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Collar Bone is Broken Overview

Another name for Collar Bone is Broken is Clavicle Fracture.

What is a clavicle fracture?
A person with a clavicle fracture has a broken collar bone. The collar bone is usually broken during a fall on to the shoulder or an outstretched arm. Clavicle fractures are most common in children and rarely require surgery.

What are the symptoms of a clavicle fracture?
Symptoms of a clavicle fracture include shoulder pain with swelling and tenderness overlying the clavicle.

How does the doctor treat a clavicle fracture?
Treatment for a clavicle fracture includes rest, cold compresses, arm elevation, and pain medications. The clavicle fracture may be treated with a clavicle strap or a shoulder sling. Most clavicle fractures heal within six weeks.

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Last Updated: Feb 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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