A clavicle fracture is a common shoulder injury in contact and collision sports, like football, but you can suffer this injury falling on your shoulder too. They are painful injuries that take a long time to heal.

Most people know right away that they have suffered a serious shoulder injury. Often you can see the bone poking up under the skin. X-rays can easily show the extent of the injury and help orthopedic surgeons decide the course of treatment.

Also read:
Clavicle fractures: Mechanism of injury, diagnosis and treatment

In this video, I discuss the nature of the injury and how a doctor makes the diagnosis. Then discuss which clavicle fractures often need surgery and which ones can be treated in a sling. Finally, I describe the rehab process to recover fully.

Also read:
Arthroscopic shoulder surgery: What you need to know

X-ray of a shoulder with a clavicle fracture

I want to help you! Please take a few seconds to share the biggest challenge or struggle you’re facing with your injury! Click here!

Recommended Products and Resources
Click here to go to Dr. David Geier’s Amazon Influencer store!
Due to a large number of questions I have received over the years asking about products for health, injuries, performance, and other areas of sports, exercise, work and life, I have created an Amazon Influencer page. While this information and these products are not intended to treat any specific injury or illness you have, they are products I use personally, have used or have tried, or I have recommended to others. THE SITE MAY OFFER HEALTH, FITNESS, NUTRITIONAL AND OTHER SUCH INFORMATION, BUT SUCH INFORMATION IS DESIGNED FOR EDUCATIONAL AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. THE CONTENT DOES NOT AND IS NOT INTENDED TO CONVEY MEDICAL ADVICE AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE. YOU SHOULD NOT RELY ON THIS INFORMATION AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR, NOR DOES IT REPLACE, PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE, DIAGNOSIS, OR TREATMENT. THE SITE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ACTIONS OR INACTION ON A USER’S PART BASED ON THE INFORMATION THAT IS PRESENTED ON THE SITE. Please note that as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.