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Collarbone pain: causes

by Alivia Nyhan
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The entire area corresponding to our shoulders is complex and through it circulates a large amount of energy, fluids and the different tissues present in it are predisposed to a wide variety of ailments. The clavicle bone is part of the shoulder joint and is one of the most important bones as it is also part of the rib cage that protects internal organs.

Accurately identifying the problems associated with this bone promptly is important to maintaining good health, either because it arises from accidents or because it begins gradually and chronically. Learn about the main causes of clavicle pain at FastlyHeal  .

Clavicular bone fissure or fracture

The most urgent cause for treating this type of pain in the clavicle is a fracture of the clavicle. This urgency is not only due to pain, but in the case of a complete fracture or splintering, the consequences can be serious beyond the fracture itself, since there may be risks of injury to other thoracic tissues and organs .

However, on very rare occasions these fractures reach such severity. If you have to know that in children and adolescents these fractures are a little more common because they are still growing bones. This type of bone is also difficult to break for any reason other than bruises in the area (strong blows).

As symptoms, the person will present a strong pain in the area added to a rapid inflammation, in addition to difficulty in moving the shoulder and / or a clicking sound when doing so. The fracture should be fixed as soon as possible, in turn immobilizing the shoulder joint.

Learn more about clavicle fracture here: treatment and recovery.

Cervical stenosis and nerve damage

Nerve compressions at the neck level due to cervical stenosis (intervertebral spaces narrower than normal) can be responsible for neuralgia or pain near the clavicle , in the shoulders and extending this towards the arms.

In addition, day-to-day tasks, some autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases, as well as peripheral neuropathies can induce irritation, inflammation and wear of the nerves in the body, including those that run through the shoulders. Apart from pain, other symptoms present in nerve-related problems are:

  • Tingle.
  • Numbness.
  • Muscle atrophy or weakness in the shoulder and / or arms.
  • Alterations in sensitivity, especially touch: hypoesthesia, anesthesia or burning sensation.

Muscle contractures

Bad movements, bruises, accumulated stress and / or an unhealthy lifestyle and diet are all factors that favor the appearance of muscle contractures throughout the body, including shoulders. The symptoms that differentiate this type of pain are:

  • It will feel more muscular than bone, spreading to other areas near the clavicle such as the shoulder, chest, neck or back.
  • It is common to find inflammation in addition to limitations in the movement of the entire shoulder joint, even when lifting it.
  • The area may feel stiff as a result of inflammation, or you may feel like you have a “mounted” muscle.
  • If the stiffening and limitation of movement of the shoulder is very pronounced, it may be a case of capsulitis or frozen shoulder .

Shoulder dislocation

Shoulder joint humerus dislocation can cause clavicle pain due to its proximity. The pain can extend to the entire region of the shoulder and arm , added to the inability to move the limb and feel it literally hanging. Dislocation of the shoulder can also cause:

  • Lumps in the front or back of the joint.
  • Tingling or distortions in sensation in the area and rest of the joint.
  • Soft spot.
  • Possibility of bruising due to blood vessel damage.


The wear of the joints is the cause of significant pain, and although it is much more common in the knees and hands, the shoulder joint can present this wear by losing cartilage tissue and loss of synovial fluid or damage to the bursae that cushions it. The pain arises from the shoulder but can spread to the clavicle and the rest of the shoulder. The differential characteristics of this condition would be:

  • Swelling and redness
  • Increase in volume of the joint.
  • Rubbing or scratching sensation when moving the joint.
  • Loss of mobility of the joint.
  • Constant heat in the area.


Bursitis refers to the inflammation and wear of the bursae, which are bags that contain synovial fluid, responsible for preventing the bones of the joint cavity from rubbing against each other.

Bursitis can be caused by the excessive use and wear of the shoulder joint , either due to poor movements or strength exercises more demanding than the joint can bear. It can also originate from:

  • Gout or excess uric acid
  • Infections
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Diabetes

The symptoms are similar to those of inflammation and arthritis:

  • Pain in the joint, at rest and / or movement. Such pain can extend almost to the neck.
  • Clicking or rubbing sound when moving.
  • Redness of the shoulder.
  • Shoulder and / or arm weakness.

This article is merely informative, at FastlyHeal .com we do not have the power to prescribe medical treatments or make any type of diagnosis. We invite you to see a doctor in the case of presenting any type of condition or discomfort.

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