Ask An Orthopedist: Broken Collar Bone

Calendar March 21, 2017

Question: I have a broken collar bone that moves and can be manipulated with no pain. Does not repairing the collarbone put me at risk for any shoulder problems? Will it make me more susceptible to a torn rotator or torn Labrum?

You may lose a little strength with certain motions and in certain positions because of having lost the strut function of the clavicle. There should be no increased likelihood of rotator cuff tear, labral tear, or arthritis in the shoulder.

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