Clavicle Fracture


Trauma to the shoulder is common. Injuries range from a separated shoulder resulting from a fall onto the shoulder to a high-speed car accident that fractures the shoulder blade (scapula) or collarbone (clavicle). One thing is certain: everyone injures his or her shoulder at some point in life. Fractures are broken bones. Fractures commonly involve the clavicle (collarbone), proximal humerus (top of the upper arm bone), and scapula (shoulder blade).


Signs and Symptoms

  • Pain.
  • Swelling and bruising.
  • Inability to move the shoulder.
  • A grinding sensation.
  • Swelling in the collarbone area.
  • Range of motion is limited.


Treatment Options

Most clavicle fractures can be treated without surgery. Surgery is necessary when there is a compound fracture that has broken through the skin or the bone is severely out of place. Surgery typically involves fixing the fracture with plates and screws or rods inside the bone, and sometimes even less invasive techniques using arthroscopy to help.

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