If you are reading this article you would have probably suffered a recent clavicle fracture or know of someone who has. This is because this sort of injury is extremely common and makes up for around 5% of hospital admission cases.
In the entire human body, the clavicle bone is one of the most easy to fracture a bone in the body. The fracture normally happens around the weakest point of the bone which is at the middle third section. This type of fracture often happens in younger children as well as babies. Sometimes this occurs even in newborn babies. If they go through a rough delivery procedure, collarbone fractures can happen.
The most common symptoms experienced by injury sufferers consists of swelling around the area of the clavicle as well as sharp pains whenever the patient moves his or her arm or shoulder – this is referring to fractures and not completely broken clavicle bones.
Generally, if you were to fracture your clavicle, the doctor would advice you to rest the area using a clavicle brace or shoulder sling to support the entire arm. The fractured bone will normally heal on its own within several weeks to a couple of months, this really depends on the age of person as well as the state of health he or she is in. Normally for adults, the shoulder needs to be immobilized for around a month via a sling, however with kids the rate of healing is much faster (this usually takes only around two weeks).
Sometimes clavicle surgery is required but this only happens in about 5% of cases (according to recent studies). In these cases, the fracture has caused the bone to be slightly displaced and deformed and cannot be left to heal on its own. You can usually tell when this has occurred due to a bump that shows up through the skin. The clavicle surgery involves fixing a steel plate along the clavicle bone, and this device is often known as “open reduction internal fixation”.