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Clavicle Fracture

Injuries to the clavicle (collarbone) and the acromioclavicular (AC) joint are among the most common sports injuries of the upper extremities. The clavicle attaches to the chest at a joint high on the sternum (breastbone), and to the shoulder blade and arm at the AC joint. Clavicle fractures occur when people fall onto their shoulder or clavicle, as frequently occurs in mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding and contact sports. Older patients with osteoporosis are also at risk for clavicle fractures. Most fractures occur around the middle of the bone shaft.

Our Approach to Clavicle Fractures

Clavicle fractures in which the bone's alignment is still normal (not "displaced," or separated) can be treated with a simple sling to immobilize the bone while it heals. Displaced fractures require surgery to align the pieces, so they can then knit together properly.

Our orthopedic surgeons are experts in using state-of-the-art technologies and advanced techniques to repair clavicle fractures, providing each patient with the most appropriate and effective care. Our goals are to relieve pain and restore mobility, so patients can return to their normal lives and favorite activities.

Awards & recognition

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    Among the top hospitals in the nation

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    One of the nation's best for orthopedic care

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.