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Home :: Collarbone Contusion

Collarbone (Clavicle) Contusion

Bruising, of skin and underlying tissues at the clavicle (collarbone) caused by direct blow. Contusions cause bleeding from ruptured small capillaries that allow blood to infiltrate muscles, tendons or other soft tissue. A collarbone contusion is usually accompanied by injury to the sternum (breastbone) or shoulder joint.

BODY PARTS INVOLVED

Tissue over the clavicle, shoulder and breastbone, blood vessels, muscles, tendons, nerves, covering to bone (periosteum) and connective tissue.

Causes

Direct blow to the clavicle, usually from a blunt object.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Local swelling-either superficial or deep.
  • Tenderness over the injury, but no additional pain when moving.
  • Feeling of firmness when pressure is exerted at the injury site.
  • Discoloration under the skin, beginning with redness and progressing to the characteristic "black and blue" bruise.
  • Restricted shoulder and chest activity proportional to the extent of injury.

Treatment

Follow your doctor's instructions. These instructions are supplemental.

  • Use a sling If It makes you more comfortable.
  • Continue ice massage. Fill a large Styrofoam cup with the water and freeze. Tear a small amount of foam from the top so ice protrudes. Massage gently over the injured area in a circle about the size of the softball.Do this for 15 minutes at a time, 3 or 4 times a day, and before workouts or competition.
  • After 72 hours, apply heal Instead of ice if it feels better. Use heat lamps, hot soaks, hot showers, heating pads, heat liniments or ointments, or whirlpool treatments.
  • Massage gently and often to provide comfort and decrease swelling.

Home Diet

During recovery" eat a well-balanced diet that includes extra protein, such as meat, fish, poultry, cheese, milk and eggs. Your doctor may prescribe vitamin and mineral supplements to promote healing.

Prevention

Wear appropriate protective shoulder and chest pads during competition or other athletic activity if there is risk of a clavicle contusion.

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