Collarbone Pain

If one is suffering from a collarbone pain, he/she needs a thorough diagnosis of overall health condition. However, people usually pay very little attention to the symptoms without realizing some of the injuries might be vital to a healthy lifestyle and even life threatening.

Physical Location: Collarbone, physiologically known as clavicle is the very S-shaped tubular bone, working as a support between the shoulder and the chest. In the medial end, collarbone connects to the sternum popularly known as breastbone. It is called the sternoclavicular joint. In the lateral end collarbone connects to the shoulder blade. It is called the acromioclavicular joint. Being the longest horizontally positioned bone in human body, one can easily locate the collarbone by touching the juncture of our neck and shoulder.

Reasons of Collarbone Pain: The most frequent diagnosed reason for the collarbone pain is a fracture out there. People engaged in sports like football, basketball, wrestling, hockey etc are more prone to a collarbone injury. Visiting a doctor, they generally acknowledge an ache while moving hands or a restricting feel in the shoulder joint. More cases that are acute show warm swelling and redness in the fractured area of the collarbone. The second most cases of collarbone pain incorporate a dislocation out of any direct hit to the shoulder to chest or a fall. The extent of ligament damage causes the severity of the collarbone pain. Sometimes osteolysis caused by softening, absorption and dissolution of shoulder bone due to calcium loss, may cause the collarbone pain associated with stiffness and swelling in the shoulder. Wrestlers, basketball players and athletes tends to get it due to some increase in lifting activities like push-ups, chin ups, sit ups or some other forms of heavy lifting.

Symptoms of Collarbone Pain: Symptoms of collarbone pain manifest itself through sharp pain in the shoulder joint to considerable limitation and restriction of the joint movement, redness and swelling in the injured area to considerable reduction of strength in the injured area. Another important symptom is medically referred as ‘piano key’ symptom – when the doctor presses on the patient’s shoulder in a standing position, collarbone raises up simultaneously raising the elbow up to slightly raise the shoulder. Sometimes huge swelling makes it difficult to prognosis whether it is just a dislocation or a fracture until an X-ray is done.

Diagnosis of Collarbone Pain: Patients suffering with collarbone pain should be diagnosed under professional orthopedic doctors and physiotherapists. 15% of all bone injuries constitute collarbone pain related to fractures or dislocations. Sometimes this is visibly assessable. Kids to young adults to older people, athletes to common people – injuries can cripple anyone. An X-ray examination can show an eroding collarbone. X-ray diagnosis also determines the location of the fracture and the displacement in the collarbone area. The first aid prescribes the patient to suspend his/her arm. The case of the fracture diagnosis is sometimes difficult, but timely investigation of the collarbone pain can help in the correct diagnosis. However, collarbone pain cases are not generally complicated, unless it is extremely rare.