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Your Bruised Collarbone May Also be Known as:
Bruise on clavicle
Bruise on collarbone
Bruised clavicle
Clavicle bruising
Collarbone bruising

Top 3 Bruised Collarbone Causes

  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.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will coordinate care with a muscle and bone specialist (orthopedic surgeon). Treatments for impingement syndrome involve rest, over-the-counter pain medication, steroid injections, physical therapy, and surgery in rare, serious cases.

    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.

    You should visit your primary care physician. This complex chronic condition is often treated with injections and physical therapy.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    dizziness, spontaneous shoulder pain, pain in the back of the neck, shoulder blade pain, difficulty moving the shoulder
    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.

    You should go see your primary care doctor, who can diagnose your shoulder pain with a physical exam (x-rays aren't necessary). Treatment is pain management (NSAIDs), physical therapy, and injected corticosteroids to reduce inflammation in the shoulder.

    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, spontaneous shoulder pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Bruised Collarbone

  • Q.How badly bruised is your shoulder?
  • Q.How long has your shoulder bruising been going on?
  • Q.Is your shoulder bruising getting better or worse?
  • Q.How long has your shoulder pain been going on?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our bruised collarbone symptom checker.

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Bruised Collarbone Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced bruised collarbone have also experienced:

    • 100% Collarbone Pain
  • People who have experienced bruised collarbone had symptoms persist for:

    • 42% Less Than a Day
    • 31% Less Than a Week
    • 17% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced bruised collarbone were most often matched with:

    • 25% Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
    • 25% Myofascial Pain Syndrome
    • 25% Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis of the Shoulder)

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