What are treatment options for clavicle fractures?

Updated: Jan 14, 2019
  • Author: Benjamin P Kleinhenz, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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Studies have examined the different patterns of displacement and clinical outcomes of clavicle fractures according to their location. The medical literature has focused predominantly on fractures of the middle and distal clavicle but is still lacking concerning the management of medial clavicle fractures; the literature does, however, indicate that medial clavicle fractures respond well to nonoperative management. Controversy remains concerning operative versus nonoperative treatment of middle and distal clavicle fractures. [10, 11, 12, 13] (See Treatment and Medication.)


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