Clavicle Fracture - Broken Collar Bone
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Clavicle fractures are a common orthopedic injury, especially among infants and young children. The clavicle, known as the collarbone, is a long bone located at the top of the chest. A clavicle fracture most frequently results from trauma. The majority of clavicle fractures can heal without surgery. If surgery is necessary, the bone is secured with surgical hardware, such as plates and screws.
Recovery from clavicle fracture is individualized and somewhat influenced by the age of the person. Children may heal in three weeks, and adults may take four to six weeks to heal. People can generally return to their full activity level in about 12 weeks.
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