Causes of right clavicle pain and swelling.

Patient

Q: Does sleeping with your right arm stretched out beneath your head under a pillow cause clavicle pain and swelling?

Symptoms:  Swelling in the right clavicle area where it meets the breast bone. Discomfort when laying on right side and resting the head on the right hand. Pain with right shoulder movement.
Doctor

A:   Thank you for your question. The inflammation of the cartilage between between the clavicle and sternum could indeed be caused by excessive strain on the sternoclavicular joint by the position you kept your arm in. This strain to sternoclavicular joint could range in severity. In fact, the sternoclavicular joint can actually become dislocated, resulting pain and inflammation of this joint. In order to determine how severe this injury is, we recommend that you have this area examined by your doctor to determine the extent of this injury. Treatment is usually supportive in nature, treating the pain and inflammation. You can also be advised to restrict your movement for some time to ensure adequate healing of this injury.

Thank you for consulting AskTheDoctor.com

Related Q&A

Q: Lower bak pain and generall shoulder pain

Q: I been having constant neck and head pain for almost 7 months now. Woke up one day with terrible headache and stiffed...

Q: I have been having pain in my neck and shoulder for the past 6 weeks after a work accident and all scans have shown n...

Q: I've had multiple shoulder issues, including my latest MRI showing thickening and bursitis. I also now have straighte...

Q: I had an arthroscopic bankart repair on my shoulder in March 2015 with 2 anchors inserted. Within 4 months it was app...

 
DOCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews