Clavicle Fracture

What Is Clavicle Fracture?

Clavicle Fracture: Understanding, Symptoms, and Treatment

A clavicle fracture, commonly known as a broken collarbone, is an injury to the bone that connects the arm to the rest of the body, known as the clavicle. These fractures frequently occur due to traumatic events such as a shoulder blow, falls, sports injuries, or motor vehicle accidents. While they are more common in young children and older adults who are more vulnerable to fractures, clavicle fractures can also affect newborns during the birthing process as they pass through the birth canal.

Symptoms of a Clavicle Fracture

A clavicle fracture can result in noticeable symptoms, including:

  • Forward and downward slumping of the shoulder
  • Audible snapping sound during the fracture
  • Immediate pain at the time of injury
  • Tenderness when touching the shoulder
  • Pain while attempting to move the arm
  • Bruising or swelling over the collarbone
  • A grinding sensation when trying to move the arm
  • Occasionally, the appearance of a bump or bulge on or near the shoulder.

Diagnosis of a Clavicle Fracture

Individuals who suspect a clavicle fracture should seek prompt medical attention. A medical professional will examine the shoulder to confirm the presence of a fracture, often using X-rays to assess the type and severity of the injury. In certain cases, a CT scan may be recommended to obtain more detailed images for accurate diagnosis.

Treatment of a Clavicle Fracture

The majority of clavicle fractures respond well to conservative treatments. These methods typically involve:

  • Immobilization using a sling
  • Pain and inflammation management with medications
  • Physical therapy post-initial healing to restore mobility and enhance muscle strength.

In more severe cases where the bone is significantly displaced or fragmented, surgical intervention may be necessary. Surgery aims to realign or reconstruct the bone, promoting proper healing. Our team at City Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine specializes in diagnosing and treating clavicle fractures, ensuring you receive the most appropriate care tailored to your specific condition.

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