What is a clavicle fracture?
The clavicle (collarbone) is a bone located between the sternum (breastbone) and scapula (shoulder blade). The clavicle connects the arm to the trunk of the body. A clavicle fracture, or break, can occur from a fall onto an outstretched arm, shoulder trauma, or from a hard tackle as is typical of some contact sports. This type of injury is common, accounting for approximately 5 percent of adult broken bones. Clavicle fractures can often be very painful, and result in significant disability for affected patients. Dr. Riley J. Williams, Orthopedic shoulder surgeon, treats patients in Manhattan, New York City, and the surrounding New York boroughs who are experiencing pain associated with a fractured or broken clavicle.