Shoulder and Clavicle Pain

Shoulder and Clavicle Pain

Shoulder and Clavicle

Shoulder and clavicle or collarbone pain can be experienced by people of all ages. Your chiropractor can treat shoulder blade and clavicle pain using a variety of methods. If you or a loved one suffers from either shoulder or clavicle pain or discomfort, read on to learn more.

What is the Shoulder and Clavicle Region?

You probably already know what the shoulder region is, but you may not know that the clavicle region is interconnected with the function and location of the shoulder. The clavicle consists of a slender, long bone that runs horizontally between the tops of your two shoulders. Shoulder muscles consist of a rotator cuff, muscle layer, and rotator cuff tendons that keep your arm in place. Interestingly, the clavicle is the only bone that runs horizontally of its length. The other long bones run vertically, in your legs and the upper arm bone. The clavicle is commonly referred to as the collarbone because it runs directly beneath where your shirt collar would be. 

Why is There Pain in the Shoulder and Clavicle Region?

It’s quite common to experience shoulder and or clavicle pain. Even though the clavicle isn’t a “moving” bone, exterior pressure and weight can bear on this bone and cause discomfort. In addition, pain from one or both shoulders can radiate to the clavicle. Shoulder pain is even more common. Because the shoulder joint is so complex as well as so often used, pain in this area usually occurs to almost everyone at least once. Sometimes pain medication, like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, won’t take the pain away.

Common Causes of Shoulder and Clavicle/Collarbone Pain

Some of the most common causes of clavicle/collarbone pain and shoulder include:

  • Stress fracture, from too much weight or pressure on the clavicle. Even the tiniest stress fracture can cause immense pain.
  • Osteoarthritis, where the protective cartilage around the clavicle or shoulder has worn down.
  • Bruising, where force trauma has occurred and bruised the shoulder bone, possibly from an accident such as a vehicle accident.
  • Poor sleep posture, in which case your chiropractor can recommend a sleep posture that won’t negatively affect the shoulder or clavicle region.
  • Osteomyelitis, which is a bone infection commonly spread through the blood vessels.

Your Chiropractor Can Treat Shoulder and Clavicle Pain

Our team is ready to offer a variety of non-invasive treatment options to alleviate the causes of collarbone pain and discomfort. Some inquiries require chiropractic therapy rather than physical therapy. Our doctor will ask you about the history of your symptoms and perform a thorough physical examination. Chiropractic medical treatment for shoulder and clavicle pain is a proven and effective method that has been used for many decades. If you have questions about “rotator cuff tear”, “torn rotator cuff”, ” frozen shoulder”, “broken collarbone “, “collarbone fracture”, “thoracic outlet syndrome”, “dislocated shoulder”, “shoulder joint injury” or any other inquiries don’t hesitate to call us, we love to answer your queries. If you or a loved one are experiencing shoulder and or clavicle intense pain, please contact us at (480) 969-6166.

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