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Broken Collarbone Causes & Risks

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Broken Collarbone Guide

Maryann Gromisch RN Guide

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Causes

A clavicle fracture is caused by trauma to the clavicle bone. The trauma is usually caused by:

  • Direct blow to the clavicle
  • Falling on an outstretched arm
  • Newborn babies can break a clavicle passing through the birth canal

Risk Factors

A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease, condition, or injury.

  • Advancing age, because of the increased risk of falling
  • Osteoporosis
  • Certain congenital bone conditions
  • Participating in contact sports
  • Violence

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