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Dr. Daniel Ivankovich
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Clavicle Fracture (Overview)

The clavicle is the bone that connects the scapula to the sternum. A fracture (also known as a "break") can occur from a direct blow to the shoulder. The treatment ranges from non-operative treatment in a sling to open treatment with metallic implants. An orthopaedic surgeon can provide more answers. For more detail, please see http://orthoinfo.Aaos.Org/topic.Cfm?Topic=a00072.


Dr. Daniel Ivankovich
103 doctors shared insights

Clavicle Fracture (Overview)

The clavicle is the bone that connects the scapula to the sternum. A fracture (also known as a "break") can occur from a direct blow to the shoulder. The treatment ranges from non-operative treatment in a sling to open treatment with metallic implants. An orthopaedic surgeon can provide more answers. For more detail, please see http://orthoinfo.Aaos.Org/topic.Cfm?Topic=a00072.


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How is a clavicle fracture usually diagnosed?

How is a clavicle fracture usually diagnosed?

X-ray &/or deformity: Clavicle fractures often result in an obvious deformity that can be easily seen and felt. On less obvious fractures, an x-ray may be needed to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Tip)

Recovering from a Broken Bone

Do not move the person unless the broken bone is stable. Control the bleeding. ...See more

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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch to improve range of motion, strength, endurance
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Avoid repeat injury or irritating soft tissues before they are ready
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Follow up with your doctor as scheduled. Don't miss appointments.
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What could cause clavicle fracture ?

Fall off of bicycle: Bike accident any fall ice hockey checking blunt trauma. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a clavicle fracture?

Collar bone fracture: A clavicle (or collar bone) fracture is a common fracture when falling with outstretched hands or from falling directly onto your shoulder. This is a painful condition that will keep you from moving your affected arm and shoulder. ...Read more

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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Tip)

Recovering from a Broken Bone

Painful broken bones. Corrected with surgery. Keep weight off to heal. ...See more

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Treating a Spinal Fracture (Checklist)

Rest
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Use NSAIDs to decrease inflammation
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Use pain medications on an as-needed basis
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Consider MRI to evaluate fracture
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How is a clavicle fracture typically treated?

How is a clavicle fracture typically treated?

Strap or surgery: If there is minimal displacement then a clavicle strap is enough. If markedly displaced, then surgery would be appropriate. This would include a plate and screws or a small rod that would be placed inside the bone after aligning it. ...Read more

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What's a simple, cheap treatment for my clavicle fracture?

Clavicle fracture: In most people with healthy bones clavicle fractures heal very well on their own. The best thing you can do to help is to use an immobilizer. The classic over-the-counter immobilizer is a figure-8 strap to hold the shoulders back and keep pressure off the clavicle during healing. This is available at any pharmacy. Other styles of immobilizers are also available. ...Read more

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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

A bone fracture is a condition in which there is a break in the bone. It can be caused by a high force injury or it may result from a previous medical condition that involves weakening of the bone. Common symptoms include severe pain, swelling of the surrounding ...Read more