For individuals with a broken collarbone, can conservative treatment help in the rehabilitation process?
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Broken collarbones are very common orthopedic injuries that can occur in any age group. Also known as the clavicle, it is the bone over the top of the chest, between the breastbone/sternum and the shoulder blade/scapula. The clavicle can be easily seen because only skin covers a large part of the bone. Clavicle fractures are extremely common, and account for 2% – 5% of all fractures. (Radiopaedia. 2023) Broken collarbones occur in:
Broken clavicle injuries are separated into three types depending on the location of the fracture. (Radiopaedia. 2023)
Common symptoms of a broken collarbone include: (National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus. 2022)
Treatment is accomplished either by allowing the bone to heal or by surgical procedures to restore the proper alignment. Some common treatments for broken bones are not used for clavicle fractures.
If surgery is an option the healthcare provider looks at the following factors: (UpToDate. 2023)
The majority of these fractures can be managed without surgery, but there are situations where surgery can produce better results.
Radiopaedia. Clavicular fracture.
Johns Hopkins Medicine. Clavicle fractures.
National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus. Broken collarbone – aftercare.
UpToDate. Clavicle fractures.
Edwin, J., Ahmed, S., Verma, S., Tytherleigh-Strong, G., Karuppaiah, K., & Sinha, J. (2018). Swellings of the sternoclavicular joint: review of traumatic and non-traumatic pathologies. EFORT open reviews, 3(8), 471–484. doi.org/10.1302/2058-5241.3.170078
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