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Clavicle Fractures

What are clavicle fractures?

Clavicle fractures, also known as collarbone fractures, occur when the clavicle bone breaks due to trauma or injury. These fractures are commonly caused by falls onto the shoulder or direct blows to the collarbone area. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and difficulty moving the affected arm.

What are the causes of clavicle fractures?

Clavicle fractures can result from various causes, including:

  • Trauma: Falls, sports injuries, or direct blows to the shoulder or collarbone area.
  • Accidents: Motor vehicle accidents or high-impact collisions.
  • Overuse: Repetitive stress or strain on the collarbone due to sports or activities.

What are the symptoms of clavicle fractures?

  • Pain: Persistent pain in the collarbone area, especially with movement.
  • Swelling: Visible swelling or bruising around the collarbone.
  • Limited Movement: Difficulty moving the affected arm or shoulder.
  • Deformity: Visible deformity or abnormal position of the collarbone.

How are clavicle fractures diagnosed?

Diagnosis of clavicle fractures typically involves a physical examination and imaging tests such as X-rays. These tests help determine the location, severity, and extent of the fracture, guiding treatment decisions.

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