Figure 8 Clavicle Support Brace
The collarbone is one of the most commonly broken or fractured bones in the body. This injury is typically seen among younger children or people who spend a lot of time playing high contact sports. A broken collarbone can be caused by trauma such as car crashes, severe falls, or sports injuries.
The straps of this collarbone brace are fairly wide, making it a great solution for clavicle injuries. Narrower versions are not recommended for such injuries. The figure 8 brace helps to keep the collarbone area immobilized by wrapping around both shoulders and the neck to hold the shoulders back and up. These wide straps may feel uncomfortable at first, but it will give you the appropriate level of stabilization that is needed.
This figure 8 brace keeps both shoulders back and stabilizes them rather than a sling which generally just keeps one side stabilized. You can also have full mobility of your hands when wearing a figure 8 brace versus a sling.
We recommend consulting with a doctor to determine the severity of your injury and to see how long you should be wearing the brace. You should wear the sling at all times until there is no further pain when you are moving. Most clavicle fractures heal within 4-8 weeks.
If your injury is a simple break that does not require any realignment of the bone or fragmentation, simply immobilizing the region via a clavicle brace may suffice for allowing the bone to heal. In more serious breaks where the bone must be reset, surgery may be necessary. Afterward, this clavicle fracture brace may again hold the shoulder still so that the collarbone can properly heal. In either a serious or more minor break, ice can help ease any discomfort or swelling. Also, physical therapy will likely be needed to restore the shoulder to its pre-injury level of function. See more shoulder and arm supports.
Dislocated Collarbone Recovery Treatment
The broken clavicle treatment brace has a number of features that make it comfortable to wear. The straps are shielded from the body with wide padding and a felt-covered back pad where the straps merge. Breathable, knitted stockinette covers the felt of this figure 8 clavicle splint.
The shoulder brace will fit easily beneath over or over your clothing whichever you may prefer.
This support will fit a wide variety of chest circumferences, ranging from 20 inches to 48 inches. For even smaller sizes, one can check out the child’s version of the support. Also in the interests of making this posture and clavicle support splint accessible to everyone, the brace is free of latex, as some are allergic to this material.
This brace also has a secondary purpose as it can also help to correct your posture by pulling your shoulders back into a proper position. If you are looking specifically for a posture corrector brace, check out this posture brace. It is designed more specifically to act as a posture trainer rather than a clavicle brace. Wearing a brace that loops around the shoulders and crosses at the back can help you to maintain good posture. It does so by retraining the muscles of the back to hold it in an upright, non-slouched position.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do you need to wear your clavicle brace?
First, consult with your doctor to determine the severity of your injury and to see how long you should be wearing the brace. You should wear the brace at all times until there is no further pain when you are moving. Most clavicle fractures heal within 4-8 weeks.
How do I know which size to get?
Using a fabric or flexible tape measure, find the circumference around your chest at the bottom of your sternum. This brace is available in sizes XS-XL and fits circumferences 20”-48”. Refer to the sizing chart to determine which size you need.
How do I adjust the brace to make it smaller or bigger?
To adjust the fit, undo the Velcro closures and pull the straps tighter until a desired level of support is reached. You may need assistance to adjust the brace.
How do I put on the brace?
Unfold the brace and lay it flat to identify the left and right straps. Undo the Velcro closures on the ends of the straps. Feed the end of the right strap through the right side of the plastic triangle buckle and attach the closure. Repeat with left strap. The brace should now be in a “figure 8” shape. Slip the brace on like you would put on a backpack. The triangle buckle should point down once the brace is on your back. You should feel your shoulders being gently pulled back. If you experience any pain or discomfort, adjust the brace by loosening the straps.
Can I wash the brace?
Yes, this brace is washable. Make sure to close all Velcro closures and hand wash in cold water with mild soap. The brace should be air-dried, do not use high temperatures to wash or dry.
Can this be used as a posture brace?
Yes, it can also be used to help to correct your posture by pulling your shoulders back into a proper position. But if you are looking specifically for a posture corrector brace, check out this posture brace. It is designed more specifically to act as a posture trainer rather than a clavicle brace.
|XS||20" - 24"|
|S||24" - 30"|
|M||30" - 36"|
|L||36" - 42"|
|XL||42" - 48"|
|Measurement point: Measure the circumference of your chest at the bottom of your sternum.|