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How Do You Break Your Collar Bone
Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more
No: Would be extremely unusual to suffer a broken collarbone (clavicle) wiithout an injury and without knowing that you did so. Not impossible but rare. Some possibilities could include a bone lesion that has weakened the bone to the point that it breaks with no injury. However, you would likely realize that you broke it as it should be painful. ...Read more
"healed" = nontender: Once a clavicle fracture is nontender to aggressive palpation and manual manipulation (usually 6-8 weeks), early active motion and "weightbearing" (pushups) may be allowed, as long as pain does not result. Also nice to see good healing on follow-up X-rays. Discuss clearance to do pushups with MD. ...Read more
See your doctor: If you feel you are not healing right, you need to see your doctor. The longer you wait, the worse the outcome. ...Read more
Depends: This is a very difficult question to answer shortly and with little info. If you are lifting really heavy weights, the stress to the bone could be too much and causes the bone to break. There could have been a stress reaction or weaking in the bone prior that increased the likelihood for injury. ...Read more
What to do if I have a light break in my collar bone. I got an xray and now i'm wearing a sling. What should I do?
More info: Where, painfull, moveable, actually attached 2 bone, how long has it been there, has it ever been x-rayed or been eval by ortho? Give us a little more info & may b able 2 answer. It's more of a statement with a ? After it. ...Read more
Many things: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
Hard to say: There are a number of potential causes and a detailed exam and appropriate studies can usually determine the cause and then treatment options can be given. The coracoid process is just below the collar bone and there are a number of structures that insert on it that may be potentially torn or inflamed. Consider being checked, thank you. ...Read more
X-ray: Generally you will need an x-ray to be sure. If it looks different from the other side or it hurts to push directly on it, that can indicate it is broke. Sometimes it is just bruised though. ...Read more
Anatomy: Under your collar bone is the upper portion of the chest wall and within that, the upper portion of the lung. Additionally, several blood vessels and a large complex of nerves crosses this area. ...Read more
After fx. healed!: Fractures of the clavicle are common in children and adults . Falls and mva's are most common injury mechanisms. Getting' back on the ice' is not a good idea until the fracture is fully healed ( usually 8 wks for an adult ). Falls while skating (as u know) are common and will cause re- injury if not completely healed. See ors.( u do not want to re- fracture...Surgery will be discussed then!). ...Read more
Be seen: If you are concerned about it, I would not hesitate to be seen. A quick exam would likely reveal the cause, which is often a hypertrophic Ac or sc joint, or a prominent voracious process. ...Read more
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