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Broken Collarbone, Broken Clavicle


Babies, teenagers and athletes are at the top of the list of people most likely to break the bone connecting the breastbone to the shoulder blade. Depending on the severity of the fracture, this bone (called a collarbone or clavicle) may heal on its own. Keep reading to learn more.

Causes & Triggers

  • Accident (especially motor-vehicle)
  • Acute trauma
  • Direct hit
  • Fall
  • Sports injuries

Signs & Symptoms

  • Bruising
  • Bulging appear at/near shoulder
  • Cracking
  • Grinding
  • Inability to move shoulder
  • Pain (especially with shoulder movement)
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness

Tips & Treatment

  • Surgery may be necessary if bones are misaligned; otherwise the bones may heal on their own.
  • Consult an orthopedic specialist for symptom relief and treatment options.

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