Direct impact to the chest

Sternoclavicular injury

Sternoclavicular Sprain

The collarbone connects to the sternum or breastbone in the middle of the chest at the top. If the shoulder is subjected to a hard impact, this joint (known as the sternoclavicular joint), can become injured. There will be pain located on the joint which may spread into the shoulder. Medical help should be consulted …

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Bruised Sternum & Sternum Fracture

The sternum is also known as the breast bone. Direct trauma or impact can cause a contusion or in more severe cases a sternum fracture may occur. On this page: Bruised sternum explained Sternum fracture explained Sternoclavicular sprain Bruised sternum A bruised sternum, or sternum contusion as it is also known, occurs after an impact …

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Collapsed Lung or Pneumothorax

A pneumothorax or collapsed lung occurs when there is a build-up of air in the space between the lungs and the rib cage – known as the pleural space. Symptoms include a sharp chest pain and shortness of breath. This condition can be caused by a specific injury like broken ribs, or just happen for …

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Bruised Ribs & Rib Fractures

The most common injuries to the ribs are contusions and fractures caused by direct impact. A stress fracture of the rib can also occur. On this page: Rib contusion Rib fracture Stress fracture of the ribs Costochondral separation / Rib separation Bruised ribs Bruised ribs or a rib contusion occurs following a direct impact to …

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