable
Months 3-6
None
FAROM
WBAT
Full activities without restrictions
Months 6-9
None
FAROM
WBAT
Full activities without restrictions

 

*For Weeks 0-3: you may take off the brace for hygiene