While a fairly uncommon injury, when it does occur, about 50 percent result from motor vehicle accidents. The sternoclavicular joint (SCJ) is the joint that connects the collarbone and breastbone. Keep reading to see who’s most at risk for this disorder and how it’s treated.

Causes & Triggers

  • Accident or fall
  • Blunt trauma
  • Congenital, degenerative or inflammatory processes
  • Contact sports injury
  • Direct blow or hard strike

Signs & Symptoms

  • Clicking
  • Limited range of motion
  • Pain
  • Popping
  • Swelling

Tips & Treatments

  • This injury occurs more often in men (especially young men) than women.
  • Seek immediate medical attention for this injury since severe injury may be life-threatening.
  • Treatment for less severe SCJ injury typically involves immobilizing or slinging the arm to stabilize the joint.