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You have been seen in the Emergency Department and found to have a fracture of your clavicle (collarbone). You have been discharged home with follow up arranged either via the Fracture Clinic or your GP. If you do not know what your follow up is please ask the staff.
This leaflet provides advice and information on managing your injury.
Things to remember:
You have been seen in the Emergency Department and found to have sustained a fracture of your clavicle (collar bone).
The clavicle is a bone connecting your sternum (breast bone) to your scapula (shoulder blade), It is one of the most common bony injuries. It has generally been caused by falling onto the arm or shoulder, or from it being knocked against an object or person.
A cracked or broken collarbone will be very painful. There may also be:
Your shoulder may be slumped downwards and forwards under the weight of the arm, as the broken collarbone is no longer providing support. This tends to be painful and placing a sling helps with this.
For general medical advice please use the NHS website, the NHS 111 service, walk-in-centres, or your GP.
This leaflet is intended for patients receiving care in Brighton & Hove or Haywards Heath.
The information in this leaflet is for guidance purposes only and is in no way intended to replace professional clinical advice by a qualified practitioner.
Publication Date: May 2020
Review Date: November 2022