Broken Collarbone (cont.)
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What Does a Broken Collarbone Feel Like?
When the collarbone actually breaks a pop or click can often be heard and felt, and this causes sudden, sharp, stabbing pain. When the affected arm is moved, grinding or clicking may be felt and the further the arm is moved away from the body the more it will hurt.
After the initial sharp pain, the area that is fractured will feel like a dull, constant ache that is made worse when the arm is moved or touched.
What Are the Symptoms of a Broken Collarbone?
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What Kind of Doctor Treats a Broken Collarbone?
The first doctor you may see when you suspect you have fractured your collarbone is an emergency medicine specialist in the Emergency Department of a hospital, or your primary care physician (a general practitioner, family practitioner, or internist; a child may see a pediatrician). These doctors may make the initial diagnosis and then refer you to an orthopedist or orthopedic surgeon for further treatment (a doctor who specializes in injuries to the bones and joints).
When Should I See a Doctor About a Broken Collarbone?
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:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/30/2017
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