The clavicle fracture can be a common sports
injury, especially in contact or collision sports like football or
rugby. The clavicle is also known as the collar bone.
causes a fractured clavicle, and what should you do about it when it
happens? All good questions...and I am glad you asked.
How it Occurs
One of the most common ways it occurs is falling on an
outstretched arm. As your body weight lands on your arm, it forces the
humerus into the shoulder joint, and the forces transferred up the arm,
if great enough, can cause the clavicle to fracture.
Another mechanism that can cause a broken clavicle is to take a direct
blow or hit to the collar bone. While football players wear pads, this
is sometimes not enough to stop a fracture from happening. And rugby
players don't wear any pads at all, so it is easy to see how this can
happen with them. It takes quite a bit of force to fracture a bone, so
not only will there be injury to the clavicle, but also to the
surrounding soft tissue.
The most common symptom is pain. It is generally localized to the area
of injury, right along the fracture site. There may also be some
localized swelling over the gone, and it may be a little deformed,
depending on the severity of the fracture. Looking at a clavicle
fracture in the mirror, you may see a "step off deformity", where the
bone seems to drop in the middle.
Because the clavicle attaches to the shoulder blade
at the AC joint, shoulder range of motion will often be limited and
painful. As you lift your arm, the clavicle must rotate in order for
the shoulder to move. This rotation can cause pain.
You may also experience grinding or popping when
you move your arm, as the ends of the bone may be moving against each
Diagnosis of a broken collar bone must be done by a physician. If you
have any of the above symtpoms, you should see your family doctor for
an X-ray. This will show if the bone has been broken.
on the severity of the fracture, and whether or not it is
displaced, you will be placed in a sling for a few weeks as the bone
If the fracture is severe, or the ends of
the bones are not
aligned, surgery may be required in order to get the bones to heal
correctly. Your physician will be able to decide if surgery is needed.
fractures do not require surgery. They do however benefit from shoulder rehab
. Exercises to
restore range of motion, strength, and shoulder function are essential.
you are able to remove the sling and start using your arm again, talk
to your physician about rehab for your shoulder. It will speed your
recovery and help you get the best possible outcome.
Clavicle fractures are common sports injuries with sports like football
and rugby. They can occur from falling on an outstretched arm, or from
a direct blow. They usually require use of a sling for several weeks,
and may require surgery depending on the severity. If you think you may
have broken your clavicle, please see your physician as soon as
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