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Clavicle Fractures

Clavicle fractures are the most common type of fracture in the shoulder.  They can result from a fall on an outstretched hand, a fall directly onto the shoulder or a direct blow to the clavicle itself.  Typically these fractures are associated with significant pain with shoulder motion and an obvious deformity can be seen or felt due to the lack of soft tissue or muscle surrounding the clavicle.  These fractures can be treated non-operatively or surgically depending on the amount of displacement as well as patient age, activity level and hand dominance.  Young adults and children may not require surgery and usually heal relatively quickly.  If non-operative treatment is rendered, a bump may be felt on the clavicle once it has healed.  If surgery is warranted, a plate and screws will be used to stabilize the fracture site.  The biggest complaint after this type of surgery is being able to see and feel the plate on top of the clavicle.