In this video Dr Jeff Berg and I discuss fractures of the clavicle, or the collarbone.

Fractures of the clavicle typically occur from a fall, or a direct impact injury.  The treatment of clavicle or collarbone fractures continues to evolve.  20 years ago most fractures were treated without surgery.  Then 10 years ago our treatment recommendations changed and most Orthopedic Surgeons recommended surgery for clavicle fractures.  Today (2017) we try to use a more useful approach to determine which clavicle fractures might benefit from  surgery, and could be left to heal on their own.

This post, on 4 common myths about the management of clavicle fractures is worthwhile reading too.

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Howard J. Luks, MD

Howard J. Luks, MD

A Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Hawthorne, NY. Dr. Howard Luks specializes in the treatment of the shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle. He has a very "social" patient centric approach and believes that the more you understand about your issue, the more informed your decisions will be. Ultimately your treatments and his recommendations will be based on proper communications, proper understanding, and shared decision-making principles – all geared to improve your quality of life.