Clavicle Fracture Specialist in New Jersey
The fracture of the clavicle is commonly referred to as the breaking of the collarbone. The collarbone is another name for the clavicle. At New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute (NJOI) we commonly deal with patients suffering from this injury. The clavicle is a bone that is easily felt on either side of the neck and connects the chest to the shoulder. It is one of the main connections between the arms and the rest of the body. The clavicle is not a sturdy bone and can actually be fractured quite easily. This can be serious as there are numerous important nerves and blood vessels just under the surface of the clavicle.
The most common cause of a clavicle fracture seen at NJOI is from a car accident. Car accidents are commonly at fault as the seatbelt goes across the clavicle. Direct blows to the clavicle can also cause a fracture as the bone is not very strong. A fall on the shoulder can result in a fracture as well. The fracture of the clavicle is also commonly found in newborns. The clavicle can be fractured while the baby is being pushed through the birth canal. Doctors will commonly look for this after an especially traumatic birth.
Pain is the main symptom of a fracture of the clavicle. Sagging of the shoulder is a visual symptom which most doctors will immediately see and be able to diagnose. The mobility of the shoulder will be greatly reduced with a fracture to the clavicle
The best way to diagnose a fractured clavicle is through an x-ray. This will also help the doctor see the severity of the fracture which could impact the decision of whether to recommend surgery or not. The fracture is generally not on either side of the bone, but in most cases in the middle of the clavicle.
The treatment of a fractured clavicle widely varies according to different factors. One of these factors is the severity of the fracture and whether there were any nerves damaged from the fracture. Physical therapy can be used once healing begins to help the sagging of the shoulder that occurs after a fracture. Surgery to mend the bone where it has been fractured is very commonly done with screws to hold the bone in place. After a surgery, a combination of therapy and rest are used. It usually takes 3 to 4 months before a doctor will approve any type of physical activity.
NJOI has a few locations around New Jersey. We help patients with clavicle fractures at our offices in Butler, Clifton, Wayne, Bridgewater, and Morristown. Make an appointment with us today by calling NJOI at 973-273-3241.
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Vincent K. McInerney, M.D.
Founding member, Vincent K. McInerney, M.D., graduated from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in 1977 with honors as one of the top medical students in his class.
Anthony Festa, M.D.
Dr. Anthony Festa is an orthopaedic surgeon in his seventh year of practice at the New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute.
Anthony J. Scillia, M.D.
Anthony J. Scillia M.D. is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty certification in sports medicine.
Robert M. Palacios, M.D.
SPORTS MEDICINE PHYSICIAN
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Craig Wright, MD joins New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute by way of Totowa, NJ where he was born and raised.
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