Up to 66% of shoulder fractures are from the collar bone. The doctor can usually diagnose this from a physical examination although x-ray is usually recommended. This will be used to determine the location and extent of the injury and sometimes if necessary to distinguish between a collar bone fracture and an injury to the small joint at the tip of the shoulder. For a more detailed image, a CT scan may be requested by the doctor.
· Areas of tenderness
· Skin colour changes
· Ribs and shoulder blades to rule out other injured areas
· Listen to the Lungs with a stethoscope for breathing changes
· Assess the shoulders movements
The doctor could also perform a neurological examination to rule out any changes that may have caused nerve damage. The collarbone is located near some of the nerves found around the base of the neck and shoulder that can affect the arm.
The doctor will also ask about the symptoms and how the injury started and if there is any associated neck pain.
Causes and risk factors also associated with neck pain
· A direct hit or fall. Sports-related collarbone fractures are commonly seen in young adults and children. Football, Rugby, hockey, biking, skateboarding
· Fall onto the shoulder or outstretched arm.
· Motor vehicle collision.
· Young age, reaching a high point between the ages of 10-19. The clavicle is not completely developed until about 20 years.
· Advanced age in both males and females over the age of 70.
· The onset of Osteopenia, which is the early stages of Osteoporosis (brittle bones).
While there are certain people more at risk than others, collar bone fractures can affect anyone.
The collar bone attaches to the chest and the shoulder blade and can affect the arm and neck due to the muscles attaching from the neck to the collar bone.
As Osteopaths we can provide a treatment based around working on the tissues and joints in the neck and the rest of the spine that can cause neck pain once this has healed from a previous trauma or you have been discharged by your doctor.
Questions about Osteopathy and Neck pain
What does an osteopath do for neck pain?
There are many ways an Osteopath can treat the neck pain, however this will vary depending on the patient and the condition diagnosed by the Osteopath. Some of the techniques may include soft tissue massage, joint movements, stretching of the joint and manipulation.
- N.I.C.E (National Institute for Clinical Excellence)
- NHS UK
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Hazel Grove Osteopathic Surgery on 0161 483 6986 or book online for appointments on Friday and Saturday. We are located at 302 London road, Hazel Grove, SK7 4RF.
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