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Doctor insights on: What Is The Main Difference Between A Broken And Fractured Clavicle

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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


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How can you treat a fractured clavicle?

How can you treat a fractured clavicle?

3 options: Options include simple sling for 3-4 weeks, figure of 8 brace for 4-6 weeks, or surgery. Most clavicle fractures heal within 10-12 weeks without surgical intervention, but if the fracture is significantly displaced or shifted then surgery may be a better option for best results. ...Read more

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What should you do with a fractured clavicle?

What should you do with a fractured clavicle?

It depends: The treatment of clavicle fractures has evolved quite a lot over the last decade. The orphic peaty community used to believe that everyone did well as long as their fracture healed. We now know that is not the case. There are many instances where surgery is needed to realign the fracture fragments. That being said, a number of fractures are still managed in a sling, without surgery. ...Read more

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How should one take care of a fractured clavicle?

How should one take care of a fractured clavicle?

Depends: Over recent years, we have become more aggressive with operative fixation of clavicle fractures as the rate of them not healing is higher than we had originally thought. There are certain patient and radiographic factors that lead us down dichotomous paths of operative vs. Non-operative fixation. A sling and pain medicine is the only conservative measure that can be offered in the meantime. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a fractured clavicle?

How do you know if you have a fractured clavicle?

Xrays.: If you had significant trauma to the shoulder region and continue to have pain, I would recommend a plain Xray with an orthopaedic consultation. ...Read more

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Need tips for someone recovering from a fractured clavicle?

Clavicle fracture: Use a sling for comfort. Avoid lifting your arm overhead until cleared by your surgeon. Use ice for the first few days and use pain medication as neededd. ...Read more

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How are broken collarbone/fractured clavicle injuries treated?

How are broken collarbone/fractured clavicle injuries treated?

Majority are treated: In a sling + pain meds, but some are treated surgically if the bone fragments are widely separated, or if its an open fx (skin is broken over the fx site), or if there is an associated injury to a nerve or a vessel. ...Read more

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Anyone ever broken or fractured their clavicle before birth?

Anyone ever broken or fractured their clavicle before birth?

Fracture clavicle bi: No it does not happen before birth, but it can happen during difficult birth sometimes. ...Read more

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Does having a fractured clavicle mean that there was child abuse?

Does having a fractured clavicle mean that there was child abuse?

Usually not: This is a very common accidental injury at all ages, even in the process of getting born. It's not the typical injury inflicted by an abuser. ...Read more

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