|ClaviBrace goes to the Olympics
James Tune would probably not have made the Olympics without a ClaviBrace®.
With a double fracture after a freak mountain bike accident with a tree, the retail consultant felt sufficiently protected to venture into the Stratford crowds and use his ticket for the swimming at London 2012 - with a good friend to shield him.
With his left collarbone in three pieces and his right side a so-called 'rugby fracture', he, like most others, had left hospital with two standard gauze slings which increasing put painful pressure on his neck.
He made his date with the altar three days later, and his physio aunt made him another important date soon afterwards - to have a ClaviBrace® fitted.
"It really helped me out. Initially it felt a bit sore but that all went in about 15 minutes. It was a massive relief to have the brace on with the two slings. It felt solid and secure."
Surgery - with a difference
When Richard Walsh’s doctors heard about his broken collarbone, they seized on the chance to treat him at their surgery by fitting a ClaviBrace®.
Their patient had been the victim of a hit and run accident when out for a routine cycle ride, waking up in hospital with no memory of what had happened but nursing a potential bleed in his skull, cuts and bruises and a painful fracture.
‘My doctors rarely see a fresh collarbone fracture and were keen to see how ClaviBrace® could help. I wore it 24/7 for three weeks and then went to them every week for minor adjustments.
“Clinically I think it’s very good, I have been very comfortable in it, and eight weeks in, I have got full function in my shoulder.
“Like most people I knew little of collarbone fracture treatments before I did this, and have been I amazed that there is really nothing between a thin piece of gauze round the neck and invasive surgery.”
When my son Nathan fractured his left clavicle in a mountain biking accident, we were so disappointed in his emergency room treatment that we immediately began researching alternate treatment methods. We quickly decided that the invasiveness of surgery was not the option we wanted to pursue, especially bearing in mind the implications of longer term recovery and possible second surgery to remove the hardware from his body.
We were so excited when we found the ClaviBrace as the perfect non-surgical option for Nathan's clavicle fracture treatment. The ClaviBrace provided the comfort and support he needed to open his fracture site, reducing the pain and discomfort and accelerating his recovery. So much so, our orthopedic physician said his fracture healed more than a month faster than he had seen in similar patients. We’re so thankful to have found the ClaviBrace and have recommended it to friends and family who had the misfortune of experiencing their own clavicle fractures. I highly recommend the ClaviBrace for those wishing to avoid a surgical option.
Michael Smith, Olympia, Washington USA
Nathan Smith, Olympia Washington USA
When I broke my collarbone skiing in Italy it was not only excruciatingly painful but apparently inoperable!
I’m 22yrs old, a physically fit person and had never broken my collarbone before. I had a bad fall on the slopes and was taken to hospital where they fixed me up with a figure of eight brace. I was in excruciating pain and had to sleep the last night in Italy before flying home. The hospital brace cut into my shoulders and pressed against my broken bone. It was agony!!! I was unable to get myself out of bed and dress myself and was completely dependent on my friends to physically support me as I could barely move.
Once I landed back in the UK, I had heard about Clavibrace and wanted to purchase one ASAP. The brace was fitted onto me within two days and the pain relief was so instant it was unbelievable! Clavibrace supported me in such a comfortable way. I couldn’t feel the bone crunching - unlike before. I was able to move properly, sleep and shortly go back to work. A few weeks later I went back to hospital for a CT scan and they were able to give me the all clear as the scan showed a perfect union. Before I tried Clavibrace, my first CT scan showed that my collarbonewas broken at the sternum end - a medial third fracture - which - I’m told – is very rare and inoperable.
I felt safe in the brace and my mind was put to rest. The consultant was right when he said “the brace was my best chance” because of where the fracture was. I can’t imagine going through the past few weeks without Clavibrace.
I broke my collarbone out hunting when my horse fell, and was back on a horse and hunting hounds again three weeks later. The hospital said I needed an operation to fix it, but it was in the middle of the hunting season and, as1st whip with the Belvoir Hunt; I didn't want to take time off.
As soon as ClaviBrace was fitted, I felt a lot more comfortable and the pain went away soon after. Although I couldn’t ride, the brace gave me confidence around the yard and horses and to get about more easily. After a week I was able to follow the hunt in the Land Rover and didn’t need to take pain killers.
Even though the consultant told me that my fracture was serious (5mm displacement and button-holed), and surgery was my best option. I kept on with the brace. My final X-ray at three weeks showed the collarbone had formed new bone and had healed nicely to its original length without surgery. Great result, thanks.
Chris - 1st Whip with Belvoir Hunt