Your collarbones are the long bones that run from the top of your breastbone out to each of your shoulders. All broken bones are considered fractures. For more information, see Overview of Broken Bones Overview of Broken Bones All broken bones are considered fractures. It doesn't matter whether it's just a little crack or a big break with lots of pieces. Broken bones hurt a lot and cause swelling Your bone may look... read more .
Fracturing the Collarbone
In some collarbone fractures, the broken pieces stay in place (called a nondisplaced fracture).
A broken collarbone is a common injury, especially in children
Collarbones usually break near the middle of the bone
Usually you'll just need a sling, but sometimes doctors do surgery
What causes the collarbone to break?
Your collarbone can break from:
Falling on your outstretched arm or your shoulder
A hard, direct hit to your collarbone
What are the symptoms of a broken collarbone?
Pain and swelling in your collarbone area and shoulder
Your collarbone feels like it’s moving
A bump on your skin where the bone is broken underneath
How can doctors tell if my collarbone is broken?
How do doctors treat a broken collarbone?
Doctors treat a broken collarbone by:
Having you wear a sling for 4 to 6 weeks to keep your collarbone from moving
If the break is very severe, doing surgery
Most of the time, the ends of the broken collarbone are lined up close enough that doctors don't have to move them back into place.