Broken Collarbone (cont.)
Broken Collarbone Symptoms
- A broken collarbone most often causes immediate pain in the area of the
- Some people report hearing a snapping sound.
- Most people tend to hold their arm close to their body and support it with their other hand. This avoids movement of the shoulder which would aggravate the pain. Despite the pain, some people, particularly younger athletes, can have a surprising range of motion of their arms following a broken collarbone.
- The shoulder of the affected side is usually slumped downward and forward due to gravity.
- If the clavicle is gently touched along its length, pain is usually greatest at one point, locating the break. Often a crunching feeling is noted over the break, known as crepitus.
- The skin over the break often bulges outward and can be discolored a reddish-purple, indicating an early
Must Read Articles Related to Broken Collarbone
Colposcopy is the direct magnified inspection of the surface of a woman's genital area, including the cervix, vagina, and vulva, using a light source and a bino...learn more >>
CT was discovered independently by a British engineer named Sir Godfrey Hounsfield and Dr. Alan Cormack. It has become a mainstay for diagnosing med...learn more >>
Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and loss of bone tissue that may lead to weak and fragile bones. If you have osteoporosis, you have an ...learn more >>
Patient Comments & Reviews
The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Broken Collarbone: