The sternoclavicular joint is the joint between the breastbone (sternum) and the collar bone (clavicle). Injuries to this joint are termed sternoclavicular joint injuries and can include stretching or tearing of the ligament. It is usually caused due to severe trauma or a direct blow to the side of your body such as in motor vehicle accidents or contact sports.
The symptoms of sternoclavicular joint injuries include:
Medical history, physical examination and analyzing your symptoms are sufficient to diagnose the condition. However your doctor may recommend imaging tests such as X-rays, MRI and CT scans to confirm diagnosis.
Treatment for sternoclavicular joint injuries may be surgical or non-surgical. Non-surgical treatments include ice packs, pain and anti-inflammatory medications and immobilization of your shoulder. Surgical treatment is performed only if the injury causes respiratory problems or if you develop post traumatic arthritis pain in the shoulder.
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