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Clavicle (Collar Bone) Fracture Treatment in Dubai at Emirates Hospitals Group. The clavicle, commonly known as the collarbone, acts as a bridge connecting the shoulder blade to the sternum (breastbone). A clavicle fracture is a break in this bone, often caused by falls or direct blows to the shoulder. At Emirates Hospitals Group, our Orthopedic Department boasts of best orthopedic surgeons in Dubai, specializing in advanced fracture care. We offer comprehensive treatment plans for clavicle fractures, helping you regain shoulder function and a pain-free life.

Understanding Clavicle Fractures

The clavicle is a slender bone susceptible to fracture due to various reasons:

  • Falls: A fall onto an outstretched arm or directly on the shoulder is a common cause of clavicle fractures.
  • Contact sports: Collisions in sports like football, rugby, or cycling can cause clavicle fractures.
  • Direct blows: Direct impact to the shoulder from a car accident or other trauma can break the clavicle.

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Symptoms of a Clavicle Fracture

The symptoms of a clavicle fracture are typically clear and prompt medical attention is crucial:

  • Pain: Immediate and severe pain at the fracture site is the hallmark symptom.
  • Deformity: The shoulder may appear visibly deformed or sunken due to the displaced bone fragments.
  • Bruising and swelling: Significant bruising and swelling are often present around the fracture site.
  • Difficulty moving the arm: Pain and weakness can make it difficult to raise or move the affected arm.
  • Crepitus: A grating or grinding sensation may be felt with shoulder movement in some cases.

 Diagnosis of Clavicle Fracture

Comprehensive Evaluation

  1. Physical Examination: Assessment of the shoulder, collarbone alignment, and range of motion.
  2. Imaging Studies: X-rays are typically used to confirm the presence of a clavicle fracture, assess the location and severity of the fracture, and guide treatment decisions.

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Non-Surgical Treatment Options

  1. Immobilization:
    • Procedure: Most clavicle fractures can be managed without surgery by immobilizing the arm and shoulder with a sling or brace to allow the bones to heal naturally.
  2. Pain Management:
    • Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers or prescription medications may be prescribed to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation.
  3. Physical Therapy:
    • Rehabilitation: Once the fracture begins to heal, physical therapy is initiated to restore shoulder mobility, strengthen surrounding muscles, and prevent stiffness.

Surgical Treatment: Open Reduction Internal Fixation (ORIF)

For complex fractures or cases with significant displacement, surgical intervention may be recommended:

  1. Procedure:
    • ORIF Surgery: Involves making an incision over the fracture site, realigning the broken bones, and securing them with plates, screws, or rods to stabilize the clavicle.
    • Advantages: ORIF provides more precise anatomical alignment of the fracture fragments, promoting faster healing and reducing the risk of non-union (failure of the bones to heal).
  2. Recovery:
    • Post-Surgery Care: Patients may require a period of immobilization followed by a structured rehabilitation program to regain shoulder strength and function.
    • Return to Activities: Recovery timelines vary but generally involve gradual return to daily activities and sports under the guidance of a healthcare provider.

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Recovery Process and Protocols

Post-Treatment Rehabilitation

  1. Immobilization: Initially, the shoulder is immobilized with a sling or brace to allow the bones to heal properly.
  2. Physical Therapy: Gradual introduction of exercises to improve shoulder mobility, strengthen muscles, and prevent stiffness.
  3. Progressive Activities: As healing progresses, patients are encouraged to gradually increase their activity levels while avoiding activities that may strain the healing clavicle.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, many clavicle fractures can heal successfully with non-surgical treatment, such as immobilization with a sling or brace. This approach allows the bones to align and heal naturally over time, especially for fractures that are not severely displaced.

Surgery, such as Open Reduction Internal Fixation (ORIF), is typically recommended for clavicle fractures with significant displacement, multiple fractures, or fractures that penetrate the skin (open fractures). Surgery helps to realign the bones precisely and stabilize the fracture site to promote faster healing and reduce the risk of complications.

Recovery time varies depending on the severity of the fracture and the chosen treatment method. Non-surgical treatment may require several weeks of immobilization followed by physical therapy to regain strength and range of motion. Surgical recovery can take several months, with a gradual return to normal activities guided by the healthcare team.

Complications may include delayed healing, non-union (failure of the bones to heal), malunion (improper alignment of the bones), shoulder stiffness, nerve or blood vessel injury, and infection (especially with open fractures). Prompt medical evaluation and appropriate treatment can help minimize these risks.

Last update date: 27-06-2024

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