What is a Broken Clavicle?

If you happened to be watching Monday Night Football you probably have noticed that a certain Jessica Simpson ex dater got popped and had to exit the game in the 2nd Quarter. Tony Romo was diagnosed with a broken clavicle. What is that you may ask?

Broken Clavicle

It is simply known as a Broken Collarbone.  Again, what does that actually mean?  The collarbone, called the clavicle by doctors, is an “S” shaped bone that connects the shoulder to the breastplate (called the sternum). The clavicle is very near the skin, and it can be seen and felt very easily in most people. The joint between the clavicle and a part of the shoulder blade called the acromion is known as the A/C joint. The clavicle is designed to support the shoulder, acting like a strut that helps to align the shoulder with the rest of the chest.  If you break it, ouch.

Typical recovery time is 8-10 weeks and pins/screws usually are involved to piece her back together, as shown below.

Clavicle DrawingTony Romo may have somehow actually saved his coaches job for next year by breaking his clavicle.