Bruised Collarbone

Bruised Collarbone

A bruised collarbone is also known as a clavicle contusion and occurs after a direct impact to the collar bone at the front of the shoulder or chest.

Symptoms of a bruised collarbone

Bruised collar bone symptoms include pain at the front of the shoulder following a direct impact to the bone. The collar bone will be tender to touch with swelling sometimes developing quickly and bruising usually appearing later. Lifting the arm up is likely to cause pain or discomfort.


Rest from all painful activities. Apply ice or cold therapy products to ease pain, bleeding and inflammation. A sling may be used to take the weight of the arm off the clavicle. A doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to ease pain and inflammation.

If a fracture is suspected an X-ray should be taken to rule this out. The AC joint should also be checked to ensure there is no disruption of the ligaments there. Ensure there is a strong pulse and no altered sensation at the hand to rule out nerve or blood vessel damage. A simple bruised collarbone should heal naturally within 1-2 weeks.

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