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Symptoms

Common symptoms of a fractured collarbone include:

  • Pain, swelling and tenderness along your collarbone

  • Pain when you try to move your shoulder or arm

  • Slumping of your shoulder downward, forward and inward

  • Abnormal contour of your collarbone The fractured area may cause an abnormal bump along the length of your collarbone, or it may poke forward to produce a sharp point under the skin at the front of your shoulder. In rare cases, the end of the broken collarbone may penetrate through the surface skin and be exposed.

  • Bruising or abrasions along your collarbone, or at the top or side of your shoulder

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