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

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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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Squeezed nerve in shoulder which inflamed in arm/hand or carpel tunnel. How do you know the difference? X-Ray no swelling,no fracture.Pain not leaving

Squeezed nerve in shoulder which inflamed in arm/hand or carpel tunnel. How do you know the difference? X-Ray no swelling,no fracture.Pain not leaving

Needs examination : If I understand it right, you would like to know the difference between pain radiating from spine in the neck towards the arm and localized pain in the hand from carpal tunnel syndrome. A thorough evaluation is the first step followed by imaging of the spine and/ or provocation test at the wrist level. ...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?

Need tips for someone recovering from a fractured clavicle?

Patience: Most clavicle fractures do well, it just takes time, usually about 12 weeks or so. ...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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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 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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What is the definition or description of: clavicle fracture?

Clavicle fracture: 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. ...Read more

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What is the surgery like for a fractured clavicle?

What is the surgery like for a fractured clavicle?

Out patient: It is usually fairly quick and out patient. You should notice much less pain almost immediately if you have a plate put on it! good luck! ...Read more

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I have a completely fractured clavicle should I get surgery?

I have a completely fractured clavicle should I get surgery?

See orthopedist: See an orthopedist for options. Surgery is advised if the fracture meets certain criteria. ...Read more

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How could I tell if my broken collarbone (fractured clavicle) is healing?

Pain level and xrays: The pain should be decreasing over the course of days/weeks, but that actually does not necessarily mean that the bone itself is healing. The only sure way to tell is repeat x-rays. ...Read more

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I fractured my clavicle 2 days ago and im wonderring if after the 5-6 weeks, will there be scaring if any type/ bump? And will i be at full strength?

Unlikely: It is hard to know without seeing the x-ray, but in general clavicle fractures heel well because if the forces places on them by the muscle attachment. Bones do "scar" and sometimes there is a slight bump at the fracture site. One side might look slightly different than the other, but it should be barely noticeable and certainly not disfiguring. ...Read more

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What is the most common treatment for a clavicle fractures?

Sling: Non-displaced clavicle fractures have a high rate of union, and are usually managed with sling for 6 weeks. Displaced fractures have a reasonable healing rate without surgery, but patients who have the fracture surgically stabilized feel better quicker, and have a quicker return to function. Surgery removes the possibility of healing with deformity, which may affect function. ...Read more

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