Clavicle Fractures (Broken Collarbone)
In Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics, the collarbone is considered part of the shoulder. A clavicle fracture is a very common sports injury, affecting athletes regularly. Football players, soccer players, hockey players, and rugby players routinely suffer from broken collarbones. Although clavicle fractures are generally the result of a fall on the arm (which then forces against the collarbone and breaks it); clavicle fractures can result from something as simple as going for a run, or riding a bike. Any activity that puts you at risk of falling puts you at risk for a clavicle fracture. Many clavicle fractures may heal without surgery, but evidence is increasingly positive that the use of plates to repair severe clavicle fractures produces better results overtime. Dr. Nadel is an expert in the surgical use of clavicle plates to fix severely displaced and fractured collarbones.