Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Orthopedic Teaching

Shoulder Case 7 Background

Clavicle Fracture


Background

Clavicle fractures account for over 40% of shoulder fractures. Most occur in males age 15-30, but these occur over a wide age range. Approximately 70% occur in the middle third of the clavicle and 25% are in the distal third. 

Fractures of the proximal third are rare.