A Broken Collar Bone Can Present Other Complications In The Shoulder...

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In the case of a broken collar bone, there are three typical break sites...

If you have had a clavicular fracture (collar bone break) it is imperative that you get full range of motion re-established in your shoulder joint…

Shoulders have an uncommon quality in that they have the smallest amount of blood supply of any joint in the body…

This is why frozen shoulders are so common with any injury in and around the shoulder joint area;  in particular with surgery for a fractured clavicle if the proper physical therapy is not performed routinely …


How Modern Surgical Techniques

Are Taking The Place Of 'Outside
Of The Bone' Hardware...

“Restoring normal tissue anatomy is the key to long-term shoulder function...” Dr. Kevin Stone

This especially holds true in the aftermath of trauma such as a broken collar bone...

A Dr. Kevin Stone is one surgeon who has taken the most up to date surgical techniques, tissue reconstruction and repair ideologies and put them to use in his clinic…

I have not, as of yet, spoken to Dr. Stone personally, but am giving him a shout out for what looks to be the development of an extraordinary clinic that is making a real difference for people...

In other words, if it were me needing surgery on a shoulder or any other joint, this is the first guy I would check out...


New surgical measures have moved away from the application of plates and screws applied outside the bone in favor of a single internal screw...

The cutting edge of treatment for a broken collar bone involves the insertion of a single screw into the bone, instead of a metal plate will several screws as pictured in the radiograph to your right...

Many fractures of this type do not need surgery, and the arm can be put into a sling for immobilization and will return to normal function with time and a bit of physical therapy....

But if there is a 1.5 cm separation or the bones are angulated, surgery will be required to bring the area back to full strength with correct structure. If this is not done, the shoulder joint will be vulnerable to future pathology...

If your broken collar bone involved extensive trauma and is affecting the shoulder joint in multiple areas, these also can be restored efficiently with the newer techniques...

For rotator cuffs, for example, it is the use of growth factors and lubrication along with a course in physical therapy and eventual therapeutic massage to the area in order to restore the rotator cuff to full strength and functionality …

Labral tears, arthritic conditions in the shoulder, AC Joint separation and full shoulder dislocation can all be repaired with the expectation of full range of motion and strength...

Another plus with the techniques used at the Stone Clinic is that they only require outpatient surgery, and the return of movement is achieved in days instead of months...

 Whatever the damage, when it comes to the tissues in the shoulder, it is necessary to get the proper care and treatment...

If you leave it go for too long, which has been the case for some people who have come to me for help, the need for surgery will be more pressing and it will be more complicated than it might have done if you had seen a joint specialist earlier...

The reason being...

When a broken collar bone does not heal properly a cascading effect may eventually result in decreased joint space, and decreased range of motion in the shoulder...

If healing is inhibited in the collar bone, I will say it again, it can and will usually cascade to other parts of the shoulder causing chronic joint pain...

A common area for the cascading effect to occur is in the bursa…

If bursitis flares, then you have double the pain, and the shoulder will get weaker, and the range of motion will be challenged even more…

This becomes visible when the afflicted arm is stuck to the persons side...

If you let your shoulder injury go, it can also turn into an arthritic condition...

With a decrease in joint space due to degenerative tissue...

When this happens, a frozen shoulder is imminent if movement and range of motion of the joint cannot be achieved, because the blood supply will decrease, oxygen and nutrients, vital to the bone and muscle tissue, will also be decreased as all of it travels in the blood…


Injuries to the clavicle (collar bone)and shoulder area need not be the end of life as you know it...

Natural Pain
Relief...

Over the counter as well as prescribed pain relief medications are fast acting and potent, but what happens if you need to take them to manage your pain over a period of years, or for the rest of your life...?

You may wish to do some research and look into some natural pain relief remedies that will not have the toxic effects on your internal organs that most pain medications do after a lengthy period of time...

I have provided some basic information regarding supplementation that provides natural pain relief to help get you started - just click on the link below...

Natural Pain Relief

In Summary A Broken Collar
Bone (Clavicular Fracture)
Is No Longer The End…

A broken collar bone is no longer the end of your participation in sport or normal, everyday activity…

The key is to get your broken collar bone correctly assessed, and fully and correctly repaired…

Assessment is important because with clavicular fractures (depending on how it happened, your fitness level etc...) other parts of the shoulder such as the rotator cuff can be injured as well...

The consequence of NOT doing this is permanent shoulder weakness, and deformity and further pathology that will get worse as you age, so it will pay to get the best treatment possible for your shoulder and the rest of your body now…

Remember, shoulders have that odd vulnerability in that they receive a less blood flow than the other areas of your body. That being the case, it is possible to leave it for too long, so don't wait on this one…

  • Proper diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible is the right thing to do and will serve you well!

http://www.stoneclinic.com/broken-collarbone

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Disclaimer – This is information on joint pain. I teach, but I do not diagnose, prescibe or treat people who contact me. You are responsible for your condition using your own best judgement combined with what you have learned. Just a heads up - bodies carry unusual differences from time to time, in saying that, you could be one of those rare and unusual beings; if you are in doubt, please contact a physician in your area, so you can rule it out.

Move Freely and Knowledgeably and Be Well!

Dr. Jo

P.S...    “Greater certainty of your condition alone can be a powerful form of pain relief.”