Local doctor weighs in on collarbone injuries

Local doctor weighs in on collarbone injuries

Dr. Chad Zehms has never treated Aaron Rodgers, but the Prevea Sports Medicine Orthopedist has worked with many athletes suffering similar types of injuries.
ALLOUEZ, Wis. (WFRV) - Unfortunately, collarbone injuries are all too common in athletes. Obviously, a fracture is bad news for anyone, especially an NFL quarterback.

Dr. Chad Zehms has never treated Aaron Rodgers, but the Prevea Sports Medicine Orthopedist has worked with many athletes suffering similar types of injuries.

"It just starts with a physical exam, getting a real good look at the shoulder," Dr.Zehms explained. "How much swelling there is, if there's any deformities to the shoulder from the injury. Then x-rays would be the next step to look and see if there are any fractures or any other injuries. Finally, an MRI would be very helpful to look at the soft tissues around the shoulder in addition to the bones to see if there's an injury or something else that may affect the function of the shoulder."

Dr. Zehms said a timetable for recovery depends on the severity of the injury and can range anywhere from two to eight weeks.

Since early reports indicate Rodgers will not need to undergo surgery, and the quarterback was seen back on the sidelines Monday night without a sling or brace on his left shoulder, Dr. Zehms believes Rodgers will likely be out sometime between three and four weeks.

"Certainly, if you return to play too quickly on an injured shoulder, you have a higher risk of re-injury," he added. "But once a shoulder is healed, you're really at no higher risk than anybody else to have that same injury."

Dr. Zehms said there are no specific treatments for collarbone fractures that don't require surgery. Patients just have to wait it out and let it heal.

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