Clavicle fracture is a break in the collar bone. Fractures may occur in any part of the clavicle, but they are most common in the center our outer part of the clavicle. In older people, the outermost part of the clavicle, where it connects to the shoulder, is the area that is injured.
Causes of Clavicle Fracture
Trauma to the shoulder or direct trauma to the clavicle is the most common cause. It may, also, occur from falling on extended arm. In most of these fractures, the bones do not penetrate the skin.
Signs and Symptoms of Clavicle Fracture
There is usually localized swelling and pain at the site of the fracture. The skin is bruised. Movements of the arm increases pain. The head is often tilted to the side opposite of the fracture. Frequently people try and support the injured clavicle by supporting the arm on the injured side.
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