Causes Of Clavicle Fractures

Clavicle fractures often result from direct trauma to the shoulder or collarbone area. Common causes include:

  • Sports injuries, particularly in contact sports like football or hockey.
  • Falls onto an outstretched arm.
  • Motor vehicle accidents.
  • Direct blows to the shoulder or collarbone area.

Symptoms of a clavicle fracture may include:

  • Pain, swelling, and tenderness over the collarbone area.
  • Difficulty moving the arm or shoulder.
  • Visible deformity or a bump over the fracture site.
  • Bruising or discoloration.
  • A grinding sensation with movement.

Diagnosing a clavicle fracture typically involves a physical examination, medical history review, and imaging studies such as X-rays or CT scans. These tests help determine the severity and location of the fracture, guiding treatment decisions.

Treatment Options

The treatment approach for clavicle fractures depends on various factors, including the severity of the fracture, the patient’s age, and activity level. Common treatment options include:

Conservative Management:

  • Immobilization with a sling or shoulder brace to allow the fracture to heal naturally.
  • Pain management with over-the-counter or prescription medications.
  • Physical therapy to restore shoulder mobility and strength.

Surgical Intervention: Open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) surgery may be necessary for displaced or complex fractures. During ORIF, the surgeon realigns the fractured bones and stabilizes them with plates, screws, or pins. Surgical treatment is often recommended for athletes or individuals with significant displacement to expedite recovery and prevent long-term complications.

Recovery from a clavicle fracture can vary depending on the severity of the injury and the chosen treatment approach. In general, patients may need several weeks to months to fully recover. Physical therapy plays a crucial role in restoring shoulder function and strength during the recovery process.

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Why Choose Premier Orthopaedic Associates of Southern New Jersey for a Clavicle Fracture

Clavicle fractures are common orthopedic injuries that can significantly impact shoulder function and mobility. Prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment are essential for optimal recovery and long-term outcomes. If you suspect a clavicle fracture, schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists.  

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