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Fractures are considered broken bones. A fracture of the collarbone is common and usually results from a direct blow such as a fall. A fracture of the elbow is also considered common and results from a direct blow when the elbow is bent. Both types of fractures can be treated by non-surgical options but may require surgical treatments depending of the severity of the fracture.

A fracture of the shoulder blade or the scapula is much less common and requires high impact blunt trauma such as a sever motor vehicle accident. A fracture of the shoulder blade is less common because the area is protected by chest and other surrounding muscles. Most shoulder blade fractures are associated with extreme pain but can be treated with immobilization by a sling. On occasion a surgery to hold the bones together using screws may be necessary.