BACK PAIN 4 BODY - Neck - Collar Bone - Know More

What to do when you have a problem with your Neck - Collar Bone ?

First and foremost, you need a proper diagnostic from your Doc.
That's a MUST.

Where to go to Find Out more
What Questions to Ask
Why is this happening NOW?
Where to Ask On Line
3.Psychology - Emotions
4.Alternative Therapies
 2.New German Medicine
6.Trigger Points
8.Folk Remedies
9.Feng Shui

Clavicle and collar bone are synonymous terms. The word clavicle is derived from the Latin clavicula, which means “little key,” as the bone’s shape resembles an old Roman door key and rotates about its long axis during shoulder motion. The clavicle is an S-shaped bone that is one of three bones that comprise the shoulder girdle.

The clavicle acts as a strut for the shoulder, allowing the arm to move away from the body. It also serves as attachment for many muscles of the upper body including the pectoralis major, the deltoid and the trapezius muscles.

Beyond its mechanical duties, the clavicle also protects important nerves and blood vessels. Just beneath the clavicle lie neurovascular structures which supply the upper limb.
Lastly, the clavicle creates a collar for our necklines. As it lies just below the surface of the skin, the contour of the clavicle is highly visible. Its unique curvature and shape make it a very attractive feature of the upper chest.

The clavicle is particularly susceptible to fracture because of its unique shape. As it is S-shaped, direct impacts to the shoulder generate a bending action in the middle of the bone. Imagine trying to break a stick – you wouldn’t try to push the ends together to break it; you would bend it. The clavicle’s unique shape means that when its end is pushed on at the shoulder, it bends in the middle. Unfortunately the clavicle is also smallest in the middle, which makes that its weakest part. When all these unique characteristics combine, the result is that clavicles commonly break. A direct blow to the shoulder or a fall onto an outstretched arm often causes a clavicle fracture. In most cases the fracture occurs in the middle third of the bone.
My clavicle is broken, now what?

If you haven’t already done so, consult a physician. It is likely that your physician will have your shoulder X-rayed. X-rays will allow you and an orthopedic surgeon to determine the best solution for your injury.
Clavicles have traditionally been treated without surgery using slings or figure-8 braces. Many clavicle fractures can and should be treated in this manner. However if your clavicle fracture is displaced (bone ends are separated from each other), comminuted (multiple bone fragments), or shortened (bone ends overlapping), you may be a candidate for surgery. In fact many recent studies have shown that clavicle fractures treated non-operatively have a higher rate of nonunion (bones don’t heal back together), malunion (bones grow together but in the wrong position) and shoulder complications.


Fractures of the Clavicle: Clavicular fractures represent 2.6 percent to 5 percent of all fractures, with middle-third fractures accounting for 69 percent to 82 percent of such fractures. The junction of the outer and middle third is the thinnest part of the bone, and the only area not protected by or reinforced with muscle and ligamentous attachments. These anatomic features make it prone to fracture, particularly from a fall on the point of the shoulder, which results in an axial load to the clavicle.

Optimal treatment of nondisplaced or minimally displaced midshaft fracture is with a sling or "figure-of-8" dressing; the nonunion rate is very low.3 Most middle-third fractures occur medial to the coracoclavicular ligament, at the junction of the middle and outer thirds of the clavicle. The proximal fragment is typically displaced upward because of the pull of the sternocleidomastoid muscle. The usual mechanism of injury involves a direct force applied to the lateral aspect of the shoulder as a result of a fall, sporting injury or motor-vehicle accident.
Anatomically, the acromioclavicular and coracoclavicular ligaments attach the clavicle to the scapula laterally. The sternoclavicular and costoclavicular ligaments anchor the clavicle medially. The sternocleidomastoid and the subclavius muscles also have points of attachment to the clavicle.
While the overwhelming majority of clavicle fractures are benign, associated life-threatening intrathoracic injuries are possible. This is true because the clavicle also protects the adjacent brachial plexus, lung and blood vessels. Complications vary based on location of fracture. The diligent chiropractor will consistently re-evaluate the athlete following the initial injury and diagnosis.

Helping Fractures Heal (Orthobiologics)
Orthobiologics are substances that orthopaedic surgeons use to help injuries heal more quickly. They are used to improve the healing of broken bones and injured muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These products are made from substances that are naturally found in your body. When they are used in higher concentrations, they may help speed up the healing process.

