A broken collarbone, also known as clavicle fracture, is a break in the bone that connects the breastbone and shoulder blade. This injury can occur as a result of fall, sports, vehicle collisions, or even during childbirth.
Types of fracture are the following:
While a broken collarbone can be painful, most people do not require surgery. If you suspected that you have a broken collarbone, seek immediate medical attention. Most injuries recover quickly with ice, medications, a sling, physical therapy, and time. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to insert plates, screws, or rods to keep the bone fragments together while it heals. Physical therapy can help to strengthen the bone and reduce stiffness.
The following are signs and symptoms of a broken collarbone:
Newborns who have a broken collarbone during birth may cry when their arm is moved and will not move it for several days.
Seek medical help immediately if you are experiencing discomfort that prevents you from using your arm normally or if there are signs of a broken collarbone. Delaying medical care can result in poor healing.
The following can cause a broken collarbone:
Adults have a lower risk of break their collarbone than teenagers and young children. The risk decreases over the age of 20 but increases again in older people as they lose bone strength with age.
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