About Broken Clavicles

(Collar Bone)

What is it and what are my treatment options?

Broken Clavicle (Collar Bone) Overview

The clavicle or collar bone is one of the main shoulder bones. A clavicle break is a serious injury that requires medical treatment. An appointment with a Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates’ (CONA) shoulder specialist should be made as soon as possible.

Symptoms & Causes

Clavicle break symptoms include:

  • A visible bony bump
  • Bruising
  • Difficulty raising the arm
  • Grinding when moving the arm
  • Pain
  • Shoulder sagging
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness

Common clavicle break causes are:

  • Direct blows to the shoulder
  • Falls
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Sports injuries

Common Treatments:

Nonsurgical treatment options treat most clavicle breaks. After a thorough evaluation, a CONA shoulder specialist may recommend:

  • Immobilization is a shoulder sling
  • Pain and anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy

Surgery may be recommended to treat severe clavicle breaks. During an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF), a CONA specialist aligns and fixates the clavicle.  

Make an Appointment
with A Shoulder Specialist

Please make an appointment with a CONA shoulder specialist if you injure your shoulder and experience clavicle break symptoms. Delaying a diagnosis can make your injury worse.

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