Alternate Names : Clavicle Fracture, Broken Collarbone
A collarbone fracture is a break that occurs in the collarbone,
also called the clavicle. The collarbone is the bone that connects the
breastbone, also called the sternum, to the shoulder blade.
What is going on in the body?
The collarbone is a long, narrow, S-shaped, solid bone. Because
of its location and shape, it can be injured when the arm, elbow, or shoulder suffers
any trauma. The collarbone is located in front of a number of key nerves
and blood vessels. Rarely, these nerves and blood vessels may be injured
when the collarbone is broken.
What are the causes and risks of the condition?
A collarbone fracture is often caused by a fall. Trauma may also
occur during contact sports, such as ice hockey, football, or wrestling. Other
causes may include:
a tumor in the collarbone
conditions that cause weak bones, such as osteoporosis
including child abuse
or elder abuse
A newborn's collarbone may be broken during birth as the child travels through
through the birth canal.