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Collar Bone (Clavicle) Fractures After An Accident

Posted by Guy DiMartino | Mar 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

Florida chiropractic physician and trial lawyer, Guy S. DiMartino, DC, JD discusses collar bone “clavicle” fractures after an accident.

The collar bone or clavicle is frequently fractured in slip and fall and car accidents.  The fractured clavicle accounts for about 3% to 5% of all fractures.  That is a lot when you look at the number of bones in the human body, which is 206.  Being a chiropractor- I just love the bones.

Mechanism of Injury for a Clavicle Fracture

A Pillar

The clients and/or patients that I have seen with clavicle fractures have gotten the fracture through direct trauma.  I recently had a client who was t-boned in a crash and the “A – Pillar” bent and hit the clients shoulder.  Other clients have fallen onto an outstretched arm and fracture their collar bone.

Signs & Symptoms of a Clavicle Fracture

Many times the injured person will report that they actually heard the collar bone break.  They may see a depression or elevation of the collar bone itself.  Other symptoms include:

  • Pain in the area of the fracture
  • Pain when moving the arm
  • Swelling or bruising
  • Referred pain into the upper arm just below the shoulder

Diagnosis of a Clavicle Fracture

The diagnosis of a broken collar bone is typically made with plain old x-ray.  Most of the time, you don't need any fancy tests to diagnose the condition.

Treatment of a Clavicle Fracture

Treatment of a broken collar bone can range from anti-inflammatory and pain medications, to removal of a piece of the clavicle, to open reduction and internal fixation with screws.  The type of treatment will depend on whether the fractured bones are in good alignment or not.

Concerns for the person Injured by another person's negligence

Under the collar bone is a bunch of nerves (the brachial plexus) and blood vessels.  Because of the close proximity to these structures, if the collar bone injury doesn't heal properly, the client can have significant problems the rest of their live.  These problems can include:

  • Shoulder mobility issues
  • Deformity of the collar bone.  Imagine having to wear a dress with a deformed collar bone.
  • Numbness and tingling in the arm
  • Loss of strength in the arm and/or hand
  • Difficulty sleeping

Conclusion

My hope is that all folks who suffer a collar bone fracture heal perfectly within 4 to 6 weeks; however, this is not always the case.  If you experience a collar bone fracture make sure you follow your doctor's recommendations to a T, it could mean the difference between an excellent and poor outcome.  And if you think you need legal assistance for your case, it is important to retain an attorney that has the knowledge and understanding of the injury as well as the long term consequences so he/she can be a strong advocate for you with the insurance company, judge or jury.

As always, if you have any questions about an injury, you can call me directly on my cell at (352) 267-9168.

photo attribution “a” pillar: scionlife – x-ray: wikipedia.org

About the Author

Guy DiMartino

I have loved helping people in need for almost three decades.  It has been my privilege to serve people as their pastor, chiropractor, and lawyer.  The current focus of my legal practice and life’s passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney. What that really means is that I am no stranger to the courtroom.  I have successfully tried and handled serious cases in state and federal courts.  My backgrounds in both law and chiropractic medicine have given me a unique perspective, extensive knowledge, and wide experience to serve those I represent. For years as a chiropractic physician, I treated my patients to alleviate their pain and suffering. Now as their lawyer, I fight to bring them financial compensation for their pain and suffering. During my years of service, I have handled many traumatic injury cases ranging from the traumatic amputation of a limb to brain and spinal cord injury.  I consider it an honor to serve you and your family. When a person entrusts me and I accept to represent them, I don’t take that relationship and responsibility lightly. My approach is that we work as a team. We are partners and our goal is the best outcome for you and your family with the highest level of communication throughout. I am always available by phone or email to discuss my potential representation of your injury case. I handle cases throughout Florida. Education: National University of Health Sciences – BS (1984), DC (1986) Valparaiso University School of Law – JD, summa cum laude (1999) Bar Admissions: Florida (2000), Indiana (1999), Illinois (2000, expired); US District Courts of Appeals (11th Circuit, 7th Circuit); United States District Courts: Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; Northern and Central Districts of Illinois; and District of Colorado. Certification:  Civil Trial, Florida Bar Guy DiMartino on Google+ – Circle Guy on Google+ Guy DiMartino on Google+

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