Injuries to the clavicle (collarbone) and acromioclavicular (AC) joint are among the most common upper extremity sporting injuries. The clavicle attaches to the chest at the sternoclavicular (SC) joint, and to the scapula and arm at the AC joint. Injuries occur with a fall directly onto the shoulder or clavicle, and are frequently seen in mountain biking and contact sports. Clavicle fractures can also occur in older patients with a history of osteoporosis. Most fractures occur in the middle 1/3rd (mid shaft) of the clavicle.
Our Approach to Clavicle Fracture
UCSF offers world-class care for both simple and complex injuries, including broken clavicles, commonly known as collarbones. Most clavicle fractures can be treated with a simple sling to immobilize the bone while it heals. Other cases require surgery.
Our highly trained orthopedic surgeons provide expert repair using state-of-the-art techniques and technology. Our goals are to relieve pain and restore mobility, so patients can return to their normal lives and the activities they enjoy.
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