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.
Current as of:
July 1, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine Donald Sproule MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine Howard Schaff MD - Diagnostic Radiology
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Donald Sproule MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Howard Schaff MD - Diagnostic Radiology
Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.