Clavicle Fracture / Broken Collarbone Specialist in Brooklyn, NY
A clavicle fracture, or a broken collar bone is one of the most common fractures among young athletes ages 18 to 45. In fact, a broken clavicle accounts for 5% of all adult fractures. Dr. Benedict Nwachukwu treats a lot of patients from the Brooklyn New York area who have broken their collarbone. He can diagnose and offer patients the latest and best treatment techniques available, helping them return to sports, work, and daily life.
How does a collarbone injury occur?
Collarbone injuries are considered a shoulder injury and occur frequently in athletes. A hit or tackle during sports, a hard fall on an outstretched arm or an automobile accident can cause a clavicle fracture. In babies, passing through the birth canal can cause a clavicle fracture. Clavicle fractures are considered shoulder injuries and should be treated by a skilled orthopedic shoulder specialist like Dr. Benedict Nwachukwu.
What are the different types of clavicle injuries?
Clavicle fractures or broken collarbones are classified by the location of the fracture. Patients in Brooklyn, NY who see Dr. Nwachukwu for a clavicle injury may have one of the following types of fractures:
- Midshaft – Most common fracture, occurs in the middle of the bone
- Lateral or Distal – Occurs near the shoulder, away from the center of the body
- Medial – Occurs closer to the neck and are very uncommon
What symptoms does Dr. Nwachukwu look for with a broken clavicle?
Dr. Nwachukwu looks for the following symptoms when patients in the Brooklyn NY area have injured their collarbone or clavicle:
- Pain, sharp and intense at the time of injury
- Pain when moving the arm
- Inability to lift the arm
- Shoulder stiffness
- A bump or visible deformity over the break
- Swelling, bruising, tenderness
- A shoulder that sags downward on the affected side
Does my clavicle injury need surgery?
Clavicle fractures that are small and remain in the correct position without fragments can heal without surgical intervention. Dr. Nwachukwu will often place Brooklyn, NY patients in a sling to immobilize the shoulder and allow healing. Medication can help alleviate pain and eventually, physical therapy will strengthen the surrounding muscles and help restore range of motion.
If the clavicle injury is severe and the bones are out of alignment, or in pieces, surgery is recommended. Dr. Nwachukwu will realign the broken pieces and then hold them in place with special plates, screws or pins. You can read more here, about Clavicle Fracture Surgery.