A collarbone is a common fracture, usually in the middle of the bone, and are often caused by a fall or a blow to the shoulder. Visit and consult Orthopedic Specialists‎ at Ranka Hospital, Pune for expert Treatment and quick recovery.

Clavicle fracture, also called broken collarbone is a very common sports injury seen in people who are involved in contact sports such as football and martial arts as well as impact sports such as motor racing.

A direct blow over the shoulder that may occur during a fall on an outstretched arm or a motor vehicle accident may cause the clavicle bone to break.

Broken clavicle may cause difficulty in lifting your arm because of pain, swelling and bruising over the bone.

Treatment options for a clavicle fracture include:
1. Non-operative treatment involves:
a) Placing the arm in a sling to immobilize the bones and allow healing.
b) Medications for pain relief.
c) Physical therapy may prevent stiffness and weakness of the shoulder.

2. Operative treatment involves: Surgical treatment is performed to align the bone ends and hold them stable during healing.

It may be considered for

a) multiple fractures,
b) compound (open) fractures,
c) Overlapping of the broken ends of bone (shortened clavicle)
d) fractures associated with nerve or blood vessel damage and
e) displaced fractures

Treatment of clavicle fractures:

A broken clavicle bone, usually heals without surgery, but if the bone ends have shifted out of place (displaced) surgery will be recommended. Surgery is performed to align the bone ends and hold them stable during healing. This improves the shoulder strength. Surgery for the fixation of clavicle fractures may be considered in the following circumstances:

1. Multiple fractures
2. Compound (open) fractures
3. Fracture associated with nerve or blood vessel damage and scapula fracture
4. Overlapping of the broken ends of bone (shortened clavicle)

During the surgical procedure, the broken bone-ends are aligned into their normal position and screws in metal plates are used to hold the bone fragments in place.

These plates and screws are usually left in the bone. If they cause any irritation, they can be removed after fracture healing is complete.

Your surgeon will re-position the broken bone ends into normal position and then uses special screws or metal plates to hold the bone fragments in place. These plates and screws are usually left in the bone. If they cause any irritation, they can be removed after fracture healing is complete.

Complications: Patients with diabetes, the elderly individuals and people who make use of tobacco products are at a greater risk of developing complications both during and after the surgery.