Do all displaced midshaft clavicle fractures need surgery?

By Jennie McKee

Point/counterpoint: ORIF or nonsurgical treatment

Whether an athlete falls off a bicycle, is tackled in a football game, or is slammed into the side of the hockey rink by another player, the result can be the same: a displaced midshaft clavicle fracture. When this potentially season-ending injury occurs, it’s not always clear whether conservative treatment or surgical fixation will yield the best patient outcomes.

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