What is a Clavicle Fracture?
Chances are you, or someone you know, has broken their collarbone. Clavicle fractures are quite common, making up 5% of all adult fractures. This flat, long bone in the front of the shoulder, runs horizontally from the base of the neck to the shoulder and fractures are common, especially in athletes who participate in impact sports. The majority of clavicle fractures occur mid-shaft, however, not all clavicle fractures are the same. Breaks can vary from a simple crack through the bone, where the ends line up perfectly, or they can break in different patterns where some breaks are more complex than others. Historically, most collarbone fractures were treated without surgery. However, new studies have shown that patients with displaced or shortened fractures heal better with surgical clavicle fracture repair. Dr. Armando Vidal, orthopedic shoulder surgeon, has been successfully treating patients in Vail, Aspen and the surrounding Denver, Colorado communities who have simple and complex clavicle fractures.