Common Shoulder Conditions

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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.

Symptoms

Pain around the collarbone

Investigations

 X rays and sometimes a CT scan if the fracture pattern is complex

Treatments

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)