Broken collarbone (clavicle fracture)

A break in the bone connecting the breastbone and shoulder. This also is known as a clavicle fracture.


Infants sometimes break their collarbone while being born. Other common causes include falls, sports injuries and traffic accidents.


Symptoms include pain, swelling and a grinding or cracking sound when moving the shoulder.


Treatment includes an arm sling to keep the bone still, pain medicines and physical therapy. Serious breaks may need surgery.

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