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- A to Z: Fracture, Fibula
- A to Z: Fracture, Radius
- A to Z: Fracture, Clavicle
- A to Z: Fracture, Distal Radius and Ulna
- A to Z: Fracture, Elbow
- A to Z: Tenosynovitis
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A to Z: Fracture, Clavicle
A to Z: Fracture, Clavicle (Broken Collarbone)
May also be called: Broken Collarbone
More to Know
The collarbone (clavicle) runs between the top of the breastbone (sternum) and the front of the shoulder blade (scapula) and helps connect the arm to the rest of the body. A broken collarbone typically occurs from a fall on the side of the shoulder, a fall on an outstretched arm, or a direct blow to the collarbone.
Usually, someone with a clavicle fracture wears a sling (which keeps the arm close to the body) or a special brace called a figure-of-eight bandage (which wraps around the shoulders) for several weeks while the bone heals. Younger kids may heal in 4 weeks, but older kids and teens usually need 8 weeks.
Keep in Mind
With proper care, a clavicle fracture usually will heal completely.
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Date reviewed: September 26, 2016