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Clavicle Fracture

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is a clavicle fracture?

A clavicle fracture is a break in your clavicle (collarbone).

Shoulder Anatomy

What are the signs and symptoms of clavicle fracture?

How is a clavicle fracture diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your injury and symptoms. He or she will also examine your shoulder and may press gently on the collarbone. Your provider may also check the feeling and strength in your arm, hand, and fingers. An x-ray or CT may show the fracture. You may be given contrast liquid to help the fracture show up better in the pictures. Tell the healthcare provider if you have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast liquid.

How is a clavicle fracture treated?

Treatment will depend on the damage and the kind of fracture you have. Most broken clavicles heal on their own. It is very important to keep your arm from moving to allow the clavicle to heal. You may need any of the following:

What can I do to manage a clavicle fracture?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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