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Whats the difference between a broken collar bone and a fractured one?

Whats the difference between a broken collar bone and a fractured one?

Clavicle: A broken collar bone and fracture are really the same. You can have a seperation of the clavicle from the sternum. That is different. As always ask your doctor to explain what they found on x-ray to you. Ask them to explain when family are present to help remind you later. Be well. Always wear a seat belt. ...Read more

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Dr. James Lin
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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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What is the difference in healing time between a broken collar and a fractured collar bone?

What is the difference in healing time between a broken collar and a fractured collar bone?

None: A broken collar bone and a fractured collar bone mean the same thing: there is a break or fracture in the clavicle (collar bone). ...Read more

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Fractured collarbone 2yrs ago. And its giving me problems still, help?

Fractured collarbone 2yrs ago. And its giving me problems still, help?

Be seen: There can be multiple reasons a person might "still" have problems 2 years after a clavicle fracture. It can be a failure of the fracture to heal, it can be from injuries to adjacent structures. Consider seeing a specialist to discuss the specific diagnosis and treatment options. ...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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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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Help docs! my 4 yr old son fractured his collarbone?

Help docs! my 4 yr old son fractured his collarbone?

Your question is ???: This is a common injury and usually requires limited intervention.The collarbone is in a rubberized sleeve and often cracks without separating, leaving treatment using a simple sling or a brace to keep the shoulders drawn back to keep it in position. The fracture heals with a bump at the sight that gradually changes over several years, most becoming unnoticable. ...Read more

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Hi i need help with my collarbone fracture, regarding recovery. Thanks?

Hi i need help with my collarbone fracture, regarding recovery. Thanks?

Grabed by the collar: Collarbone fracures usually heal 6-8 weeks pesistant pain or deformity may require orthopedic intervention ...Read more

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I fractured my collarbone in 2 places a week ago. When can I practice sports again?

I fractured my collarbone in 2 places a week ago. When can I practice sports again?

Usually 6-12 weeks: Once the fracture is healed and you have full range of motion. We allow earlier return for activities such as stationary bike. ...Read more

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Two years ago i had a cheer leading accident and fractured my left collarbone. It didn't snap but the crack was serious. Any way to fully recover?

Clavicle injury: It is unlikely that this condition will change without further evaluation. Clavicle injuries may be very treatable and should be evaluated by a physician specializing in musculoskeletal injury. ...Read more

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My 4 yr old son fractured his collarbone. What kind of treatment is available?

Depends on situation: The collar bone has its own protective sleeve and is often cracked or bent rather than separated. In many kids, a simple crack is left alone and will heal over 3-4 weeks. If the bend/crack is more dramatic, a brace holding the shoulders back can line up the pieces so they will heal. ...Read more

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My left collarbone is in continuous pain and I have a chest cough which has been going on for about 4 days. Could it be fractured?

My left collarbone is in continuous pain and I have a chest cough which has been going on for about 4 days. Could it be fractured?

Certainly there is: the possibility of rib or collar bone fracture with extreme coughing but it is more likely to be muscle spasm or strain. Other potential diagnoses include pneumothorax so it would be reasonable to seek health care evaluation as the symptoms have been persistent for four days. A Chest X-ray will tell the story. ...Read more

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What do I do if I think my collarbone is dislocated? I also have 2 fractured ribs what can I do for treatment? I serve and bartender 60 hours a week

Be seen: You would definitely want to be seen immediately. A dislocation if the collar bone from the sternoclavicular joint can even be life threatening. A dislocation from the acroimioclavicular joint is usually less serious, but it sometimes needs surgery. I would definitely be seen. ...Read more

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If a child falls and lands on the floor with his/her hands.. Is it possible that it could cause a slight fracture to the collarbone?

If a child falls and lands on the floor with his/her hands.. Is it possible that it could cause a slight fracture to the collarbone?

Depends on situation: The collar bone is one of the most often broken bones of the body.It is often cracked after a fall with the kid falling at an angle that involves falling more toward one shoulder. ...Read more

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Displaced collarbone with a butterfly fracture wedged between, 12 mm overlap, 6 weeks later bone cutting the skin, best option, bone removal or plate?

Displaced collarbone with a butterfly fracture wedged between, 12 mm overlap, 6 weeks later bone cutting the skin, best option, bone removal or plate?

Clavicle fracture: If fracture with good bridging callus, then excise spur, if you definitely need surgery. If bone still not with adequate healing, consider plate, screws, & bone graft if it is painful. ...Read more

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Do you recommend corrective surgery for collarbone with hairline fracture that healed incorrectly? If not in a lot of pain, would you advise surgery?

Do you recommend corrective surgery for collarbone with hairline fracture that healed incorrectly? If not in a lot of pain, would you advise surgery?

No Surgery: It's hard to believe that a hairline fracture would cause a problem with alignment of the collarbone. Unless there was significant pain, i would strongly avoid any surgical treatment. Healing after surgery is not a guarantee, and you would be trading a "bump" for a surgical scar. ...Read more

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Can a collarbone with hairline fracture (landed on it while skiing downhill) heal incorrectly? Have a bump where it broke then can't feel rest of it.

Callus: The bump is called a bony callus, and is a normal part of the healing process. Assuming you don't have a displaced fracture, it's likely you'll have no long-term deformity there. ...Read more

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What are the main side effects of a fractured collar bone?

What are the main side effects of a fractured collar bone?

Limited movement : A collar bone fracture is a very painful condition that will severely limit your ability to move your upper arm and shoulder. Sleeping is also difficult. ...Read more

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Please advise how to sleep comfortably with a fractured collar bone?

Please advise how to sleep comfortably with a fractured collar bone?

It's painful: Try sleeping in a recliner. Some patients tell me that helps until the pain gets better. ...Read more