Response 1
How long will it take for a fractured bone to heal completely ?
How long will it take for a fractured bone to heal completely so as to return to martial arts?My right leg had a fracture (a mild one) just under the toe(i think its the sesamoid bone) about 4 months ago.I had plastered my leg for about 1 month and it almost healed completely.But recently I've been suffering from mild pain near the fractured area.
,it would take approximately 8 weeks to recover medically but to do martial arts it would take its own time ,depending on your diet
,please take proteinaceous diet ,like egg meat etc to recover ,and take advice of a orthopaedician and physiotherapist ,take care
Dr. Prakash Kumar Gupta,
General & Family Physician

Response 2
Any fracture of bone will take about 90 to 100 days to heal...i.e more than 3 months.
since you had fracture it is better to take rest for 3 months and then you can resume to normal work..after the fracture healing, the limb must not be stressed much, this will lead to again fracture... hence complete rest is need.. sesamoid bone is normal.. nothing to worry..
2.Nutrition  Vitamins
Calcium [in Apricots, Asparagus, Basil, Black beans, Bok choy, Broccoli, Brown rice, Brussel sprouts,  Cabbage, Celery, Cinnamon, Collard greens, Dates, Fennel, Garbanzo beans, Garlic, Green beans, Kale, Kidney beans, Oatmeal, Okra, Oregano,  Parsley, Peanut butter, Peppermint, Pinto beans, Prunes, Pumkin, Raisins, Roman lettuce, Rosemary, Quinoa, Salmon, Sardines, Sesame seeds, Spinach (cooked), Spirulina, Squash, Sweet potatoes, Tahini, Tofu ( 120-750mg Ca), Turnip greens], Magnesium (black beans, navy beans, nuts - almonds, brasil nuts, hazel nuts, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts ), Phosphorus (Garbanzo beans), Vitamin A (Barley, Millet, Rye), C (helps makes collagen), D (Beef Liver, Cottage cheese, Eggs,Fish, Halibut, Herring, Liver, Mackerel, Sardines, Yougurt), E, K (fat solubile vitamin, helps knit the bone - in Collard greens, Kale), Zn, Sea vegetables (agar-agar, hijiki, kelp, kombi, nori, wakame), Boron ( it reduces urinary excretion of Calcium in Apples), Silica (helps absorb Calcium) , Zn (helps repair tissues), Alpha Lipoic acid ( flax seed oil, walnut oil, soybean oil, canola oil)
*Absorbtion of Calcium is helped by Lysine ( amino acid = protein building block in fish, milk, soy products, yeast) 
*Avoid / reduce Alcohol, Coffee, Salt, Sugar, Red meat - they inhibit Calcium absorbtion, some whole grains and vegetables reduces Calcium absorbtion.

Ljiljana Bogunovic, M.D., et al., of the Hospital for Special Surgery, note that in a study conducted between 2007 and 2008, a deficiency of vitamin D was evident in 50 percent of patients due for orthopedic surgery, theoretically reducing the success rate of bone regeneration unless patients' vitamin D levels were boosted. As of 2011 the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine now recommends a daily allowance, or RDA, of 600 international units (I.U.), or 15 micrograms (mcg), rising to 800 I.U., or 20 mcg, after age 70, a rise of 5 and 10 mcg, respectively.Heike Bischoff-Ferrari, Director of the Center on Aging and Mobility at the University of Zurich, believes that a high enough dose of vitamin D reduces the need for high doses of calcium, given that vitamin D increases the absorption rate of calcium.

The continued use of anti-inflammatory drugs over several months can increase the rate of cartilaginous breakdown in joints of people who have osteoarthritis.  The drugs mentioned in the studies include Aspirin, Anaprox, Lodine, Meclomin, Motrin, Naprosin, Pensile, Relafen, Toreador, Tolectin, Indocin and Ibuprofen.

While healing from a bone injury or trying to strengthen bones, make these foods the main ingredients in your entrees, rather than just a side dish. Half a cup of spinach gives you 146 mg calcium, and 1/2 cup collard greens gives you 178 mg.

