Clavicle fractures

A clavicle fracture, also known as a collarbone fracture, refers to a break in the clavicle bone, which is the bone that connects the shoulder to the chest. The clavicle is located horizontally between the sternum (breastbone) and the shoulder blade.

Clavicle fractures are commonly caused by a direct blow or impact to the shoulder or a fall onto an outstretched hand. They can occur due to sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, or other traumatic events.

Clavicle fractures can be classified into different types based on the location and pattern of the break:

  • Midshaft Fractures: These fractures occur in the middle third of the clavicle and are the most common type.
  • Distal Fractures: These fractures occur near the shoulder joint.
  • Proximal Fractures: These fractures occur near the sternum or breastbone.
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Clavicle fracture

An X-Ray of a mid-shaft fracture with multiple fragments (also known as a comminuted fracture)

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Clavicle Fixation

An X-Ray of fixed clavicle with a metal plate and sveral screws, restoring clavicle length


For non-displaced or minimally displaced fractures, where the bone fragments remain in their normal position, immobilisation with a sling is often the initial treatment. The sling helps to support and immobilise the arm and shoulder, allowing the fracture to heal.

Surgery for clavicle fractures is typically considered in certain cases where the fracture is significantly displaced, associated with multiple fragments, open fractures, or fractures with associated injuries. The surgical treatment aims to realign and stabilise the fractured bone fragments to promote proper healing.

Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF): This is the most common surgical procedure for clavicle fractures. It involves making an incision over the fractured area to directly access the fracture site. The fractured bone fragments are then realigned (reduced) into their proper position, and they are held together with a metal plate and screws.


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