A clavicle or collarbone fracture can happen upon a direct blow from a fall on the lateral or “outside” part of the shoulder, the elbow, or outstretched arm (mid-clavicle); or from a fall on the "tip" of the unprotected shoulder (distal or “far” part clavicle). This causes swelling, deformity, and point tenderness.
To treat, immobilize and refer to an emergency room for further diagnosis and treatment.
Most clavicle fractures take from four to six weeks to heal. After healing, gradual range of motion exercises and strengthening of the shoulder muscles can be started.
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