What’s Causing My Collarbone Pain?
Your collarbone (clavicle) is the bone that connects the breastbone (sternum) to the shoulder. The collarbone is a fairly solid, slightly S-shaped bone.
About Collarbone Pain
Cartilage connects the collarbone to a part of the shoulder bone (scapula) called the acromion. That connection is called the acromioclavicular joint. The other end of the collarbone connects to the sternum at the sternoclavicular joint.
Symptoms of Collarbone Pain
Collarbone pain can be caused by a fracture, arthritis, a bone infection, or another condition related to the position of your clavicle. If you have sudden collarbone pain as the result of an accident, sports injury, or other trauma, get to an emergency room. If you notice a duller pain developing in one of your clavicles, make an appointment to see one of our doctors.
Diagnosis of Collarbone Pain
To diagnose a collarbone fracture, your doctor will carefully examine the injury for bruising, swelling, and other signs of a break. An X-ray of the clavicle can show the exact location and extent of the break, as well as whether the joints were involved.
Causes of Collarbone Pain
Because of its position in the body, the collarbone is susceptible to breaking if there’s a serious force against the shoulder. It’s one of the most commonly broken bones in the human body. If you fall hard on one shoulder or you fall with great force on your outstretched arm, you run the risk of a collarbone fracture.
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