A clavicle fracture is a common shoulder injury in contact and collision sports, like football, but you can suffer this injury falling on your shoulder too. They are painful injuries that take a long time to heal.

Most people know right away that they have suffered a serious shoulder injury. Often you can see the bone poking up under the skin. X-rays can easily show the extent of the injury and help orthopedic surgeons decide the course of treatment.

Also read:
Clavicle fractures: Mechanism of injury, diagnosis and treatment

In this video, I discuss the nature of the injury and how a doctor makes the diagnosis. Then discuss which clavicle fractures often need surgery and which ones can be treated in a sling. Finally, I describe the rehab process to recover fully.

Also read:
Arthroscopic shoulder surgery: What you need to know

X-ray of a shoulder with a clavicle fracture


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