The clavicle is also known as the collarbone and is a common fracture for people of all ages. The clavicle is located between the rib cage and the shoulder blade and it connects the arm to the body. The clavicle most often breaks right in the middle of the bone, but can break closer to the shoulder blade or rib cage. Collarbone fractures are very painful and may require surgery.


  • Sagging shoulder
  • Grinding sensation
  • Deformity or bump at fracture site
  • Bruising or swelling at the break
  • Inability to lift the arm

A fractured clavicle can heal without surgery. There are a variety of effective treatments including arm support, medication and physical therapy. A broken collarbone can take up several months to heal completely. Surgery can be recommended for patients with a severe displacement. Many people with a broken collarbone return to normal activity within a few months. Most experience an excellent outcome and can expect a full, pain free recovery. CONTACT US if you suspect you’ve broken your collarbone.

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