It is not unusual for Dr. Scott Ellsworth, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder and elbow conditions, to see a patient with a broken collarbone – especially athletes such as football players, soccer players and cyclists. Broken collarbones, also known as clavicle fractures, most commonly occur when the point of the shoulder takes a direct blow from a fall or other type of collision, such a cycling or motor vehicle accident. The collarbone absorbs much of the pressure, causing the bone to snap or break.
Clavicle fractures are usually quite visible through the skin, but X-rays are the best way to diagnose a collarbone injury. Proper imaging will confirm the severity of the break and can help guide next steps for treatment and recovery.
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Since 1923, Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics has provided high-quality orthopedic care. Our patient care team includes board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons and physiatrists, as well as physician assistants, nurse practitioners, durable medical equipment specialists and more. With two convenient locations in Leawood and Kansas City, Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics offers surgical and non-surgical treatment options across all subspecialties of orthopedic medicine.
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