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The shoulder is a highly active joint that offers the greatest range of motion in the human body.  We rely on the shoulder joint to help us perform countless everyday activities, so when shoulder pain and shoulder weakness prevents us from completing simple tasks, medical treatment is usually recommended. Degenerative diseases and other common conditions of the shoulder, such as arthritis, bursitis, and tendonitis can create pain and weakness for patients, and if left untreated, can lead to bigger problems. Direct trauma to the shoulder, such as a sternoclavicular joint injury or dislocation, often requires surgical intervention.  Dr. Padalecki is skilled to treat a number of shoulder conditions, and when surgery is recommended, you can depend on his entire team to offer the best care and surgical approach to treat and manage your injury.

Shoulder injuries are usually classified in three common areas:  athletic injuries, traumatic injuries, and degenerative and arthritic conditions.

Sternoclavicular Joint Fracture

An Overview on a Sternoclavicular Joint Fracture (SC Fracture) The clavicle (collarbone) is a long, curved bone making up a portion of the shoulder girdle, connecting the shoulder to the sternum (breastbone). A sternoclavicular joint fracture takes place when a break occurs in the clavicle or the sternum. The break can occur at either end [...]

Sternoclavicular Joint Instability

Sternoclavicular Joint Instability (SC Instability) Overview Sternoclavicular joint instability is a condition that occurs when the bones and structures that make up the SC joint region of the shoulder do not work as designed, commonly caused by an associated shoulder injury. Similar to shoulder instability, patients with SC instability experience similar symptoms and joint issues. [...]

Sternoclavicular Joint Sprain

Sternoclavicular Joint Sprain (SC Sprain) Overview Sternoclavicular (SC) joint sprains are often referred to as shoulder sprains in the general population. However, shoulder sprains can affect various structures within the shoulder joint, while a sternoclavicular joint sprain is a distinct injury involving a tear of the ligaments that make up this region of the shoulder, [...]

Sternoclavicular Joint Subluxation

An Overview on Sternoclavicular Joint Subluxation (SC Subluxation) The sternoclavicular joint, otherwise known as the SC joint, is the connection of the collarbone (clavicle) to the breastbone (sternum). When a patient is falling, the first instinct is to put the arm out in order to protect them from impact. When this occurs, the risk for [...]

Sternoclavicular Joint Dislocation

Sternoclavicular Joint Dislocation (SC Dislocation) The sternoclavicular joint, also known as the SC joint, is the area of the shoulder where the collarbone (clavicle) connects to the breastbone (sternum). The clavicle and sternum are connected and held tightly together by a number of ligaments, muscles, cartilage and soft tissue. While an SC joint dislocation is [...]