J Korean Fract Soc.  2018 Jan;31(1):22-28. 10.12671/jkfs.2018.31.1.22.

Conservative Treatment of Mid-Clavicle Fractures

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  • 1Deparment of Orthopaedic Surgery, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. drshoulder@korea.ac.kr

Abstract

Clavicle fractures are very common injuries in adults and children and the majority of these fractures occur in the midshaft. Traditionally, mid-clavicle fractures have been treated with conservative methods and the clinical outcomes of this method are believed to be excellent. On the other hand, recent studies have shown that the clinical results of severe comminuted or markedly displaced fractures after conservative management were not as favorable as previously described. Despite these concerns, the conservative treatment of mid-clavicle fractures is still an efficient method, which can be applied to all patients as a primary care. This review focuses on the proper indication, technique, and limitations of conservative treatment of mid-clavicle fractures.

Keyword

Shoulder; Clavicle; Fracture; Conservative treatment

MeSH Terms

Adult
Child
Clavicle
Hand
Humans
Methods
Primary Health Care
Shoulder
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