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Fractured Collarbone

The clavicle, or the collarbone, is the most frequently broken bone in the human body.

Occurring sometimes at childbirth, in the elderly, and in adolescents as their bones progress in growth, the bone stands at pivotal point in the body.

Branching out from the sternum (breastbone) to the scapula (shoulder blade), the clavicle consists of two curved bones directly above the first rib.

Sports such as skiing have a tremendous impact on the clavicle, its rough terrain, speed, and pole digging sending many people spiraling downward causing broken bones.

If the bone breaks or cracks, the injury is called a fracture. In the clavicle, fractures can occur in three separate areas. The outer third of the collarbone, near the tip of the shoulder, accounts for roughly 15% of all collarbone fractures.

Collarbone fractures are usually caused by an accidental fall or force applied to the shoulder, like a football tackle. The meat of the fractures comes from the center of the bone. A fracture here usually comes from a fall on an outstretched arm and can be suffered by all ages.

Most of my patients are youth, but geriatrics suffer largely in this category because of bone deterioration. The third portion of the clavicle is tough and rarely fractures. Near the breastbone, this portion of the collarbone is almost always damaged by a massive amount of force, like a car accident.

Fractured Collarbone Treatment

Fractured Collarbone Treatment usually involves rest and wearing a splint. For full details see Fractured Collarbone Treatment

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