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What Can Cause a Clavicle Injury?

What Can Cause a Clavicle Injury?

What are the causes of clavicle injury in the United States? Are there steps people can take to protect themselves from a broken collarbone? The clavicle is the most common broken bone in the country and anecdotal evidence shows that these breaks account for as many as 20% of all bone fractures. These injuries can occur while engaging in sporting activities, jumping on trampolines, slip and fall accidents, and motor vehicle collisions.

What Makes Collarbones Vulnerable to Injury

The clavicle is one of the most fragile bones in the human body. Long, thin, and slightly curved, it is easily broken. Evolution designed it this way in order to help protect the neck from breaking during a fall by absorbing the impact and in the process protecting the spinal column.

Common Causes of Clavicle Injuries

Falls account for approximately 85% of all broken collarbones. Sporting activities cause approximately 5% of all sports related bone fractures. Motor vehicle accidents in Kansas, and birth injuries are also common causes of broken collarbones. Children and adolescents under the age of 20, and young adults under the age of 25 are at greatest risk of a clavicle injury due to the fact that the collarbone has not fully hardened before these milestones. In adults, approximately 15% of clavicle injuries will require surgery to properly heal.

Preventing Clavicle Injuries

Falls are the most common cause of broken collarbones. Wearing well-fitting footwear with adequate tread can help prevent falls that can cause a clavicle injury. Individuals who engage in sporting activities should always wear the appropriate safety gear and avoid engaging in maneuvers that put them at risk of injury. Similarly, properly adjusting a seatbelt and seat before every journey can help reduce the risk of injury.

The most effective steps individuals can take to prevent an injury are to ensure healthy bone growth and development. These steps include eating a well-balanced diet, engaging in strength training activities, and building strong, flexible muscles that can provide proper support during a fall or when an impact occurs.

Complications & Healing

Most clavicle injuries will heal within four to eight weeks. While not common, complications can occur. These include damaged nerves and broken blood vessels that can be severed by jagged edges of the broken collarbone. As the bone heals, it can also cause lumps to form during the healing process. These can cause permanent discomfort that may require surgical removal. Over the long term, individuals who suffer a broken collarbone are at increased risk of developing osteoarthritis where the bone was broken.

Call in the Bull to discuss your clavicle injury with our attorneys. We represent clients in Wichita, Liberal, or anywhere in Kansas, Illinois, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Missouri, or Texas. You can call us at 1-800-241-BRAD, or call us on our local line at 316-684-4400 to speak with an attorney. You can reach Brad Pistotnik on his cell at 316-706-5020. You can call Tony Atterbury on his cell at 316-617-9237. You can call from Western Kansas at 620-THE-BULL.