Clavicle Fractures | Broken Collarbone

Aug 26, 2021

Welcome to Regency Square Care Center, your trusted provider of Health - Geriatric and Aging Care services. In this article, we will explore clavicle fractures, including their symptoms, causes, and treatment options.

What is a Clavicle Fracture?

A clavicle fracture, commonly known as a broken collarbone, occurs when the clavicle bone, which connects the shoulder blade to the sternum, breaks due to direct impact or trauma. Clavicle fractures are one of the most common bone injuries, especially among athletes and individuals involved in contact sports.

Symptoms of Clavicle Fractures

  • Pain and tenderness around the fractured area
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Difficulty moving the arm on the affected side
  • A noticeable bump or deformity over the collarbone
  • Pain worsens with movement or pressure on the affected area

Causes of Clavicle Fractures

Clavicle fractures can occur due to various reasons, including:

  1. Falls, especially onto an outstretched hand or directly on the shoulder
  2. Direct impact or trauma to the collarbone area, such as during sports activities
  3. Motor vehicle accidents

Treatment Options for Clavicle Fractures

At Regency Square Care Center, we offer comprehensive treatment options for clavicle fractures:

1. Non-Surgical Treatment

Mild to moderate clavicle fractures can often be treated without surgery. Our experienced team of orthopedic specialists will carefully assess your condition and recommend the most appropriate non-surgical treatment, which may include:

  • Immobilization using a sling or figure-eight brace to support and protect the collarbone as it heals
  • Pain management techniques, such as over-the-counter pain medications
  • Physical therapy exercises to improve range of motion and strength

2. Surgical Treatment

In severe cases or if the bone displacement is significant, surgical intervention may be required. Our skilled surgeons at Regency Square Care Center can perform surgical procedures such as:

  • Open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF): The fractured bone fragments are realigned and held together using metal plates, screws, or rods for stabilization.
  • Intramedullary nailing: A metal rod is inserted into the marrow canal of the clavicle to provide stability and aid in healing.

Recovery and Rehabilitation

The recovery period for clavicle fractures depends on the severity of the injury and the selected treatment option. Our dedicated team will guide you through the recovery process and provide comprehensive rehabilitation services, including:

  • Customized physical therapy programs to improve mobility and strength
  • Pain management techniques to alleviate discomfort
  • Regular follow-up appointments to monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments to the treatment plan

Preventing Clavicle Fractures

While it is not always possible to prevent clavicle fractures, there are certain precautions you can take:

  • Use appropriate protective gear when participating in sports or activities with a risk of falls or direct impact to the collarbone area
  • Ensure a safe environment to minimize the risk of accidents
  • Follow appropriate safety guidelines and techniques during physical activities

Expert Care for Clavicle Fractures at Regency Square Care Center

At Regency Square Care Center, we understand the impact that clavicle fractures can have on your daily life. Our team of compassionate professionals is dedicated to providing exceptional care and support throughout your recovery journey.

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of a clavicle fracture, contact Regency Square Care Center today to schedule a consultation with our experienced orthopedic specialists. We are here to help you regain optimal health and well-being.

Ellen McCune
Ouch! That must hurt! 😳
Oct 4, 2023