Clavicle Fractures Specialist Singapore

Dr. Bryan Tan

MBBS (Singapore)

MMed (Ortho)

FRCS Ed (Orth)

Clavicle fractures are cracks or breaks in the collarbone. The clavicle or collarbone is located between the ribcage (sternum) and the shoulder blade (scapula), connecting the arm to the body. Clavicle fractures are cracks or breaks in the collarbone. It is vital to understand your symptoms and seek medical treatment as soon as possible, as early diagnosis and treatment can reduce the complications of clavicle fractures.

Dr. Bryan Tan

Orthopaedic Surgeon
Sports have always played a big part in Dr Bryan’s life. His interest in sports and varied sporting activities give him a deep understanding of sports injuries and the mindset of an athlete.
The condition often develops gradually over time and is difficult to detect. This painful condition affects 2-5% of the general population.

Dr Bryan Tan is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon, based in Singapore. He completed 2 fellowships in Orthopaedic Sports, Shoulder and Elbow Surgery in Sydney, Australia and Nice, France. Prior to private practice, Dr Bryan was a consultant in the Division of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery in National University Hospital (NUH), Singapore. He is currently still a visiting consultant at NUH where he actively teaches medical students and young orthopaedic surgical trainees. In addition, he travels to regional countries to teach advanced arthroscopic surgical techniques.

    • MBBS(Singapore)

    • MMed (Ortho)

    • FRCS Ed(Orth)

Dr. Bryan has a special interest in keyhole surgery and performs most of his surgeries using advanced, modern keyhole surgical techniques. He regularly visits fellow surgeons from other countries to ensure his skills and knowledge are cutting edge.

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What Are the Symptoms Of Clavicle Fractures?

Common symptoms of clavicle fractures include:

  • Shoulder or collarbone pain
  • Swelling, tenderness or bruising over the collarbone
  • Crunching sensation over the collarbone when moving the arm
  • Deformity or ‘bump’ at the fracture site
  • Decreased mobility or range of motion
  • Sagging of the shoulder downward and forward
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How Are Clavicle Fractures Treated?

Non-Surgical Treatment

Common treatment methods include:

  • Ice compression
  • Immobilisation with an arm sling
  • Taking pain relievers such as aspirin or ibuprofen
  • Physical therapy or simple range-of-motion exercises once the fracture is starting to heal

Surgical Treatment

Surgery is typically recommended if the fractured bones have significantly shifted out of place, or if the overlying skin is being tented by the displaced fracture.

Surgery for clavicle fractures involves repositioning the bone fragments into their normal alignment before holding them in place with special metal hardware such as plates, screws or pins. This procedure is also known as open reduction and internal fixation.

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How Are Clavicle Fractures Diagnosed?

Your doctor will physically examine your collarbone to check for tenderness, swelling or pain. They may also test your shoulder’s mobility and range of motion.

Additionally, imaging tests such as x-rays or CT scans may be required to determine the exact location of your fracture and the severity of your injury.

What Causes Clavicle Fractures?

The common causes of clavicle fractures are:

  • Direct blow to the shoulder, such as a heavy object falling onto the collarbone
  • Indirect injury, often caused by breaking falls with an outstretched arm
  • Sports injury
What’s the first step?

Your Treatment Roadmap with Dr. Bryan

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Book An Appointment
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Initial Consultation & Diagnosis of your Condition

During your consultation, Dr. Bryan will evaluate your medical history and the pain you are experiencing. You may also ask Dr. Bryan any questions you may have about your condition.

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Treatment & Follow Up Visits With Dr. Bryan

After your consultation with Dr. Bryan, our friendly clinic staff will assist you with your follow-up appointment, and provide you with instructions/information for any prescribed treatment plans from Dr. Bryan.

Frequently Asked

Are clavicle fractures serious? When should I visit a doctor?

Clavicle fractures can significantly impair your mobility and cause severe pain.

You should seek proper medical treatment immediately if you suspect you have a clavicle fracture.

How to prevent clavicle fractures?

  • Strengthen your shoulder muscles by regularly exercising or training your shoulders
  • Ensure proper form and technique when playing sports or working out
  • If participating in combat sports, ensure that you work on your break-fall technique

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