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October 22, 2021  
REFERENCE: Frequently Asked Questions
Broken Clavicle/Collarbone
Q: I'm a 64-year old runner who has been running for 26 years. I fell on hard while running a cross-country race six years ago and broke my right clavicle. There was nothing they could do but put it in a sling and give me pain medicine. Now, six years later I am beginning to experience symptoms or arthritic pain that are quite bothersome. Is there anything that can be done?
Answered by David Bailie M.D. on December 18, 2001
A: Broken clavicles (collarbones) usually heal without surgery. Some do not heal (nonunion) and if symptomatic in active people may require surgery to repair the bone. Others develop arthritis at the end of the clavicle (AC joint) from an old separation and this can be treated with rehab, injections and sometimes a minor Arthroscopic surgery. It depends on the severity of symptoms and what has been done already.
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