What is it?

A clavicle fracture is a broken collarbone. Your collarbone is in your shoulder and connects your arm to your body. Clavicle fractures are common. They are caused by:

  • Falling directly on your shoulder
  • Falling with an outstretched arm, which puts pressure on the collarbone
  • Clavicle fractures can cause pain, swelling, bruising and tenderness. You may be unable to move your shoulder completely.

Clavicle fractures range from a thin crack, to bones that shatter in many pieces. Treatment depends on the type of fracture. Mild fractures usually require limited movement and wearing a sling, brace or splint. Serious fractures may need surgery. There are different options for surgery, depending on the location and type of fracture. Your specialist will guide you on the most suitable treatment options.