Visualise a cyclist crashing and you’re bound to picture an outstretched arm trying to cushion the blow. The shock from the impact travels up the arm to the collarbone strut. No wonder then, that fractures to the clavicle or injuries to the acromioclavicular joint (ACJ) and the surrounding ligaments are among the most common traumas seen in cyclists.

Fractures of the clavicle
The majority of fractured or broken collarbones can be diagnosed at the crash site. There is, of course, severe pain, and you will immediately need to support your elbow with the opposite hand. Part of the bone may be jutting out at an odd angle, or even breaking through the skin. You will need an X-ray and, if it’s a fracture,
orthopaedic management.

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