Signs and symptoms of a broken collarbone include:
- Pain that increases with shoulder movement
- A bulge on or near your shoulder
- A grinding or crackling sound when you try to move your shoulder
- Stiffness or inability to move your shoulder
- Newborn children will often not move their arm for several days following a birth-related collarbone fracture.
When to see a doctor
If you notice signs or symptoms of a broken collarbone in you or your child, or if there's enough pain to prevent normal use, see a doctor right away. Delays in diagnosis and treatment can lead to poor healing.
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