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Broken Collarbone (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

Anyone with a suspected broken collarbone should be taken to see the doctor as soon as possible. This way, proper diagnosis and treatment can be assured.

Going to the emergency department is recommended for anyone with a broken collarbone when these following conditions exist:

  • Other injuries are suspected.
  • The bone is poking through the skin.
  • There is an associated numbness, discoloration, or pain in the arm.
  • The person has any difficulty breathing.
  • The pain is severe.
  • A primary care doctor is not immediately available to see the person.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/3/2014

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