Collarbone (clavicle)

Picture of the collarbone

The collarbone (clavicle) is one of the main bones of the shoulder joint. The collarbone holds the shoulder up and back, and along with the shoulder blade (scapula) and acromioclavicular (AC) joint helps increase the stability and strength of the shoulder. The collarbone also protects nerves and blood vessels from the neck to the shoulder.

Last Updated: August 18, 2009

Author: Maria Essig

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology

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