“Clavicle fractures, also referred to as broken collarbone are the most common fractures that occur in people of all ages with the mechanism of injury usually being a fall on the arm or the shoulder while playing sports or an accidental collision”, emphasizes Dr. Gupta who has been in the field for more than 25 years and performed more than 18000 successful surgeries.
“With x-ray and CT scan being our tools for diagnosis and checking out for swelling in the collarbone or intense pain while moving the arm with a deformed and kind of sagged shoulder, we conclusively reach to a decision regarding the methodology of our treatment and its effective implementation thereof” is asserted by Dr. Gupta who is at present holding forte at Max Healthcare as the head of the Shoulder and Hand Division.
“I would say that collarbone fractures constitute almost 5 to 10% of the fractures that occur in our body thus are not uncommon but young men below 25 involved in contact sports, men aged more than 55 and women more than 75 are likely to be traumatized by these fractures more” , says this extremely skilled surgeon or rather specialist of upper extremity, perhaps the best in his field.
In terms of Dr. Gupta, known for introducing newest and international techniques in India, “Clavicle fractures take time to heal and can be treated by both nonsurgical and surgical techniques effectively. Non displaced fractures are treated by putting the arm in a sling and oral medical prescriptions with gentle therapy exercises whereas we usually undertake surgical techniques for displaced and severely broken collarbone. Though metal hardware such as pins, plates and screws may cause irritation later, they are the best tools for fixing the two end of broken bones.”
“Definitely the outcome is successful and the person with broken clavicle becomes fit enough to resume normal activities regarding work and functionality within months”, assures Dr. Gupta.
FAQ – Clavicle Fractures
A broken collarbone is termed as clavicle fracture. The bone usually breaks in the middle or at the end where it is attached to the ribcage or shoulder blade.
Clavicle also known as collarbone is a long bone that lies between the ribcage and shoulder blade and acts as a connector between arm and the body. Beneath the clavicle lie various nerves and blood vessels.
One of the main cause of clavicle fractures is a direct blow incurred to the shoulder which can either be by a fall or a traumatic accidental collision. They can also occur by a fall on an outstretched arm. Babies can sustain clavicle fractures while passing through the birth canal.
Most common symptoms of Clavicle fractures include intense pain and inability to move arm. Other visible signs are swelling and soreness on the clavicle and a deformity on the break with shoulders sagging down or forward.
Clavicle fractures are initially inspected by the orthopedic for visible signs of deformity and a grinding sound when pressed upon the break. To further ensure the presence of clavicle fractures the orthopedic will have an X-ray and computed tomography done of the shoulder to check the severity of the fracture.
If the collarbone has not shifted from its place, then it is possible to heal it without surgery. The nonsurgical techniques comprise of oral medications, an arm support in the form of a sling and physical therapy exercises to help in the healing process. The orthopedic recommends continuance with the therapy exercises to prevent stiffness even after the fracture has healed. In severe cases where the fracture is displaced the surgeon undertakes the method of reduction and fixation by plates, screws or pins to hold the fracture together and enable it to heal effectively. All through the healing process the patient is recommended to continue with rehabilitation exercises to restore mobility and strength to the shoulder.
In cases of non displaced fractures the bone might shift before it has healed and a bump may make a permanent mark on the break which will gradually just remain as a small, subtle bulge. In cases of treatment by surgical techniques may vary from irritation being caused by metal hardware fixed to hold the bones together, possibility of lung infection to difficulty in healing of the broken bone.
Healing of collarbone usually takes a longer time than other fractures. It is an underlined fact that the patient is usually not allowed to resume their work or strenuous activities before a period of three months as there is always a remote possibility of hardware to break. After the fracture has completely healed, normal routine regarding work and sports activities can be resumed.
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