Step one: the detailed consultation with the doctor
The diagnosis begins with an in-depth conversation with you (medical history). During this, we ask you exactly what caused the accident. We also make a note of your sporting and professional activities. This enables us to suggest a treatment at a later date that is suitable for the daily strain on your arm and shoulder area.
Step two: the physical examination
Your clinical examination follows now. Our specialist feels the possible fracture and moves your arm. Pain and movement restrictions themselves very clearly indicate the nature of your injury. Accompanying injuries to the shoulder joint, the thorax and the cervical spine must also be carefully ruled out.
Step three: imaging procedures
We still perform an imaging procedure to confirm the diagnosis. In most cases, an X-ray image of your collarbone in two or three planes is sufficient. Here you can see where your collarbone is broken, whether there are any splinters and whether the sections of bone are straight or crooked. Computed tomography (CT) is also necessary in some cases.