Collarbone fractures, also referred to as clavicle fractures, are one of the most common conditions treated by our Atlanta orthopedic doctors since they can happen to anyone regardless of age, family history, or demographics. The collarbone or clavicle is located between the shoulder blade and the rib cage. It is responsible for connecting each arm to the body.
Most patients who sustain a collarbone fracture do so as a result of blunt physical trauma to their shoulder. Slip and fall accidents that see patients extend their arms forward to protect themselves from the impact is one of the most common scenarios where someone ends by fracturing their clavicle bone. Another common cause is the birthing process where a baby’s collarbone fractures when attempting to pass through the birth canal.
Symptoms of Collarbone Fractures
Common symptoms connected to collarbone fractures include:
- Sharp, intense pain
- Inability to lift or extent the affected arm
- Grinding sensations when attempting to move the affected area
- Physical deformities like a bump that exists near the damaged area
- Deep bruising
- Heightened sensitivity to touch
Orthopedic Treatment For Collarbone Fractures
Non-surgical solutions consist of:
- A sling
- Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications
- Physical therapy
- Massage therapy
Depending on the extent and depth of the fracture, surgical intervention may be required to implant pins, plates, and screws that prevent the bone from moving. Patients who undergo surgery for collarbone fractures may notice some slight pain after their operation and are often prescribed some type of mild pain killer.
Rehabilitation and Recovery
Physical therapy is highly recommended to restrengthen the damages muscles and tendons that are located near the collarbone. Although the process tends to be lengthy, physical therapy is an excellent way to gradually restore functionality and mobility to the collarbone and surrounding area.
You can learn more about AICA Orthopedics and our approach to treating collarbone fractures by dialing (404) 855-2141.