A break in the collarbone, usually due to impact on the point of the shoulder e.g. a tackle in football. It can also be caused by a fall onto outstretched hand whereby the force of the fall is transmitted up through the bones of the arm to the clavicle.
Signs and symptoms include:
- Extreme pain around the fracture site.
- A cracking or snapping sound may have been heard upon impact.
- Deformity or bump in the clavicle when compared to the other side.
- Guarding of the injury by holding the arm of the injured clavicle with the opposite hand.