3.Psychology - Emotions

In case of Pain check:

People who hurt you
Objects that you dislike or make you unhappy
Ideas or concepts about yourself that are harmful or no longer useful
Situations, like jobs or relationships that make you unhappy
Clutter, paper, clothes, objects, furniture
A mole, a wart, a physical aspect about yourself that you dislike
Inconveniences or burdens on your time and energy
Other people's problems that are "given" to you
Something that's eluded you, like success, money, love, a certain clothing size

4.Alternative Therapies
Meanwhile, check a couple of things and Educate yourself on  :
You can go:
 1.Homeopathy /s way (Find your own remedy :
You need to consider : Constituion, Emotions, State of mind, When, How, Why did it occured, are there other symptoms, What aggravates, ameliorates...
Symphytum (bone knit) can be used for up to 3 weeks to promote healing. Do not take this unless you are sure the bone is aligned, for the healing is profound.

2.New German Medicine (body heals itself when the issues are dealt with - conflicts, traumas, emotions - eg: Neck : Could it be the case of  an  'intellectual self-devaluation conflict in relation to a “partner” ? )


3.Chinese Way -

Broken Bones
Chief among these modalities to help promote the healing of broken bones are Acupuncture, Herbology, and Medical qigong :  moving blood, relieving pain and inflammation, and also supporting the kidneys, which in Chinese medicine, rule the bones. Acupuncture for broken bones uses points that are local to the injury or the associated meridian pathway, which helps to reduce swelling and inflammation. General pain points used by the Shanghai College of Traditional Medicine include Ear points, Shen men, Adrenal gland, Kidney point and points specific to the area of injury. Long term therapy is directed toward the kidneys, which would include Kidney 3, the source point of the kidney found on the ankle, and Bladder 23, an important controlling point of the kidney located on the back over the kidneys.

Re:TCM and Fractures
 In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) - bones are considered to be in the domain of the Kidney energy.
Case: Non-Healing Clavicle Fracture
'Jeff, a 27-year-old long-haul truck driver broke his collar bone (clavicle) in a pick-up basketball game. His doctor told him that it was a clean break and should heal on its own within a month. He gave Jeff a sling and recommended that he not use his left arm in order to allow the fracture to mend itself. The doctor told him to come back for x-rays in 3 weeks. Jeff followed his doctor’s instructions and did not use his arm, but at his return visit the x-ray revealed no bone growth had occurred to reattach the two ends of the broken collar bone. His doctor suggested he take calcium and return in 3 more weeks for another x-ray. Once again, the follow up x-rays revealed no bone growth. At this point, the doctor told Jeff that if his bones did not begin to knit together, a plate would have to be surgically inserted to attach them.
Examination and Diagnosis
Except for his broken clavicle I found Jeff to be a healthy, non-smoking, non-drinking man with a reasonable diet, considering his profession. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) bones are considered to be in the domain of the Kidney energy, however Jeff did not present with any obvious deficiencies. This was a case where the symptom was the only problem.
I treated Jeff twice weekly for 2½ weeks. At each visit he was treated both with acupuncture and also with electric stimulation of the needles in the vicinity of the fracture.
Treatment Results
Immediately after receiving his first treatment Jeff reported that he experienced absolutely no pain from the needles. In place of his state of anxiety, he now felt a wonderful sense of peace. Three weeks after his first treatment with me, Jeff returned to his orthopedist for another x-ray. This time the x-ray revealed substantial bone growth.
Jeff was extremely relieved by this news. He subsequently healed completely . . . without surgical intervention.'

Case 2
I treated 2 patients with broken bones, both of which were supposed
to have surgery and one also needing a bone graft. I did needles
above and below the fracture, with electrical stim attached to
needles above, running to below (through the break). Neither had to
have surgery. case #1 was a cyclist, who fell off his bike for the
2nd time and broke his collar bone in the same exact place. He was
seeing the orthopedic doc for the university of texas athletes, who
told him he needed surgery and a bone graft. Said doc was also very
disparaging about acupcunture, but since he was already my patient
for a motor sensory problem wm could do nothing for that actually
responded quite well to acupuncture, he came to see me anyway for the
broken bone. We did 2 txs a week for a month. When he returned to
orthopedist, he was very surprised to see his xrays and told him they
wouldn't need to do a bone graft or surgery. Pt was pleased and
stopped seeing me. When he went back for his 2 month check up, he
still had some ache in the break. When the doc put up his xrays he
said, " It looks like the healing process stopped dead in it's tracks
since the last time I saw you..... " He called me from the doctor's
office hallway to schedule another appointment.

balanced meridians via tsing and luo points with good effect. Then I tried the opposites and
distal points and channels (SP ST) with LU 5 and LI 4, 10 on the
opposite side and remaned in some pain even with electro stim.
I basically began treatment of a " Gu Bi " syndrome,  " run the channels "
" Spanking the baby " as you put it worked quite nicely in the acute



  d.Ayurveda - Aloe vera will help to encourage the healing of broken bones, and can be applied externally as a gel, or taken internally.

