This type of fracture is often caused by a direct blow to the clavicle (collarbone).
It is a common type of injury. The clavicle links the shoulder to the body and it protects blood vessels and nerves, which runs from the neck to the shoulder and arm.
If the fracture is undisplaced it can be treated in a sling and it can take six to 12 weeks to unite.
If the clavicle is displaced, threatening the skin, the fracture is open or the clavicle shortened, an operation may be required.
A professional sports person may also opt for an operation to avoid mal union or a non union.
In such cases, the clavicle is fixed with a plate and screws, which align the bony ends, restoring the length of the clavicle.
The advantages of an early fixation include early return to work or activities and less chance of deformity