Clavicle (collar bone) fractures are usually easy to diagnose as most patients remember hearing a 'crack' to describe the sound they heard when the fracture occurred. There is typically bruising, tenderness, and sometimes a deformity that can be seen or felt. Other symptoms include local swelling and pain over the clavicle.
These fractures are common among young athletes, with sports like ice hockey, cycling, riding, and rugby. Depending on the severity of the fracture, treatment can include the use of a sling for 6-8 weeks. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary (plate and screws). Physical therapy is often necessary to restore function.