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This symptom can also be referred to as:
Bruised clavicle

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3 Potential Bruised Collarbone Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

    Impingement syndrome is a common shoulder condition seen in aging adults. The tendons of rotator cuff muscles, whose action is to rotate the arm such such as during a tennis swing, pass in a narrow space between two bones in the shoulder. When the space becomes too narrow, which can happen as a result of an overuse injury, pain may develop as the tendons rub against the bones.

    Impingement may take weeks to months to settle.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one shoulder, dull, achy shoulder pain, shoulder pain that gets worse at night, difficulty moving the shoulder, shoulder pain from overuse
    Symptoms that always occur with rotator cuff tendonitis:
    pain in one shoulder
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.Myofascial Pain Syndrome

    Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic musculoskeletal syndrome caused by trigger points within muscle. Pressure on these points causes pain in the area around the point as well as in other body parts, a phenomenon known as referred pain.

    Resolution of pain is dependent on type of treatment.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    dizziness, spontaneous shoulder pain, pain in the back of the neck, tender muscle knot, general numbness
    Symptoms that always occur with myofascial pain syndrome:
    tender muscle knot
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis of the Shoulder)

    Adhesive Capsulitis or "Frozen shoulder" is when the shoulder is painful and loses motion because of inflammation.

    1.5 - 3 years, but 90% recover fully without treatment

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous shoulder pain, stiff shoulder, dull, achy shoulder pain, shoulder pain that gets worse at night, difficulty moving the shoulder
    Symptoms that always occur with frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder):
    stiff shoulder
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Bruised Collarbone

  • Q.About your [shoulder], do you notice any of the following?
  • Q.How would you explain the cause of your shoulder pain?
  • Q.Is the shoulder pain affecting:
  • Q.About your [upper arm], do you notice:

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Bruised Collarbone Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced bruised collarbone have also experienced:

    • 33% Collarbone Pain
    • 11% Pain in the Upper Arm
    • 11% Headache
  • People who have experienced bruised collarbone had symptoms persist for:

    • 43% Less Than a Week
    • 34% Less Than a Day
    • 13% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced bruised collarbone were most often matched with:

    • 18% Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
    • 9% Myofascial Pain Syndrome
    • 9% Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis of the Shoulder)
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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