The collarbone (clavicle) runs between the top of the breastbone (sternum) and the front of the shoulder blade (scapula) and helps connect the arm to the rest of the body. A broken collarbone typically occurs from a fall on the side of the shoulder, a fall on an outstretched arm, or a direct blow to the collarbone.
Usually, someone with a clavicle fracture wears a sling (which keeps the arm close to the body) or a special brace called a figure-of-eight bandage (which wraps around the shoulders) for several weeks while the bone heals. Younger kids may heal in 4 weeks, but older kids and teens usually need 8 weeks.
Keep in Mind
With proper care, a clavicle fracture usually will heal completely.
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