The clavicle is located at the chest top, connecting sternum and scapula. The clavicle supports upper extremity's function. However the clavicle is prone to injury, and clavicle fractures are extremely common.
Children and adolescents are prone to clavicle fractures - because their clavicles do not yet completely ossify or grow. As for adult clavicle fractures, the major causes are often sport injuries or various accidents.
The common symptoms include: shoulder pain, swelling, bruising. Sling treatment is common, and surgery is normally not needed. But if the injury is severe, the nerves and blood vessels may be damaged, surgery may be required.