Clavicle fracture or a broken collarbone
The following links provide useful information for those unfortunates who happen to fractured a clavicle or in laymans terms, break a collarbone, Broken collarbone information
From a fellow sufferer by John Yardley
There are many different forms of collarbone fracture but generally those who break this bone know straightaway.
- A sensation of the two broken ends crunching together (Crepitus evident with gentle manipulation and carried out only by a medical practitioner).
- The shoulder may droop forward or appear shortened relative to the other side.
- Instinctive cradling of the injured arm.
- Tenderness and swelling, ecchymosis, may be visible over the fractured area.
- Abrasion over the collarbone suggests the fracture was from a direct blow.
- Blanching of the skin at the fracture site may indicate an impending open fracture (gap between the two broken ends).
- Decreased pulses may indicate a Subclavian artery injury.
- Venous stasis, discoloration and swelling indicate a subclavian venous injury.
- Difficulty breathing on the affected side may indicate a pulmonary injury, such as a pneumothorax (punctured lung).
- Palpation of the scapula and ribs may reveal a concomitant injury (smashed collarbone).
A thorough upper extremity examination is necessary and special attention should be paid to the neurovascular status, Brachial Plexus (five nerves that run below the collarbone - SEE VIDEO BELOW FOR MORE INFO.
- Pins & needles sensation in arms and hands may indicate the broken bone is pressing down on the Axillary nerve.