Common Shoulder Conditions
© 2016 Peter Hallam
The collarbone (clavicle) is located between the ribcage (sternum) and the shoulder blade (scapula), and it connects the arm to the body.
The collarbone is commonly fractured during a fall onto the outstretched hand.
Pain around the collarbone
X rays and sometimes a CT scan if the fracture pattern is complex
Non-Operative: Most collarbone fractures can be treated in a sling and physiotherapy.
Operative: Severe fractures with displacement of the fracture ends can be treated with a screw and plate.
A multi-fragmentary fracture of the clavicle
A multi-fragmentary fracture of the clavicle fixed with a plate and screws
Fractured Collarbone (Clavicle)