How is sternoclavicular dislocation treated?

How is sternoclavicular dislocation treated?

Most patients can be treated conservatively with a sling, NSAIDs, and ice. This typically results in a favorable outcome with the joint stabilizing in the subluxed position.

Why is a posterior sternoclavicular dislocation potentially life threatening?

Life‐threatening Injuries associated with posterior SC joint dislocation include compression or laceration of the great vessels, tracheal compression or rupture, esophageal compression or rupture, injury to the brachial plexus and pleural disruption, which may lead to pneumothorax or subcutaneous emphysema.

How is posterior sternoclavicular dislocation diagnosed?

The computed tomography (CT) scan was found to be the best diagnostic procedure to assess the integrity of the sternoclavicular joint. The cause of the dislocation was most commonly lateral compression of the shoulders sustained during contact sports, particularly football and hockey.

What is a sternoclavicular dislocation?

Dislocations of the SC joint are usually the result of an injury to the shoulder. Most commonly, the outside/front of the shoulder is struck forcefully, and an anterior SC dislocation occurs. In some cases, a blunt force directly to the front of the chest can cause a posterior SC dislocation.

Why can’t you fix a dislocated collarbone?

Sternoclavicular injuries are usually treated without surgery. Many doctors are not comfortable performing surgery on these types of injuries because of the risk to the neurovascular structures that are just behind this area in the neck.

Can a dislocated collarbone heal on its own?

Seek prompt medical attention for a broken collarbone. Most heal well with ice, pain relievers, a sling, physical therapy and time. But a complicated break might require surgery to realign the broken bone and to implant plates, screws or rods into the bone to hold the bone in place during healing.

How painful is a dislocated collarbone?

Dislocating the clavicle from the breastbone happens rarely. When dislocated most of the associated issues are pain and cosmetic related. Closed reduction and placement in a sling satisfy most cases. Range of motion may be limited, and a crunching sensation may be felt when moving the arm until the joint stabilizes.

What is the difference between a subluxation and a fully dislocated shoulder?

A partial dislocation (subluxation) means the head of the upper arm bone (humerus) is partially out of the socket (glenoid). A complete dislocation means it is all the way out of the socket. Both partial and complete dislocations cause pain and unsteadiness in the shoulder.

What type of shoulder dislocation is the most common?

The shoulder joint is the most frequently dislocated joint of the body. Because it moves in several directions, your shoulder can dislocate forward, backward or downward. The most common variety is a forward (anterior) dislocation.

How painful is a sternoclavicular dislocation?

Anterior Dislocation Closed reduction involves pulling, pushing, and moving the clavicle until it pops back into joint. It can be very painful. Most patients are given general anesthesia before the procedure, or at least some form of muscle relaxant.

Can a dislocated collar bone be fixed?

Most clavicle fractures can be treated without surgery. Surgery is necessary when there is a compound fracture that has broken through the skin or the bone is severely out of place. Surgery typically involves fixing of the fracture with plates and screws or rods inside the bone.

What are the symptoms of a dislocated collarbone?


  • Pain that increases with shoulder movement.
  • Swelling.
  • Tenderness.
  • Bruising.
  • A bulge on or near your shoulder.
  • A grinding or crackling sound when you try to move your shoulder.
  • Stiffness or inability to move your shoulder.