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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. Hirenkumar Italia
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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?

Broken or fractured?: There is no difference. Broken and fractured mean the same thing. Fractured is the technical medical term for 'broken.'. ...Read more

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

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?

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?

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