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Clavicle Injuries & Conditions | Hand Microsurgery in Erie, PA

The professional medical staff at Hand Microsurgery specialize in the treatment of the upper extremities, including the clavicle. The clavicle, otherwise known as the collarbone, connects the arm to the body and is located between the shoulder blade and the ribcage. The clavicle is one of the most commonly broken bones and lies above many significant blood vessels and nerves. However, these important blood vessels and nerves are rarely injured when the clavicle becomes fractured.

Clavicle Fracture

The orthopaedic staff at Hand Microsurgery are specialized in providing medical treatment for the upper extremities and can help you recover from clavicle fractures. Most clavicle fractures occur in the middle of bone.

At times, the clavicle bone will break where it attaches to the shoulder blade or rib cage. A direct blow to the shoulder is what causes most clavicle fractures. This can happen during a fall onto the shoulder, a car collision, or a fall onto an outstretched arm.In babies, clavicle fractures can even occur during the passage through the birth canal. 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

The space between your first rib and your clavicle is known as the thoracic outlet. This slim passageway is loaded with blood vessels, muscles, and nerves. If the shoulder muscles in your chest are not strong enough to hold the collarbone in place, it can slip down and forward which puts pressure on the nerves and blood vessels that lie under it.

This causes a multitude of symptoms including:

  • Faint, aching pain in the neck, shoulder, arm, or hand
  • Pain, numbness, or tingling on the inside of the forearm as well as the fourth and fifth fingers
  • Swelling and/or redness in the arm
  • Difficulty with overhead activities
  • Limited range of motion

Thoracic outlet syndrome can result from injury, disease, or can be present from birth. Thoracic outlet syndrome is more common in women than men. Poor posture and obesity can also cause more irritation and discomfort. Psychological changes are often seen in patients with thoracic outlet syndrome but it is not known whether these changes are a cause or result of the syndrome.

Get orthopaedic help today, make an appointment at Hand Microsurgery in Erie, PA.

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