What is a lateral clavicle fracture?

Lateral clavicle fractures – Lateral clavicle fractures may present similar to AC joint separation injuries, with superior displacement of the proximal fragment. The extent of deformity depends on the amount of displacement at the fracture site. Medial clavicle fractures – These patients may complain of sternal pain.

How do you treat a distal clavicle fracture?

Most distal clavicle fractures are managed nonsurgically. Sling immobilization for 2 weeks is instituted for comfort, and shoulder motion is initiated as soon as the initial pain improves. Repeat radiographs are obtained at 6-week follow-up to monitor for fracture displacement and evidence of healing.

How long does it take for a fractured clavicle to heal after surgery?

Typically patients are placed into a sling for a week or two to allow for healing of the incision, and then allowed gradual activity. Most clavicle fractures heal after about 6 to 12 weeks.

How long should I wear a sling for broken collarbone?

You will be given a sling to support your arm; this should be used for 2 to 6 weeks whilst the injury heals. Wear the sling during the day but remove it for exercises and personal hygiene. You can wear it at night time if you find it more comfortable but you don’t have to.

Does a distal clavicle fracture require surgery?

Distal clavicle fractures are treated with surgery more often, as this type of fracture does not do as well functionally when treated without surgery. These fractures behave very differently than the common midshaft clavicle fractures.

What is the distal end of clavicle called?

acromial end
The orientation of the clavicle can be distinguished by its ends: a broad, flat acromial end (referred to as the lateral third); and a round pyramidal-like sternal end (referred to as the medial two-thirds).

What is the weakest part of the clavicle?

Most common site of fracture is the middle third segment of the clavicle because its weakest point is at the junction of the middle and lateral third of the clavicle.

How to treat a clavicle fracture?

use extra pillows at night to keep yourself more upright if you find sleeping uncomfortable

  • use ice packs and painkillers if pain and swelling continues while your arm is in a sling
  • move your elbow,hand and fingers regularly as soon as it’s comfortable to do so
  • What are the different types of clavicle fractures?

    The clavicle (collarbone) is one of the most fractured bones in the body.

  • Symptoms of a broken collarbone include severe pain and swelling at the site of the fracture and with visible deformity in some cases.
  • A clavicle fracture is diagnosed through a physical examination and X-rays.
  • What causes a clavicle bone lump?

    A clavicle bone lump can be caused by a variety of conditions. The most common source of a lump over the clavicle bone is a healing bone fracture. Sometimes the lump is a lipoma, or a harmless fatty tumor that settles on top of the collarbone. If the bump is located at either end of the clavicle, it could be caused by damage from osteoarthritis

    What is a mid clavicle fracture?

    Midshaft clavicle fractures are common traumatic injuries seen in young adults that occur in the middle third of the clavicle. Diagnosis can be made radiographically with shoulder radiographs. Treatment is controversial but may be nonoperative or operative based on patient activity demands and the degree of radiographic displacement and shortening.