4. SuJok
- any trauma leads to excess of Coldness energy
Case: Treatment - sedation of the Coldness energy in the affected area. Sedation to UM- Fear
How to Reduce Pain and Speed up Recovery Time

Case : Broken Leg
massaged the painful points according to Su-Jok’s basic and mini corresponding systems and warmed up them using Moxa. Then put needles to the same points for 30 minutes
which had a significant impact on the level of pain and the patient felt much better.

using M particles


Clavicle - the second phalange of the big toe represents the cranium.
Beneath it are the seven cervical vertebrae which represent the neck.
From here, horizontally, departs the clavicle, or collar bone, which is reflected dorsally in the heads of the metatarsals.

6.Trigger Points

Trapezus, Scapula, SCM - to work on them by proxy
Muscles involved :
Trapezius Muscle Location and Trigger Points

Levator Scapula Muscle Location

Scalene Muscle Locations and Trigger Points

Serratus Posterior Superior Muscle Location and Trigger Points

Rhomboid Muscle Location and Trigger Points

Teres Major/Minor Muscle Location and Trigger Points

Latissimus Dorsi Muscle Location and Trigger Points

The Levator Scapula muscle’s main function is to raise the shoulder blade. Stress and tension keep the shoulders raised, creating increased tension on this muscle. Poor posture can also be a factor.

When Trigger Points are evident in this muscle, it can be very painful. This muscle is typically involved when you find yourself unable to turn your head. In this case, the direction which you cannot turn is the side that of the problematic Trigger Point. Using the Pressure Pointer to treat the Trigger Points can help restore full movement.


Alfalfa, Barley Grass, Black Cohosh, Boneset, Dandelion Root, FeverfewNettle, Parsley, Poke Root, Rosehips, Yucca help to build strong bones. Caution: Do not use boneset on a daily basis for more than one week, as long term use can lead to toxicity. Feverfew is good for pain relief and acts as an anti-inflammatory. Caution: Do not use feverfew during pregnancy.

Comfrey Root (a poultice on the area directly...and/or an infusion of comfrey, Horsetail and Mousear after the plaster cast has been removed...similar for direct application of Arnica, which you can also find in a gel or cream).  I've also read that Aloe vera helps encourage the healing of broken bones, and that it can be applied both externally as a gel, and can be taken internally.
Tea made from Comfrey Root, Mallow Root, Plantain, Bone Set and/or Chia Seed (taken singly or in combination) will also speed the healing.
[ UPDATE: While fine used externally, comfrey contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids, compounds that are potentially toxic to the there is some controversy about its safety when used internally...especially the *root*. One recent study by notied boichemist Bruce Ames, Ph.D., of UC Berkeley, indicated that comfrey *leaf* tea is less carcinogenic than an equivalent amount of beer, however, so this is the way I'd go for just a few weeks as a booster in addition to the external poultices that you can use indefinitely. ]

8.Folk Remedies  


 "01/08/2008: Sayeed from Hyderabad, India: "In response to Lynn's question for his brother with bone chip.
one tea spoon Caraway (kalonji) oil two tea spoon pure honey 2 tea spoon vinegar (ACV).
Mix it daily in a cup, consume half of it early morning before breakfast and remaining half at bed time. Keep doing it for 40 days, even after healing for complete results.
This remedy was given to my cousin (by a pious elder), whose both knees were not bonding for 2 years after an accident."

9.Feng Shui

Charting Your 4 Pillars 

10. Meanings
 Neck It is also the part of the body where the yoke, emblem of labor and hardship, dependence and subjection, is borne (Dt 28:48; Jer 27:8,11,12; 28:14; Acts 15:10)
obstinacy often mingled with rebellion
 "stiff-necked" in the scriptures it means that they refuse to follow the guidance of the Lord.

Let love, fainthfulness, favor, kindness, loyalty, mercy, truth bind around your neck as the Scriptures say.

Also See Broken rib

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