Collarbone or clavicle is the bone that joins the breastbone to the shoulder blades. Broken or fractured collarbone is an injury that is more common in children and teenagers. This is due to the fact that the collarbone doesn’t harden completely until the age of 20. The common causes of clavicle fractures include injuries due to accidents or fall and sports injuries. Most of the clavicle fractures can be easily cured by the use of ice packs or slings. Pain relievers and physical therapy can provide relief from pain in shorter period of time. However, in cases where a major breakdown of collarbone happens, a broken clavicle treatment is required to realign the bone and hold it in place.
How can a Collarbone Fracture Occur?
This injury can occur due to the following reasons:
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What is Clavicle Fracture?
During a clavicle fracture, most commonly, the middle portion of the bone is fractured. However in some cases the bone may break from where it is attached to the breastbone or shoulder blade. The bone may either have just a slight crack or may break into many pieces. In some case, the broken pieces of bone may get displaced far out of place. In such cases, surgery may be required to realign the shattered bones.
When does the Severity Increase?
Collarbone injuries are easy to heal injuries and thus may heal without much difficulty. However, if the broken clavicle causes an injury in the nearby nerve or blood vessels the severity may increase. Also, a fracture at the joint that connects collarbone to breastbone or shoulder blades may lead to osteoarthritis of that joint.
How to Treat a Clavicle Fractures?
Most of the collarbone injuries are not very severe and can be treated by nonsurgical methods. However, it broken pieces of the clavicle are displaced far apart a surgery may be required.